By: Susan Valiquette Mar 03, 2014
Lectionary Selection: John 3:1-17
Prayers for South Africa:
O God, we sometimes feel overwhelmed as your workers in the vineyard. There are so few laborers for the work as it truthfully states in Mathew 9:37. At times, it is overwhelming when we see the vast amount to be done. When we experience injustice, hatred and inequality on a daily basis we are reminded of the long, arduous walk to justice, love and...Read more...
By: Judy Chan Mar 03, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 4:1-11
Prayers for Hong Kong:
O God, we live in a world full of temptations for easy solutions to hard problems. Like Jesus, we are tempted to satisfy our physical needs in ways that are detrimental to our spiritual health. We are tempted to test you when it is we ourselves who need to be proven trustworthy. We are tempted to take shortcuts to glory, even for your...Read more...
By: Nicole Betteridge Feb 26, 2014
Water is critical for existence. Used for cooking, cleaning, and bathing, water covers nearly 70% of the earth’s surface and composes 65% of every human being. In some places there is too much and flooding occurs, whereas in other areas not enough water is available or it is too contaminated to use. For many people who live near an ocean, river, or lake, the presence of water comes as second nature in their lives. In places of scarcity, it is...Read more...
By: Loren McGrail Feb 26, 2014
Isaiah 61: 1-4; Luke 19-37-44
One thread is a strange thread---it is my steadying thread;Read more...
when I am lost, I pull it hard and find my way.
When I am saddened, I tighten my grip and gladness glides
along its quivering path;
When the waste places of my spirit appear in arid confusion
the thread becomes a channel of newness of life.
By: Sara Makari Feb 19, 2014
Many of our church friends here would curiously ask us: “Do you plan to go someplace else for Christmas?” Surprised by the question, we would reply: “Would anyone be in Bethlehem want to go anyplace else for Christmas?!” Indeed, despite the growing commercialism in this “little town” around this season, there is also a far deeper awareness of the holiness of this otherwise ordinary place. Festive lights that remain glowing into mid-February, church bells...Read more...
By: Magyolene Rodriguez Feb 18, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 17:1-9
Prayers for Nicaragua:
O God, on this day I would like to thank you for breathing life into our lives with your words. Your words live and reveal light and guidance for your children in the Christian Mission Church in Nicaragua. Just as Peter, James, and John listened to a fervent desire to praise, obey and make your Kindom grow, so do the people working...Read more...
By: Bethany Waggoner Feb 17, 2014
One of my favorite songs I grew up singing in church and around campfires is, We Are One In The Spirit (They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love). For me, it epitomizes the most proufound elements of Christian values and mission. Take the second verse:
By: Matthew Fehse Feb 17, 2014
The New Year brought a lot of new things. I moved from Manila, my home for just over a year, to a new home 8 hours north to Baguio City. In my new context, there's a new language I get to try and understand, Ilokano. It is also a new environment where it can be bitter cold compared to the blistering heat down south. It's also new work, moving away from mining issues and focusing on rights of the children...Read more...