We pray for:
THOSE IN THE PATHWAY OF STORMS We are especially mindful of all those who reside in Florida and Georgia and the Carolinas, the Bahamas and Caribbean who, at this moment on Friday, seem to be in peril as Hurricane Irma makes its way closer to the United States. And for those who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. Christ, have mercy.
THOSE IN MEXICO We remember especially those in the state of Oaxaca and beyond who had family and homes destroyed. Lord, have mercy.
DREAMERS We pray for those children who have known only the United States and came here or were born here with families who had illegally entered the country but by no fault of their own were raised here and dared to dream they could be part of the American Dream. This administration and the Congress seems prepared to do them great harm. May it not be so. Christ, have mercy.
FOR ALL OF US We who toil day by day and attempt to do better by ourselves, our families and our communities are under great stress, carrying large burdens. May these burdens be lifted and in their place may we receive courage and strength. Lord, have mercy.
Sunday I will be asking the following questions and I hope to give some guidance in my sermon entitled, “Superman’s Cape, A Clerical Collar and Clothed in Christ”: How are you navigating this apocalyptic landscape? How are you making sense of your lives as you daily wade through the swamp of political rhetoric, assorted hatreds, natural catastrophes, not to mention trying to find an affordable plumber on the week-end? How are you living between sun up and sun down? What strategy for maintaining your human dignity and the dignity of others do you have when the power goes out and the storm is raging around you?
Join us in worship Sunday at 10 a.m. at Jefferson Middle School. Because there in that auditorium, we embrace each other as fully human. We carry one another’s burdens and share in each other’s joys. ~See you Sunday