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A Season of Peace: Sunday, October 6, 2019

Partaking in peace in worship and at table this World Communion Sunday and through the Peace & Global Witness Offering  Giving and receiving our portion  Rev. Dr. Alonzo Johnson  Lamentations 3:24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in God.”  Reflection: Today’s text from Lamentations comes from a dark time… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Saturday, October 5, 2019

Making peace by supporting refugees and migrants A preferential option for the poor Joseph Jadway Marasigan Matthew 8:20 (NIV) Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Reflection: The passage above tells readers that Jesus was virtually a homeless person. He stayed… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Friday, October 4, 2019

Making peace by supporting refugees and migrants What makes a home?  Ekama Eni Psalm 84:3 Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.  Reflection: What is home? Where is home? For some… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Thursday, October 3, 2019

Making peace by supporting refugees and migrants Hearers and doers Rev. Dr. Robert B. Woodruff Matthew 7:24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” Reflection: Our church was recently asked to be a long-term host site providing transitional… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Making peace by supporting refugees and migrants Narrow gates Rev. Raafat L. Zaki Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life,… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Making peace by supporting refugees and migrants Witness to God’s love for all people Joseph Jadway Marasigan Matthew 7:1–2 NIV “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  Reflection: As… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Monday, September 30, 2019

Making peace by supporting refugees and migrants Finding God’s presence in a strange new land  Ekama Eni Psalm 9:1 The Lord is the stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.  Reflection: For most of history, we humans have demonstrated a tendency to ‘other’ people who leave the places that they come from… Read more »

A Season Peace: Sunday September 29, 2019

Making peace by supporting refugees and migrants Because you were immigrants in the land of Egypt Rev. Ginna Bairby Psalm 66:12 We went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a spacious place. Reflection: God spends so much time in the Hebrew Scriptures reminding the people of Israel where they… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Saturday, September 28, 2019

Making peace by ending violence Joy in the midst of sorrow Michelle Muñiz Psalm 149:3 (CEB) Let them praise God’s name with dance; let them sing God’s praise with drum and lyre! Reflection: On a recent Travel Study Seminar hosted by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, I visited Gangjeong Village on Jeju Island, South Korea. We… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Friday, September 27, 2019

Making peace by ending violence Forgiveness as letting go Susan Keil Smith Matthew 6:14-15 (CEB) “If you forgive others their sins, God will also forgive you. But if you don’t forgive others, neither will God forgive your sins.” Reflection: Jesus gives us a template for how to pray. As we repeat the all-too-familiar prayer that… Read more »