By: Cara McKinney Jan 22, 2018
Lectionary 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...
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 BargainRead more...
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.Read more...
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...
By: Andy Jepson Jan 08, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 1:43-51
Prayers for Sri Lanka:
God 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...
By: Bethany Waggoner Jan 01, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 1:4-11
Prayers for Lebanon:
Gracious 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...Read more...
By: Maria Bakalian Dec 25, 2017
Lectionary 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...
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...Read more...
By: Elena Huegel Dec 13, 2017
“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...
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...