By: Marcy Gansler Jun 24, 2013
Lectionary Selection: 2 Kings 2: 1-2, 6-14
Prayers for Lebanon:
God of Love and Peace,
We have come again to seemingly unfamiliar ground. Unsure of the path ahead we entrust in you our faith that a way might be made from no way. As the seemingly unconquerable divisions continue to appear to divide us, may you remind us that in you we are one. In this time...Read more...
By: Nicole Betteridge Jun 17, 2013
Lectionary Selection: 1 Kings 19: 1-4, (5-7), 8-15a
Prayers for Laos:
Our loving & gracious God,
We are reminded of your daily presence in our lives through the relationships we build with the people around us, particularly the Lao. We thank you not only for providing us with your abundant love, stillness, solidarity, and grace, but also your peace, comfort in times of challenges and distress, as well as those moments...Read more...
By: Kathleen Moyer Jun 10, 2013
Lectionary Selection: I Kings 17:8-16
Prayers for Mexico:
God our Rock, our Refuge in times of trouble, and the One who has brought us to this day , we give thanks for the continuing signs of your presence in our world. Help us respond in gratitude that we may love our neighbor, be they next door, in Mexico, or elsewhere in your world. Help us to make your beloved...Read more...
By: Victor Makari Jun 03, 2013
The journey from Bethlehem to Jerusalem is approximately 10 kilometers (ca. 7 miles); yet it holds the full story of our faith: from the promise of a Savior fulfilled in the birth of Jesus, to his work of atonement on the cross, to his glorious resurrection and ascension, to the birth of the church that gathers in peoples of every tongue and race. It is here we are living; and while living here, its full...Read more...
By: Jayanthi Wilson Jun 03, 2013
Lectionary Selection: 1 Kings 17: 8-16 (17-24)
Prayers for Botswana:
Dear gracious and loving God,
Help us to see every new day as an opportunity to transform our lives for the better and to make this world a better place for others. Help us to be inwardly open to what you have for us today…..Let us remember the people of Botswana- the United Congregational Churches of Southern Africa (UCCSA),...Read more...
By: Erik Free May 30, 2013
Meeting a critical presence request by the United Church of Christ in Mozambique, Kim and Erik Free were approved as missionary candidates to serve a full four year term working in rural Mozambique as a health worker and local minister, pending financial support for this position. UPDATE: As of February 24, 2014, more than $36,000 has been raised toward the goal of $50,000 for the first year of their missionary appointment! To make a contribution to their work you may give online,
By: Judy Chan May 28, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Luke 7: 1-10
Prayers for Hong Kong:
O God, in a world immersed in pain and suffering, we turn to you for help. We lift up the nation of China where many are struggling to recover from earthquakes, landslides, drought, disease and poverty. At times, the problems seem bigger than we can handle. O Lord, give us faith like the centurion who had absolute trust in the healing...Read more...
By: Michael Joseph May 20, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Prov 8:1-4, 22-31
Prayers for Colombia:
Holy God, Today we pray for peace in Colombia. For more than fifty years guerrillas have been fighting with the Colombian government and the violence from both sides has killed tens of thousands and made more than 5 million to flee their homes and become refugees or internally displaced persons. But today we rejoice because the guerrillas and the Colombian government are...Read more...
By: Gabrielle Worley May 13, 2013
Lectionary Selection: Acts 2:1-21
Prayers for Armenia:
Dear God, pour out your spirit on us. Fill us up with your holy language; let your words and the glory of your name be foremost on our tongues. For when we are truly filled up with you, we cannot utter a bad word against our neighbor. Today, we say a special prayer for our brothers and sisters in Armenia who suffer from...Read more...
By: Alison Stendahl May 08, 2013
A quick update on my life here in Istanbul. The most recent event was the disastrous May Day workers’ “celebrations” here in Istanbul. The government had banned Taksim Square as an assembly point for this year’s demonstrations. Instead of providing other designated areas, they just focused on keeping everyone out of Taksim. If you look at a map of Istanbul, you can see that there are a lot of entry points to be protected. So they shut down all transportation...Read more...