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Oct 17th, 2016 by Rev. Carol Prochaska

Reflection: October 16

Scriptures: Genesis 32:22-31 and Luke 18:1-8.

There are books and books about prayer and with prayers: Christian prayers, Jewish prayers, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu prayers, and more. There are prayer hymns — as in  I Need Thee Every Hour. There are hymns about praying as in What a Friend We Have in Jesus … What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.

So what more could any preacher say about prayer?

Do I pray—yes I do. I pray for myself and I pray for others. Sometimes I pray reluctantly because I’ve learned that in praying I risk seeing myself in an unfavorable light. There are times when my praying is not much more than a fumble for words. I’ve prayed in desperation. I’ve prayed with tears and in overwhelming sadness. I’ve prayed in frustration and in great disappointment. I’ve prayed giving thanks. And I’ve prayed in awe and wonder. I have learned that there is no substitution for prayer. It is indeed like a walking stick. If it is seems to be a crutch — so be it — I cannot think of a better crutch!

Based on this morning’s story of Jacob and based on our gospel lesson, I invite you think with me about praying for ourselves. We will focus on this with the understanding that praying for ourselves is just one element of prayer. This morning’s two scriptures are each about a single person in need of »»

     "We dare to live
    the Way of Jesus,
      the Love of God"

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God calls us to be a loving, inclusive and compassionate people, who following Christ's teachings, gather to worship, celebrate the gift of love, live with respect in creation and seek justice and welcome for all regardless of, but not limited to, the following:
age, race, colour, ancestry or place of origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical and mental ability and economic status.

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United Church Response to Hurricane Matthew

We pray for the people of Haiti, Cuba, and surrounding countries whose lives have been suddenly and violently shattered. We pray for their loved ones, homes, livelihoods and crops. We also pray for those who are from this region »»


Prayers of the People: October 16

O Life who gives life to all… Ever and always connected to you…  Never apart from us—we continuing our praying, not only as individuals but as a gathered people. »»


For the Week of October 16

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost



Profiles of Courage 2017

Calendars are now on sale in the Church Office, Otter’s Books or John Ward Coffee.
$20 each,  3 for $50.  
Proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go into an Emergency Fund to directly benefit those experiencing poverty or homelessness in Nelson.



Prayers of the People: October 9

 In this soft and quiet place let us turn our thoughts to prayer… when you hear the words,”God of Light and Love”… please respond with “Hear our Prayers


Prayers of the People: October 2

Sometimes we need to withdraw from our daily routin and let go of those things that sap our energy and find a separate place. So I invite you to take the next moments in prayer to find that place in prayer to god. Let us pray… »»


Prayers of the People: September 25

Good Morning, today we pray and rejoice together in the wonder of God’s love for all creation. »»

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