Lectionary Selection: Matthew 4:12-23
Prayers for Hungary:
We lift up our sisters and brothers in Hungary and those in the refugee integration ministry and the Roma mission of the Reformed Church in Hungary.
There are many times when we are so caught up in our lives that we forget to look around at the people around us. Today we confess our cold and neglectful nature: We tend to ignore the people who are alone, we run away from those who are sick, we invalidate people according to our own standards, and we refuse to lend a hand to those sitting for 38 years, day and night, alone, waiting to be helped.
There are many people fleeing their homes in search of a safe place to live. However, passages are becoming narrower and harder to pass, and families are being separated along the journey. In Hungary, we pray for the individuals and families who are being neglected and pushed to the margins of society, for those who are being persecuted for their beliefs, for those who have come in search of a better life and a better education for their children.
We are called to do something. We are called to act, to look around at those who are close to us, to those who are hurting.
Give us peace to look around at our hurting neighbors, humble our hearts so that we may do what You are calling us to do, and courage to act as Jesus did.
The biennial Starpoint Reformed Youth Festival was held for the ninth time in Debrecen this summer. Reformed young people gathered from all over the Carpathian Basin to discuss, reflect, and experience how the Kingdom of God is among us. They also welcomed an international delegation from various parts of the world.Read more
In late March, a delegation visited the Evangelical churches of Lebanon and Syria, signing a memorandum of commitment. We asked the delegates about their experiences in the Middle East, including the situation of local Christians, as well as the significance and further possibilities of cooperation.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 6:27-38
Prayers for Hungary:
God, remind us to stretch outside our comfort zones by trying new things and meeting new people. It's not always easy to step outside of what we know, but we know we grow when we take those risks. We are grateful for church camp and the opportunities for young people to learn and grow with one another. We can learn much from the open minds and hearts of young people. Help us all to be open to new experiences and to listen to differing opinions and ideas. In these ways, we grow as individuals, communities, and the world. AmenRead more
Christmas circular letter to all congregations and institutions of the Hungarian Reformed Church
Growing Partnership in the Middle East
Through many years of cooperation, the partnership of the Reformed Church in Hungary and the Reformed churches in the Middle East only grows stronger. A recent visit of the Syrian church leaders has only strengthened and developed the partnership. The visit included conversations with representatives from various ministries and institutions of RCH, discussion with local Reformed congregations as well as a meeting with the Hungarian Prime Minister.Read more
St. Columba’s Scottish Mission held the annual English Day Camp 2-6 July 2018. This week proved to be a week of much growth in confidence, self-esteem, and friendship.Read more
The Reformed Church in Hungary is present in various ministries for Hungarian society through the Mission Department of the church. The Mission Department’s main task is to strengthen the missional programs in the life of Reformed congregations. A few outstanding areas of this department’s work includes the Roma ministry, providing support for the gypsy population in Hungary, and the refugee ministry. Today the refugee ministry of the church’s diaconal ministries is now tilted “Kalunba”. Despite the new name, the Reformed Church in Hungary continues to support this ministryRead more
Lectionary Selection: 1 John 4:7-21
Prayers for Hungary:
Thank you for the gift of love. Thank you for your indiscriminate acceptance of all people. Sometimes it is hard to understand, accept, and love those who are different, and sometimes there is fear because of the differences. Fill our hearts with your love. Open our hearts and minds to the new perspectives and help us to see the similarities that bind us together. Give us the courage to connect with those who are different, and allow us to find you in surprising ways.
Today we pray for the Refugee Ministry and the Roma Mission of the Reformed Church in Hungary. As our world changes, there is increasing fear of those who are different from us. In this time, we must remember that every person we encounter is someone who is loved and treasured. In the Refugee Ministry, I lift up the wonderful staff of Kalunba Social Services Ltd. Please provide the staff with the wisdom and strength to carry on in their mission in providing the necessities for refugees to find a safe home and a caring community. In the Roma Mission, we pray for the Gypsy (Roma) youth and children. There are more and more children turning to drugs, alcohol and prostitution. Please surround the children with people to love and guide them. Wrap your arms of grace around them, and fill our hearts with the same compassion and love to be a pillar of strength in their lives. Empower us to meet each person as one who is worthy and deeply loved.
In the loving name of Jesus, Amen.Read more