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A Season of Peace: October 7, 2018, World Communion Sunday

  World Communion   By Rev. Patrick D. Heery Hebrews 1:1–4, 2:5–12 For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.”   Reflection: What does it mean to receive Communion with the whole world on this day? Will we love… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Saturday, October 6, 2018

  Peacemaking and practice: humanity reclaimed By Rev. T. Denise Anderson Hebrews 2:6–8a But someone has testified somewhere, “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them?”   Reflection: Cockroaches. Parasites. Animals. These are all words used to refer to populations throughout the world that have been… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Friday, October 5, 2018

  Peacemaking and practice: accepting change   By Rev. T. Denise Anderson Mark 6:1–6 “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.   Reflection: And the people murmured: “That’s Mary… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Peacemaking and practice: to save life or to destroy it?   By Hyeyoung Lee Luke 6:9–10 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to destroy it?” Reflection: The reason we keep talking about peace is because the… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

  Peacemaking and practice: the risk in building bridges   By Rev. Kurt Esslinger Acts 21:15–26 “What then is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come. So do what we tell you.”   Reflection: Communities, like the early church, that work on traversing boundaries must look for ways to navigate the… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

  Peacemaking and practice: living water   By Doug Dicks  Psalm 36:7–9  They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.   Reflection: The Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem is a… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Monday, October 1, 2018

  Peacemaking and practice: growing hope   By Doug Dicks  Psalm 9:9–10 The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.   Reflection: The Nassar family of Bethlehem has been struggling for years to hold on to their family land. Located southwest of Bethlehem, this area of about 100 acres… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Sunday, September 30, 2018

  Peacemaking and practice   By Rev. Patrick D. Heery John 4:4–30, 39–42 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty.”   Reflection: Two thousand years ago, a scar ran across the land of Palestine, separating Judea from Samaria — two groups of people ideologically and… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Saturday, September 29, 2018

  The church and its witness: cultivating joy   By Rev. Teresita Regidor Oton Psalm 100:1–5 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth.   Reflection: In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, I have met secretaries, bookkeepers, receptionists, caregivers, and salespersons, all Filipino, all in situations of forced labor, all overworked and tired. Yet, I… Read more »

A Season of Peace: Friday, September 28, 2018

  The church and its witness: remembering God’s redemption   By Rev. Cathy Chang Deuteronomy 5: 1–6, 12–15, 21 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.   Reflection: The first time I preached about human trafficking and modern-day slavery, I struggled… Read more »