2017-12-12-Council of Elders Weekly Call to Worship

Heavenly God,

My heart is filled with both sadness and joy as I take this moment with my family across the globe to still my mind and center on those around me.

As I contemplate refugees in detention centers in my own country, I am filled with shame, and yet, my heart is overflowing with joy and love for those around me.

Witnessing the social imbalance between our Indigenous community and the non-indigenous community, leaves me bewildered, and yet, my heart is overflowing with joy and love for those around me.

Hearing our local politicians hide behind their fear through cruel statements, often directed at minority groups, makes me angry and yet, my heart is overflowing with joy and love for those around me.

Knowing that our trans-family face dangers often daily in their lives, breaks my heart, and yet, my heart is overflowing with joy and love for those around me.

Watching our elderly become more fragile touches such a strong vulnerability within me, and yet, my heart is overflowing with joy and love for those around me.

I struggle seeing the class systems across the world widen the divide between the ‘Haves’ and the ‘Have-Nots’, and yet, my heart is overflowing with joy and love for those around me.

When I allow myself to reflect upon the lives of those living in other nations, I witness their toils and suffering, I am filled with sadness, and yet, my heart is overflowing with joy and love for those around me.

Loving Parent, you understand the conflicting feelings I carry each day and Your heart is overflowing with joy and love for me.

May my pain be transformed into compassion and my joy and love be transformed into action.

Wonderful Maker, please watch over our leadership teams, both globally and locally, to ensure their eyes remain on God. In all they do. In all they say. And in all they want. I acknowledge those forever-famous past MCC Leaders who have guided and shaped our global-church and we send wisdom and courage to the current ones – may they have the support they need to lead us into tomorrow in accordance with Your will.

In You and with Your love of us, we are able to carry Your Word and Your love out into the world. May You continue to shower us with constant reminders, so that we honor and live out Your plan, daily.

Finally, God, I send eternal gratitude to You.

In Your many beautiful names, I am humbled and eternally grateful for the gift of faith. Amen


prayer submitted by

SARAH DE ROOY
LAY DELEGATE
MCC Sydney, Australia

2017-12-05-Council of Elders Weekly Call to Worship

A Prayer for the People of Puerto Rico
My Dear God. My Precious Creator. It is with a broken heart that I render prayers for my beautiful land of Borinquén. Isla de mis padres. Puerto Rico of my heart.
The Land of my ancestors has been destroyed by the winds of wrath and the drenching rains of despair.
María has descended upon them with a fury that devastated the land we know as home. For once we sat down by the rivers in the Land of the Boricua and sang “Preciosa Preciosa Te llaman los hijos y hijas de Borinquén.”
But today, we pray in the great words our poet and psalmist Rafael Hernandez (translated to English):
The mourning is heard everywhere
Through my wretched Borinquen, yes.
 
And sad, the peasant goes
Thinking, saying,
Crying like this -along the way:
“What will become of Borinquen, my dear God,
What will become of my children and my home?”
 
Borinquen, the Land of Eden
Which when the great Gautier sung 
He called “The pearl of the Seas”
Now that you are dying from your sorrows
Let me sing to you too
Borinquen, my love”*
Create in her a new land oh God and renew and right spirit in her. May her mountains once again flourish with the green pastures of your grace and may the valleys be filled with the promises of your love. Heal and restore my land of Puerto Rico and let my Boricuas rise with the love and pride that you have instilled in us.
For when the Lord brought back the captive ones of Borinquén, we were like those who sang:
“The Lord had done great things for us and we are glad… yes we are glad… For the Lord will do great things for us.”
Cuando el Señor trajo a los cautivos de Borinquén, éramos como aquellos
que cantaron que el Señor hizo grandes cosas por nosotros… Y nos alegra que sí, estamos contentos.”  Amen.
*Rafael Hernández Marín, Lamento Borincano, 1929. Sony Publicación
Se oye este lamento por doquier, 
en mi desdichada Borinquén sí. 
Y triste, el jibarito va, pensando así, 
diciendo así, llorando así por el camino, 
Qué será de Borinquén mi Dios querido
Qué será de mis hijos y de mi hogar?
Oh, Borinquén la tierra del Edén
La que al cantar el gran Gautier
Llamó la perla de los mares
Ahora que tú te mueres con tus pesares
Déjame que te cante yo también
Borinquén de mi amor”
prayer submitted by
 
PASTOR STANLEY RAMOS,
FOUNDING MINISTER OF ALABANZA MCC
East Orlando Florida, USA