Mission Stories

  • Pray with Mexico on Sunday, January 28, 2018

    By: Cara McKinney Jan 22, 2018

    don_lauro_con_jóvenes_edited.jpegLectionary Selection: Mark 1:21-28

    Prayers for Mexico:

    Father and mother God,

    We ask for your guidance in listening to the voices of those who, like Jesus in the temple, speak from their own authority, those who carry the authority of their people, those who may see parts of the world differently than the way we see them. We ask you to open our eyes to the achievements of those who surround...Read more...

  • Go get soaked

    By: Loren McGrail Jan 19, 2018

    Sermon preached Jan. 7, 2018 at St Andrew’s Scots Memorial Church, Jerusalem

    First Sunday after the Epiphany
    Genesis 1.1-5; Psalm 29.1-11; Acts 19.1-7; Mark 1.4-11
    Rev Loren McGrail, United Church of Christ / YWCA of Palestine

    Don’t mind the mud.
    A certain drowning is required as Breath
    From above is delivered on the wings of a dove.

    The Baptizer’s bargain is this:
    There’s no getting right with God.
    There’s only getting soaked.

    From Ken Sehested, The Baptizer’s Bargain


  • News From the Beloved Land

    By: Tom Liddle Jan 12, 2018

    I saw a woman on the main street of Lospalos selling vegetables the other day. She was crouched on the sidewalk beside a bucket of jackfruit, selling big pieces of the sticky, succulent fruit for a quarter. Her smile was as bright as ever despite the hard life she leads as a subsistence farmer. She greeted me warmly and insisted on giving me some jackfruit for Simon. I accepted gratefully.


  • We Fools in Christ

    By: Rosalind Gnatt Jan 10, 2018

    Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or well-born when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose the low-born, the things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast...Read more...

  • Pray with Sri Lanka on Sunday, January 14, 2018

    By: Andy Jepson Jan 08, 2018

    Lectionary Selection: John 1:43-51

    Prayers for Sri Lanka:

    sri-lanka-1.jpgGod of all people and of all hope, we give thanks that you created us to be love, hope and peace for and with each other. 

    You trust us all with mighty work in a world of mighty needs. 

    Were we to trust only ourselves, we would fail.  We would invite the future we fear most – war and injustice, destruction...Read more...

  • Pray with Lebanon on Sunday, January 7, 2018

    By: Bethany Waggoner Jan 01, 2018

    Lectionary Selection: Mark 1:4-11

    Prayers for Lebanon:

    lebanon-weekly-prayer.jpgGracious and loving God, 

    In this holy season of renewal and rebirth, may we be made new through reflection and repentance. 

    In this holy season of hope for a better tomorrow, may we be charged with the fire of the Holy Spirit and resolved to be active participants in building a peaceful world.  

    In this holy season of your love made real...

  • Pray with Lebanon on Sunday, December 31, 2017

    By: Maria Bakalian Dec 25, 2017

    Lebanon_2017_Maria_Bakalian_01.jpegLectionary Selection: Luke 2:22-40

    Prayers for Lebanon:

    Praise the Lord (Hallelujah!).

    We come before you, joining all of creation, and praise your name. Praise to you, the Creator of all in the universe, the Giver of life, the Provider and Sustainer of us all.

    We at times are not aware of your unending love for us, and yet you continue to love us with unconditional love. At times we are impatient in our...Read more...

  • Pray with Mexico on Sunday, December 24, 2017

    By: Elena Huegel Dec 18, 2017

    Lectionary Selection: Luke 1:26-38

    Prayers for Mexico:

    There I was:          small, defenseless, alone    
                                without any understanding of the magnitude of the damage.

    There You were:    powerful, loving, and in a strange, incomprehensible way,
                                full of compassion.

     You saw me, You loved me, years went by...     and,  today, You keep loving me.

    There I was:          growing in pain, in sadness, in anger;
                                clinging to You, to...

  • The Widow's Mite (Might)

    By: Elena Huegel Dec 13, 2017

    Mexico_12-12-17.jpg“And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

    And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:

    For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she...Read more...

  • Arriving in Jerusalem

    By: Global Ministries Dec 12, 2017

    Arriving in Jerusalem took me back to the origins of the people of the three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. To see and experience the living presence of the three faiths, and how they are interconnected through this historical, Middle-Eastern town named Jerusalem, opens my mind and heart to listen and hear more fully. I heard the voice of the Islamic conquest of 632 of the city known as al-Qudsash-Sharif (“the noble and sacred”) in the call for prayer...Read more...

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