By: Robert Breckenridge Sep 24, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 9: 38-50
Prayers for Zambia:
Lord of all,
In your great mercy, forgive us our many failures. Some of us enjoy such bounty - comfort, leisure, wealth, education and more - but we neglect to look, see and assist those ‘little ones’ who struggle in want, perched precariously on the precipice of despair.
Bless your servants in Zambia and in the United Church of Zambia.
By: Paul Turner Sep 21, 2018
On July 24th, The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the end of the Ebola crisis in DR Congo. The Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) welcomed the news after employing an “all hands on deck” approach to the May 8th announcement that the Ebola virus was present in the Equator Province.Read more...
By: Cara McKinney Sep 20, 2018
One year ago, on the night of September 7, 2017, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake roughly roused us from our slumbers and sent us running for the streets, patios, stairs, and open spaces. The earthquake left many communities in rubble and left all of us waking in the middle of the night fearing another aftershock.Read more...
By: Carmelo Alvarez Sep 20, 2018
My experience and relationship to the Church
I was born and raised in a Disciples of Christ congregation in Puerto Rico. My whole life has been nurtured, shaped and formed in a close relationship to the Disciples of Christ ethos and church life. My parents were leaders in the denomination and early on I learned to appreciate and love serving the Church in all its manifestations.Read more...
By: Judy Chan Sep 19, 2018
For the past five years, Hong Kong Christian Council has been one of the few local Christian organizations willing to talk about sexual harassment in the church. As you can guess, it’s not a popular or easy topic to tackle.Read more...
By: Tom Liddle Sep 17, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 9:30-37
Prayers for East Timor:
Gracious God, you have taught us. You have shown us. You have been among us. And yet it seems we have learned little. Children are still marginalized and victimized. They are the targets of traffickers. They are exploited in pornography. They are enslaved. They are malnourished and lack opportunities for education. We know that there are reasons for this O God. We have...Read more...
By: Emmanuela Loccident Sep 10, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 8:27-38
Prayers for Morocco:
Precious, Loving, and Caring God, we are here before you with our hearts filled with gratitude, for you are our Everything! We bless your Holy Name, our Mighty Savior and our Omnipresent Help in times of need. We are grateful for your gentle hands that are always offering to touch, heal and guide us on our paths!
By: Martha Mensendiek Sep 03, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 7 :24-37
Prayers for Japan:
Life giving God, we pray for your healing grace for people in Japan, where severe heat, torrential rains and landslides have taken precious lives and left people in despair.
For those who have lost loved ones, we ask for your comfort.
For those who have lost their homes and means of livelihood, we ask for your guidance. May they be given the assistance needed to restore their lives.
We pray also for the...Read more...
By: Jeanette Salley Aug 27, 2018
Lectionary Selection: Mark 7 :1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Prayers for Nicaragua:
Our God full of love, grace and mercy we thank You. Not only did You create humanity but You also prepared a place for us to live in harmony so that we can usher in the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. You formed us magnificently with eyes to see in our own way the evidence of your...Read more...
By: Nishan Bakalian Aug 20, 2018
Lectionary Selection: John 6:56-69
Prayers for Lebanon:
We come to you, O living Father, the supplier of the bread that feeds and leads to eternal life, asking you once again to help us seek that which is true nourishment. We live in a place where the few enrich themselves with the bread of pride and the spirit of greed. And the many, the Lebanese people, simply want to live in a...Read more...