From the Pastor,

Dear Mt. Zion United Church of Christ Family,

I believe in prayer.  And I enjoy the challenge of praying through scripture.  You may have noticed that I use the words of the Psalm or other reading in the Call to Worship to frame the Morning Prayer we share together.  Praying scripture can help when we are searching for words to speak to God. David {Psalm 5} and Paul {Romans 8:26} talk about times when we are so exhausted that we can only groan our prayers to God.  The happenings in Ukraine and Israel have left so many of us exhausted and yearning for peace.  Here are some scriptures and short prayers to think about as you pray for the children and people experiencing the depths of despair around the world.

Deuteronomy 32:11-12 “Like the eagle that stirs up its nest, and hovers over its young, God spreads wings to catch you, and carries you on pinions.”  

Come, O God, and deliver people to safety.

Isaiah 66:13  “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”  

Hold close in Your arms those who are grieving and afraid.

Isaiah 49:15  “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”  

We know that you know each of us by name.  Speak words of courage to those in trials this day.

Matthew 23:37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, . . . How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”  

Lord Jesus gather the children, protect families and teach us all to cling to You in times of despair. In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Jim Simonds, Mt. Zion UCC
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