Mission Stories

  • Pray for Ecuador on Sunday, March 22, 2015

    By: Marilyn Cooper Mar 16, 2015

    ecuador_1.jpgLectionary 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...

  • The Way of the Cross or Nonviolent Path to Redemption

    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.


  • Suffering Love: In Remembrance of Her (sermon)

    By: Loren McGrail Mar 15, 2015

    Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31

    Mark 14: 3-9


    Rev. Loren McGrail
    March 15, 2015
    St. Andrew’s Scots Memorial Church


  • Unbinding

    By: Loren McGrail Mar 15, 2015

    John 11

    In our Gospel story about Lazarus, Jesus comes late to Mary and Martha's home. Mary chastises him for not getting there sooner because he might have been able to do something to prevent their brother's death. 


  • Reflections on Holy Fire Saturday

    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...

  • Volunteering at the Latin America Biblical University

    By: Global Ministries Mar 12, 2015

    UBL.jpgThe 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...

  • We Are One Family

    By: Loren McGrail Mar 10, 2015

    Loren_snow.jpgThe 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...

  • For Such A Time As This?

    By: Michael Joseph Mar 10, 2015

    Joseph_miss_colombia.jpgI 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. 


  • Spring is Here!

    By: Judy Chan Mar 10, 2015

    Chan__Year_of_the_Sheep.jpgEvery 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...

  • Pray for Ghana on Sunday, March 15, 2015

    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...

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