By: Bruce Van Voorhis Dec 10, 2018
Sermon preached at Kowloon Union Church, Second Sunday of Advent and Human Rights Sunday
Old Testament: Micah 6:6–8
Epistle: James 1:22–25
Gospel: Matthew 22:34–40
Today, Lord, may the meditations of my heart, of my mind and of my spirit be acceptable and pleasing to you, the God of life that offers peace to all people, and may they express the wisdom you have given to each one of us....Read more...
By: Tom Liddle Dec 05, 2018
Reflection for Advent 2, December 9, 2018
Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
Walking into the Lospalos hospital, we followed a trail of dried blood drops up the stairs, through a hall and across a dirty tile floor to the emergency room. We don’t do x-rays or casts at Clinic Immanuel so a few of us were taking a kid with a broken arm to the government hospital. My colleague put the child on a dingy examination bed. I stepped over some...Read more...
By: Anne Gregory Dec 05, 2018
During Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to a virgin girl who lived in Nazareth, a town in Galilee. She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph from the family of David. Her name was Mary.The angel came to her and said, “Greetings! The Lord is with you; you are very special to him.”Read more...
By: Global Ministries Dec 03, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Luke 3:7-18
Prayers for Israel/Palestine:
God Who Hears the Cries of the Oppressed, bring relief to all in the world who suffer the political ruthlessness of a Tiberius, Pilate or Herod, to all who suffer the self-serving religious indifference of an Annas or Caiaphas.
Move the faithful in churches, synagogues and mosques, along with people of good will, to prepare your way, to fill every valley with justice, to...Read more...
By: Elena Huegel Nov 30, 2018
At the grocery store yesterday, the smells from a newly arranged corner of the fruit and vegetable area transported me back to my early childhood at the Theological Community in Mexico City. There were "tejocotes" (the internet translates this fruit as the Mexican hawthorne), cinnamon sticks, "piloncillo" (blocks of distilled and hardened sugar cane), tangerines, raw sugar cane, raisins and tamarind fruit, the ingredients for the Mexican Christmas hot punch, neatly arranged in preparation for the coming of advent. I...Read more...
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...