By: Marilyn Cooper Mar 16, 2015
Lectionary Selection: John 12: 20-33
Prayers for Ecuador:
God most high yet here with us! We sometimes think you do not care. We are lonely: full of distrust, pain, sadness. Even your Son endured much, and we are told, for us.
Why must we die in order to live? Serve instead of being served? Why cannot we be the focus?
The “prince of this world,” the devil, will be driven...Read more...
By: Loren McGrail Mar 15, 2015
Prepared by Rev. Loren McGrail
St. Andrews Scotts Memorial Church, Jerusalem
Bible Study, March 15, 2015
The crucifixion of Jesus was a rite of Roman power. The marching of the charged or defeated through the streets is well documented during the Roman Occupation.Read more...
By: Loren McGrail Mar 15, 2015
Let me begin by saying that there is nothing in my tradition about celebrating a fire on Holy Saturday. In fact it is usually a sad and solemn day as we imagine that Christ is either dead or in hell. Most churches do Palm Sunday and maybe a Maundy Thursday service with foot washing or a community meal. If they do either of these they usually end with stripping the altar and turning off the lights. In some churches I...Read more...
By: Global Ministries Mar 12, 2015
The Latin America Biblical University (Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana, “UBL”) was an exciting place for me to volunteer. It is a shining light for Protestant students in Latin America to explore new ways to approach studying the Bible with an innovative and challenging perspective. It also attracts Protestant church groups from the US. In the midst of conservative tendencies in churches throughout Latin America, students at UBL are being challenged to re-encounter the Good...Read more...
By: Loren McGrail Mar 10, 2015
The new year has already brought two snowstorms and with them snowball fights and the death of five babies who froze to death in their blown apart homes in Gaza. There is no peace process to speak of, Palestinian youth are killed daily in clashes, homes are demolished routinely, and war planes still fly overhead. This is life under a military occupation. It gives me new insights into what Jesus was trying to...Read more...
By: Michael Joseph Mar 10, 2015
I almost missed it... My wife had just dozed off and the recorded sitcom we had been watching had just ended. I decided to flip through the channels one more time to see if anything interesting was on. And there it was… there were about 5 minutes left in the Miss Universe Pageant.Read more...
By: Judy Chan Mar 10, 2015
Every year between late January and February, Chinese around the world celebrate the “Spring Festival” or what is known as the Lunar New Year. In 2015, the first day of the Chinese New Year of the Sheep fell on February 19th. I grew up with this custom with my family in Mississippi. We cleaned house, put out fresh flowers and got red packets (lucky money) from our parents. I even recall my happy...Read more...
By: Gary Luallin Mar 09, 2015
Lectionary Selection: John 3: 14-21
Prayers for Ghana:
Loving God, who taught us what it means to love the entire World, today we focus on your work in Ghana, West Africa. It is our prayer that you bless our partners there as they function as church to encourage each other to keep our eyes and hearts on Jesus. Please bless them as they reach out and minister to the children who live...Read more...