By: Karen Campbell-Nelson Oct 02, 2017
Karen Campbell-Nelson, Global Ministries Mission Co-worker in Indonesia, shares a worship liturgy from the 2017 Fall Mission Coworker Conference. The message centers on Psalm 31.Read more...
By: Linda James Oct 02, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 21:33-46
Prayers for Democratic Republic of Congo:
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
In this vineyard, we call the Democratic Republic of Congo, you have created a land of plenty. There is rich soil for planting. There are rivers, lakes, and an ocean that provide water – the earthly source of life. There is land containing a wealth of minerals. There is a people who are your faithful...Read more...
By: Jeffrey Mensendiek Sep 29, 2017
I want to introduce you to some paintings by Soichi Watanabe, one of Japan’s most internationally known Christian artists. I happen to know him from thirty years ago when we met through a Bible study held at the house of a Christian professor in the city of Sendai. Watanabe’s paintings are special in many ways. First, his paintings are mostly based on biblical themes. Second, you will notice that the contours are...Read more...
By: Global Ministries Sep 27, 2017
Long-term Mission Co-Worker in Japan, Jeffrey Mensendiek, was instrumental in coordinating humanitarian relief during and in the years following the 2011 Fukushima “Triple Disaster” of tsunami, flooding, and nuclear contamination. Since then he has facilitated an exchange of Christmas cards between U.S. congregations and those of our partner church in Japan. Last year 38 UCC and Disciples churches wrote cards to 86 churches in Japan. Jeffrey’s letter to participating churches is also...Read more...
By: Tom Liddle Sep 25, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 21:23-32
Prayers for East Timor:
Merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. By the power of your Spirit you send us into the world to witness to the grace and love revealed in your Son. But quite often we do not go. You work vindication and justice for the oppressed and call us to do the same. But quite often we serve you...Read more...
By: Susan Valiquette Sep 18, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 20:1-16
Prayers for South Africa:
Thank you for your outpouring of grace. You are kind and generous to all your children. Teach us to see others with your eyes and be just as forgiving. Thank you for the healing that results when we are quick to forgive. Bless and keep South Africa and her people during these years of mending the wounds of injustice. In Jesus’...Read more...
By: Victor Makari Sep 11, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 18: (21-35)
Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
Gracious God, your Word exposes our predisposition to retaliate, seek vengeance and pay evil for evil. Jesus’ picture of the Kingdom to which you invite our citizenship convicts our individual and collective consciences. By his sacrifice, you have shown us the breadth, depth and richness of your mercy, and have granted us forgiveness of all our sins. By the power of your Holy...Read more...
By: Global Ministries Aug 28, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 16: (21-28)
Prayers for Mexico:
Dear Lord: Help us to walk alongside those who are being crucified daily in the midst of a suffering people. Accompany us as we live today being aware of your presence, Jesus, in every human being, in every circumstance. Let us find you in the walks and ways of the borders, where constant threats, thirst, and hunger are part of the challenge of...Read more...
By: Nishan Bakalian Aug 23, 2017
It has been an intense, tragic and difficult summer in many places in the world. But here in the sweltering heat of Beirut, teams of young people, in their teens, twenties and thirties, are spending week upon week serving children in refugee camps, overnight conferences and full-day Vacation Bible School programs throughout the city as well as the country. With energy, commitment and creativity, these young people start their planning work months...Read more...
By: Carmelo Alvarez Aug 21, 2017
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28
Prayers for Venezuela:
Oh, God, as we confess that you are the foundation of our faith and the foundation of the church, give us the strength and the power to be active agents of your reign in our world.
In times of conflict, confrontation, and despair in Venezuela, grant that the Evangelical Pentecostal Union of Venezuela could be an agent of reconciliation and...Read more...