Reflections/Prayer

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PRAYER FOR THE WEEK  

September 23, 2018

 

Recognizing that we have often stumbled and fallen,

    We come to ask your mercy and forgiveness.

Burned by the sun at day and unsettled by the moon at night,

    We have often failed you as well as ourselves.

Heal us, O God, and make us whole so we become,

    Faithful witnesses of your justice and peace.

In the name of him who was your most faithful witness,

        Even Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.


Reflections

Thoughts for the Week

September 23, 2018


Our justice system demands that judgment be imposed but com-passion be available. Our beliefs dictate that justice be served, but mercy be shown. Compassion and mercy are about upholding the beliefs that we seek to live by, remaining true to our values as a people. No matter the severity of the provocation or the atrocity perpetrated.

Kenny MacAskill

Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice

 

These are two things: sin and repentance. Sin is a wound; repen-tance is a medicine. Just as there are for the body wounds and medicines, so for the soul are sins and repentance.

John Chrysostom

Theologian (347-407) 


 

 

Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.

Aldous Huxley

Writer (1894-1963)

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UCC Global Ministries

September


 2  Scott Nicholson – Mexico
 9  Nancy Lott Henry – India
16 Victor and Sara Makari –                                         Israel/Palestine
23 Susan Valiquette – South Africa



ABC International Ministries

Pray for Lea Lindero helping to meet the health needs of people with disabilities in the name of Jesus in Thailand.

Lea serves as a missionary nurse in the Center for the Development of People with Disabilities (CDPD). She works in the center itself and in rural villages as part of the center’s mobile health clinic. Besides her primary duties as a health care provider, she provides health education, teaches English to the staff and offers other assistance as needed. In addition, Lea is part of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program, through which she reaches out to ethnic minority groups in mountain villages and to the local Thai population. She also helps with the Student Tuition Expense Program in Sangklaburi.



Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

Rom. 12:12 NRSV