Joys and Concerns 10/5/14

World Communion Sunday

What a great day!  We got to speak to the Weisbrods from Africa and saw Bent’s film showing life there.  We also saw the film by Matt Harding of dancing from around the world.  So great a film for World Communion Sunday!

Call to Worship — There was no actual “Call to Worship” this morning but a poetry reading by Joan Krause of “And the Table Will be Wide” by Jan Richardson.  Below is the last verse which we all read together:

“And we will become bread
for a hungering world.
And we will become drink
for those who thirst.
And the blessed
will become the blessing.
And everywhere
will be the feast.”  (– Used by permission of the author)


 “I Need You to Survive”
“I pray for you, you pray for me,
I love you, I need you to survive.
I won’t harm you with words from my mouth;
I love you, I need you to survive.” (repeat)

In these brief moments of quiet, may we find strength.  May our lives be rich in affection and deep in understanding and sympathy for each other.

Prayer leader:  Pastor Patricia

As always Pastor Patricia led us prayer during communion.  She asked peace for all those in the Middle East struggling with war and ISIS.  For all those being hit with cyclones in the Pacific, especially Okinawa.  And for those prayers written down this day:

Kim W. asks prayers for her friend Joyce Voska who needs healing and support as she deals with a brain tumor.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Natalie again lifts the infant Joseph Graham who had open heart surgery on October 7.  Prayers for the doctors, nurses, and extended family.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prayers that the coming season is met with a peaceful heart.  Let the demands of the world fall to the side and God’s grace and love fill our hearts with the true meaning of the season.  Lord, with thanksgiving, hear our praise.

Michael asks for God’s help to calm the hearts of those in heartache for relationships of uncertainty.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Prayers for Lyndsey’s healing as she is under the weather today and could not make it to church.  She is missed and I’m sure she missed us.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

And as your children, we pray as Jesus taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen.

Email from Joyce M. on 10/6/14:  Prayers for the Christians facing down ISIS in the Middle East, especially all the children who are losing their parents and siblings and friends with no understanding of what is going on.

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