By: Tom Liddle Nov 28, 2018
Reflection for Advent 1, December 2, 2018
Psalm 25:1-10; Luke 21:25-36
It’s a Sunday afternoon and I’m walking up a rocky trail to the house of a family of Immanuel Church. As I get closer, I see a huge blackened pot sitting atop a cooking fire. Smoke from the fire wafts in the breeze and drifts off over the top of a barren hill. The mom comes out to tend the fire. She is likely boiling cassava or taro, both staple foods...Read more...
By: Larry Colvin Nov 28, 2018
It was a hot day. Well, let’s face it, in Ghana every day is hot. On this day, however, the electricity had gone out rending any cooling effect our fans might give - void. The house heated up as the day continued and to seek some relief, we made a move to the front porch.Read more...
By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Nov 26, 2018
Having grown up as an American in Japan, one of my great passions is to be a bridge for people who want to encounter new cultures. This month we had a group of ten people from Los Angeles, led by Mike Okamura of Altadena Community Church UCC. They visited our partner church, the Kyodan, to learn about issues facing the Japanese church, and to visit specific projects and ministries. Mike’s relatives live in Fukushima. He was particularly interested in taking...Read more...
By: Niko Sopepa Nov 26, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Luke 21:25-36
Prayers for Fiji:
Creator God, Lord of the land and sea, we are grateful for the beauty of the world. We see your hand working miraculously in everything that we have touched and defiled because of our greed. The ocean used to roar in praise and awe at your marvelous and majestic work. But now it roars in pain, its surface becoming warmer evermore that it spews...Read more...
By: Maria Bakalian Nov 19, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 18:33-37
Prayers for Lebanon:
Almighty God. You are creator of all. You are the blessed and only Ruler. We come before you and praise you, for you are Lord of lords and King of kings.
You use your authority as the Omnipotent in ways unlike earthly kings.
Your rule brings peace and unity.
Your authority originates from doing the will of God.
We praise you for teaching us...Read more...
By: Tom Liddle Nov 14, 2018
The end of the dry season in Timor-Leste feels a little bit like being in a pressure cooker. From about September through November it gets hotter and more humid until usually sometime in mid-November the clouds finally burst, the rainy season starts, and people get busy planting corn.Read more...
By: Tom Liddle Nov 14, 2018
We had a great morning in the village of Sorolua, a small village about 45 minutes from Lospalos. Two years ago Clinic Immanuel started a partnership with this village to do health education and some consultation visiting the village monthly for a year and then decreasing frequency. Part of the program included a “healthy home” project and building some toilets. Clinic staff worked with the village chief to figure out how to make the village “open defecation free.” Families that...Read more...
By: Cara McKinney Nov 12, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 13:1-8
Prayers for Mexico:
Mother and Father God,
Today we pray for our brothers and sisters in Mexico as they work towards creating a country where girls can grow up to be who they want to be and do what they want to do. Please bring strength and compassion to the people who are fighting for girls’ rights.
Help us to challenge stereotypes and gender roles in our...Read more...
By: Bosela Eale Nov 05, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 1:14-20
Prayers for Kenya:
As we gather to worship you, fill us with anticipation and prepare us by your Spirit. Be the first thought in our hearts and help us to be conscious of your direction. Strengthen us for service, nourish us with the bread of life, transform us for mission.
We know that we have preferred to stay with the questions rather than to look...Read more...