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

2017-11-28-Council of Elders Weekly Call to Prayer

Loving God, as we prepare to observe World AIDS Day we thank you for the multiple advances in care that has been made over the past 30 years. We remember our brothers and sisters that have succumbed to the disease.

We pray for all those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS who remain consigned to the margins. Provide them comfort and remove the isolation and fear that creeps in and envelopes them. Help them to remember that you love them just as they are, and that you are always there beside them, watching over them and guiding them.

We ask that you break down the barriers of stigma and shame that leads to isolation and fear. Help us to examine the intersections between poverty, immigration, class, race, sexism and other “isms” that contribute to new diagnoses.

Give us the courage to confront these issues and their intersectionality and “live as people who are free, not using our freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” Amen

prayer submitted by

DR. DAVID WILLIAMS, M.D., M.P.H
INTERIM PASTOR MCC CHRIST THE LIBERATOR
Program Officer/Coordinator
Health and Wellness
Metropolitan Community Churches

2017-11-21-Council of Elders Weekly Call to Prayer

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Creator God,

As we hear, see, feel, and perceive you, help us to emulate your grace. Show us that ability transcends the five senses and all human talents and abilities. Remind us of the words of Jesus that say, “Whatever you do for another person, you do it for me.” Guide us as we plan our services, meetings and events-to plan as if we are expecting your children
who are deaf,
who are blind,
who have an intellectual disability
or a mobility impairment or
who have a food or environmental intolerance.
Show us that, with planning and forethought, we can be more accessible and inclusive as a Church and Social Movement.
Encourage us to seek out people in our communities and organizations who serve people with disabilities, who can answer questions and provide training for us as we travel the long and ever-widening road toward full access and inclusion for all of God’s people.
Give our leaders and educators, who offer training and guidance, a creative mind and a heart of grace. Help us to be intentional as we work together to be accessible and inclusive.
When we don’t get it right, bring us together in peace and forgiveness to learn from our mistakes, so we can be ready for the next opportunity to be even more accessible and inclusive to all of God’s people, and, as you invite all of us to your table, everyone can truly “come taste and see,” or “come accept and receive” the goodness of God’s inclusive love for all people.

Amen.

prayer submitted by

JIM EAST
LAY DELEGATE OF TRINITY MCC
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Officer of the UFMCC Disability Access and Inclusion Team Working Group
General Conference Team Planner and LEAD 10 Cohort

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