Presbyterian Congregations United in Christ by Mission

Month: June 2014

Monday Prayer Requests

Monday Prayer Requests

This will be the final prayer request email of the week. We sincerely want to thank you for joining us on the journey and for your support and prayers throughout this trip. Devotion: Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who […]

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Sunday Prayer Requests

Sunday Prayer Requests

Devotion: “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same […]

Saturday Prayer Requests

Saturday Prayer Requests

Devotion:

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Throughout the Gospel of John, Jesus makes what seem like nonsensical statements like “whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,” telling a grown man that he has to be “born again,” and telling a woman he will give her an eternal “fountain of living water.”

Of course, Jesus didn’t mean any of these statements literally.  He wasn’t promising that we would never need a flashlight or a glass of water.  Instead, he was speaking about something that is deep and true but yet difficult to see.

Following God sometimes feels “nonsensical” like Jesus’ statements.  How do you follow a God who is invisible? How can I make sense of a man who died and rose again?  Where is God in the midst of the suffering and pain in the world?

Yet Jesus’ words to us contain seeds of hope.  He says, that “whoever follows me” will have the “light of life.”  Each of us is invited on a path that follows Jesus and that illuminates our darkness.  Regardless of where we come from, Iowa, New York, or the farthest place on the planet, God is with us and desires to lead us in the light.

Of course, the light of Christ doesn’t give anyone a simple answer to life’s hardest questions and it isn’t some kind of special knowledge. The light of Christ, however, does give us confidence.  In the path of light we find forgiveness of sins and grace for our failures. In the light of Christ, we find that all the pain and blemishes of our lives that we have been desperately trying to hide begin to heal.  And in the light of Christ, we are drawn together and sent out.  It send us to the homes of people who were once strangers, to the widows of our congregations, to the hungry and the abused, and to every place where the light of life does not shine bright.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for strength, patience, and endurance as we enter our final work day.
  • Pray for the team and congregations as we prepare to worship together tomorrow.
  • Pray the team leaders as they prepare for the entertainment and fellowship events tomorrow.
  • Pray for the owners of houses that we have built friendships with over these last days.
    • Specifically pray for Joan and Vinny as they await test results to confirm that Vinny’s cancer has remained in remission.
    • In addition, pray for the Dennis family.
Emma’s Candid Special

Emma’s Candid Special

We are pleased to bring you this special collection of candids spanning the entire trip thus far from one of our own student photographer Emma. Enjoy!

Friday Prayer Requests

Friday Prayer Requests

Devotion:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. John 1:1-9

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Throughout the Bible, light and darkness are images used to show the big gap between God’s love and our human tendency towards sinfulness and ignorance.  Darkness hides our blemishes and gives us the illusion of safety.  It cuts us off from those around us, it keeps us bound up in our own thoughts, needs, and concerns.  In fact, sometimes, we becomes so wrapped up in our own life of sports practices, honors society, or music rehearsals that we lose focus on the people that give us joy.

Yet darkness does not win the day.  Notice the source of the light in these Scripture verses does not come from our own work.  Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.”  We don’t need to ‘try harder’ or ‘do better’ – we accept the love of Jesus made freely available to the entire world.  When we encounter the light of this love, we find grace for our weaknesses and an invitation to relationship with everyone in the body of Christ.

Hear the good news: you have been called by God, and the light of Christ lives within you. Thanks be to God!

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for the entire group as we enter the third day of work and begin to feel tired.
  • Pray for students as they study, pray, and reflect together on what God is doing in their lives.
  • Pray for the congregations and ministries represented on this trip, particularly as they serve faithfully in their own places.