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Linda Mae wants to say how much she misses seeing all of us in real life and chatting with her church friends. She sends her greetings, thoughts and wishes for a peaceful and loving season. She sent a short poem for this time of year by Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Schools:

Deep in the ground of the human soul,
Of victory assured.
The Spirit-Sun is living.
All through the winter of the inner life
The faithful heart divines it.

“The kingdom of God is within you.” There are three popular interpretations of Jesus’ words in Luke 17:21 that the kingdom of God is within you (or among you): 1) the kingdom of God is essentially inward, within people’s heart; 2) the kingdom is within your reach if you make the right choices; and 3) the kingdom of God is in your midst in the person and presence of Jesus.   

Please join me in prayer to look for, to listen to and to connect with our own personal kingdom of God. When you hear the words “Hear our Prayer”, please respond “We are here.”

Dear Spirit, at this darkest time of the year, when all is dead and dying around us, we can feel the light of your birth coming to us. Every year it is a rebirthing for our spirit, a renewal of our faith in light, hope and love. Thank you for this time of isolation, a gift of  time to find stillness, to observe and reflect, to read and study, to labour and strive for strength to meet the darkness of the world, and, most importantly, to connect with family and friends to talk and laugh. Please be with us and guide us on our journey. Hear our prayer…  “We are here.”

As church, we are called to pray for each other and for our mission in the world.  Ephesians 6:18 says to pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.  In the Pacific Mountain Region Prayer Cycle we pray for Jaffray United Church situated between Cranbrook and Fernie. Hear our prayer…  “We are here.”

Prayer is at the heart of the ecumenical movement. Jesus prayed that we – his followers – may all be one. When we pray with and for one another, we can feel God’s gift of unity. Today we pray for Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan. 

We give thanks for:

  • the distinctive temples, art and cultures in the region
  • the education and economic developments that have improved the lives of many in Japan and South Korea
  • how the council of churches in Japan has promoted reconciliation with the rest of Asia
  • the prophetic witness of Christians in Japan and South Korea
  • the persistent witness to justice for “comfort women” from the Second World War
  • the great religious tolerance exhibited by the Taiwanese and their pioneering of contextual theological education
  • the Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula, which with others has sought to reunify Korea, to defend human rights, and to work for peace and justice.

We pray for:

  • an end to repression of people and to threats of military confrontation, especially on the Korean peninsula
  • the reunification of Korea, that peace and justice might prevail
  • peaceful resolution of the many disputed claims to islands in the South China Sea by Taiwan and its neighbours and for greater understanding and cooperation between Taiwan and mainland China.
  • women and other marginalized groups, and the inequalities they experience
  • greater acceptance of immigrants that they might make a positive contribution
  • new hope and meaning for the young, amid pressures of competition and consumerism.

Let us join in a prayer from Korea

Who do I say that you are? I don’t know.
But what I know, You – Good News to the captives and the poor.  Liberator of the oppressed, friend of Minjung, the people, suffering people, under repression,
attentive ear to the silenced, healer of the tortured, advocate of the lowest, hope of the desperate, homeland of the exiled. Who do I say that you are? I don’t know.
But what I know, You – Flower of freedom in the valley of repression. Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God.                                                     (by Seong Won Park, Presbyterian Church of Korea.)

Hear our prayer…  “We are here.”

Closer to home, we pray for your spirit to strengthen our ministers David, Robyn and Nicole, and our trusty helpers Andy, Leah and John who spend hours preparing and presenting for us. We pray for strength to all the Caritas bakers and workers who also spent hours to provide cookie spirit to all. Please, Spirit, join us in thinking, feeling and asking for help for Our Bienestar partners involved in Guatemala
Our brothers & sisters at Nyanyadzi Methodist Church in Zimbabwe; Peacemakers and peacekeepers, health care workers, teachers, engineers and the many who serve throughout the world through many organizations; All affected by COVID-19, whether in body, mind or spirit; LGBTQ2SIA+ people who are persecuted in many countries; The future of our environment; protecting and respecting this gift of creation; and for our friends named in our Prayer List. Hear our prayer…  “We are here.”

We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen

 

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