By: Gloria Vicente Canú Feb 06, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5:21-37
Prayers for Guatemala:
Creator God, Mother and Father, we give thanks to you for night and day, for the air and water that gives us breath and sates our thirst. We thank you God for the gift of knowledge and presence and for the knowledge passed down by our ancestors, grandfathers and grandmothers who taught us by example the concepts of good and evil. We ask you God,...Read more...
By: Bethany Guy Jan 27, 2014
My grandpa, Rev. Roger Guy, was a pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for his entire adult life. My family attended his church when I was a child, and he is the one who baptized me. He may have been known for quite a few things, but in my memory, one thing in particular sticks out. Every Sunday, without fail, he would stand up in the pulpit and announce, “This is the day...Read more...
By: Ashley Holst Jan 27, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5:13–20
Prayers for Dominican Republic:
Dear God help us to be the light of the world. Fill our hearts with love for every child, regardless of color, age, nationality, and religion. By caring for the children of the world let us shine your light as evidence of your love teaching the world how to love one another. As Christians, teach us to understand and accept practices...Read more...
By: Gabrielle Worley Jan 23, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 5: 1-1
Prayers for Armenia:
Dear Jesus, as you go up to the mountain, we pray that every person in Armenia looks to you and listens to you. We pray that the Holy Spirit unites Armenians and helps them to build peaceful relations with neighboring enemies, Azerbaijan and Turkey. Protect Armenia’s young people from war and save them also from the wars within themselves and their families. We...Read more...
By: Bethany Guy Jan 20, 2014
I follow the Half the Sky Movement on Facebook. Every day they post stories about women and girls from around the world. Sometimes these stories are heartbreaking, sometimes these stories are heartwarming, and sometimes they are both. Regardless, their publications have opened my eyes to the various realities that my sisters around the globe face.
By: Loletta Barrett Jan 15, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 4:12–23
Prayers for Namibia:
God of fish and sea, snake and desert, God who meets us where we are, come close to your people in Namibia with rain for the drought in the land and your Spirit to nourish the people. Open their hearts and minds to the Good News of your boundless Love and your ever-present Companionship. Embrace them with joy and peace. Amen.
By: Nicole Betteridge Jan 09, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Isaiah 49:1–7
Prayers for Laos:
Loving God, as we reflect on the year past and the new one ahead, we are reminded of your presence and abundant blessings in our lives. Thank you God, for peace and strength in times of stress, uncertainty, and sadness. Thank you for rejoicing gladness and laughter in the moments we share with those we love. Gracious God, be with the beautiful...Read more...
By: Matthew Fehse Jan 08, 2014
The United Church of Christ in the Philippines exemplifies what we are called to do in Deuteronomy 15:7-8 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it...Read more...
By: Benjamin Ewert Jan 03, 2014
Lectionary Selection: Matthew 3:13–17
Prayers for Thailand:
Dear God, just as your spirit washed over Jesus’ baptism, we pray that your spirit washes over the Church of Christ in Thailand. Renew her community and refresh her with open hearts and minds each day to do your will and to be a blessing to others. Inspire and sustain the generous spirit in the church as she continues to bring HIV/AIDS education...Read more...