It has been a hard week. From Iraq to St. Louis, Donetsk to Marin County, our hearts are hurt every time we turn on the news. Add to this the personal concerns and struggles of our family and friends, and this is a heavy time, dear sisters and brothers.
In the midst of our anguish and prayer for all this suffering in our world, we turn our focus this week onto one community in need of our healing prayers. Holding in our hearts all the other places and people in need of peace, we focus on Nigeria as a way to confront directly one of the manifestations of evil – and declare our faith that violence does not get the last word, that love will win out, and that life will emerge only stronger from the grip of evil.
We join with our sisters and brothers across the global Brethren body, in holding our kindred in Christ in Nigeria in our hearts this week (August 17-24, 2014).
Please join us in worship August 17, 2014, with a meditative service using lectio divina resources prepared by Pastor Sara Haldeman-Scarr, as well as music from Linda Williams and video compiled by Peter Haynes, and a message from Pastor Audrey. We are one body – and every member is beloved.
Join us in prayer every day this week, for a minute or an hour, to hold Nigeria in your thoughts. On Monday-Saturday, from noon-1pm Pacific time (2-3 pm Central time), join us in sending a Living Stream of Prayers for Peace. We hope to help sustain 192 straight hours of prayer for peace. And join us in prayer for Nigeria on Sundays at our usual worship time. (Or sign up for your own time slot here.) Use the daily prayer guide by Pastor Sara Haldeman-Scarr to guide your meditation, or pray in your own way.
The Church of the Brethren has provided many great resources for background about the situation in Nigeria, the 2014 resolution calling us to a week of prayer and fasting, ideas about fasting as a spiritual discipline, and resources to use in your prayer time. Find all of them by clicking here.