FB Live August 30
Meditation: “Say His Name (What’s in a Name?, Part II)” Pastor Nancy (see "Notes" for text of sermon)
Centering Meditation: Pastor Riva
God, our loving parent,
Thank you for the warmth, until we start complaining of the cold.
We are grateful for beloved within the Community UMC family who is continuing ministries in Columbia Heights in the struggle of the pandemic.
We come before you, praying for peace for people who lost their loved ones in different ways, especially to the family of DS Dan Johnson for the sudden passing of their granddaughter Lauren, for Bishop Leo Soriano and his whole family for the passing of his brother, Henry. Reiner Puno and his family for the passing of his father yesterday. We pray for their transition and acceptance.
We continue to cry out for justice for the black bodies who are continuously battered by a system doused with white privilege.
We pray for our LGBTQ+ siblings who continue to live in the margins because of the harm that our society causes. Forgive us when we are always silent to advocate for them, forgive us when we are the ones causing them harm.
Peace of mind and peace of heart for the people of California as the state is ravaged by the fires, people who are living in the states in the path of typhoon Laura and hurricane Marco, and flooding in Pakistan.
Prayers for the farmers and the families in the Midwest who were affected by the storms. We remember the MacCormacks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as they continue to rebuild their house, safety and livelihood.
May the students who received the backpacks and all other students, including their parents, also the officials of all of the school districts, the teachers and support staff, in all levels of education (pre-school, kindergarten, elementary, middle, high school, university students) feel your presence and your grace as they navigate a challenging time. May they all have the wisdom and patience as they try to find the balance of maximized learning while being safe and healthy.
Our government leaders to have the wisdom to listen to science and not their egos. For them to realize that the most important thing in this world is to protect and value the lives of all of God’s creation – humans, animals, plants among others.
Prayers of grit and humor to those who are struggling because of the physical isolation. May they find the balance to understand the importance of safety and well-being and find the grace to be resilient in times loneliness.
Prayers for the people who are directly and indirectly affected by CoVid, those who lost their financial resources, those who lost their jobs, immigrant workers around the world who were and will be repatriated to their respective countries. Prayers for travelling mercies – safety and well-being for those who sat and will sit numbers of hours in the plane. Prayers of healing for those who have been infirmed by CoVid – Vielo Baniqued his partner and his family, the sister of Redge Nicolas and his whole family, Reiner Puno’s sister, Ann and Ate Trin.
Prayers for the people around the world who are having a hard time following the guidelines put in place to mitigate the spread of the virus. We pray for grace, understanding and patience for our stubbornness and may we find the wisdom of the policies put in place for our safety and well-being.
We lift these in the name of our brother Jesus Christ who taught us to pray – (Lord's Prayer).