Praying With The Pastor “East Timor”

“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.”  1 Chronicles 16:11

Dear Friends,

Join me this week in praying for the people of East Timor, and the work of our ministry partners there.

Blessings,

Pastor Basile

About East Timor

East Timor’s road to independence – achieved on 20 May 2002 – was long and traumatic.  The people of the first new nation of the century suffered some of the worst atrocities of modern times in their struggle for self-determination.  When their Portuguese colonial masters withdrew in 1975, Indonesia claimed the territory for itself and ruthlessly suppressed the independence movement.  Eventually the UN took over the administration and supervised the territory’s transition to independence.  (4 September 2015, East Timor Country Profile, www.bbc.com)

Ministry in East Timor

www.globalministries.org

Tom Liddle, a member of Peace United Church of Christ, Duluth, Minnesota, serves with the Protestant Church of East Timor (IPTL) as a facilitator for strengthening congregations and continuing education of pastors.

From Mr. Liddle…

The ministry of the Protestant Church of East Timor is a ministry of the Word. Does that seem antiquated? I think not. In the Internet age, our world is teeming with words — mostly empty words. And then there’s the instantaneous, ever-present digital image with accompanying sound bite. It’s a barrage of babel intent on forming diligent producers and obedient consumers. Over and against this, the church speaks of the Word of God. The Protestant Church of East Timor has a vital home ministry dedicated to the study and proclamation of the Word. What underlies such a ministry is the confidence that the Word available to us in the Bible is also a vital presence in the world. Thus, a life spent meditating on the Word forms people who are like “…trees planted by streams of water” (Ps. 1). And the Word proclaimed “…goes out and does not return empty,” as the poet in Isaiah says. I think U.S. churches have something to learn from this. Quite often our church ministries mirror the culture’s obsession with “efficient action implementation” schemes. A ministry of the Word, however, is long-term, contemplative work that fosters an alternative life-map outside the realm of fear, conformity, and prattle. Instead, meditation on the Word creates faith and fosters freedom. It opens the imagination and bestows on us space for living humanly in the midst of death.

A Prayer for East Timor:

By: Tom Liddle

Loving God, in our fractured world you have brought us together with partners all over the world. You call us to unity and make us one in the sharing of bread and cup, the water of baptism and meditation on your Word. You ask us to be your people wherever we are. We are thankful for all that we learn from all our global partners. On this day we pray for the Protestant Church of East Timor. We ask that you lead and guide them in their ministry of the Word. Bestow upon its ministers wisdom, patience, and courage. Strengthen the faith of its members. Bless the clinic workers, teachers, and young people. May their ministries in your name be salt and light for all your children in East Timor. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

 

“Praying with the Pastor” is a resource highlighting prayer needs in our community, nation, and world.  Names of Zion members and friends requesting prayer are listed in the weekly church bulletins, and monthly Messenger Newsletter.  May God’s blessings abound as we consistently lift up the world, including our own church family, in prayer!

Praying With The Pastor “Diabetes”

 

“In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes.  Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes…About 193,000 Americans under age 20 are estimated to have diagnosed diabetes…Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States…”    – American Diabetes Association

Dear Friends,

Join me this week in praying for all those in our nation, and throughout the world, who suffer from diabetes, and the many health complications it causes.

Blessings, Pastor Basile

“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD.”  (Jeremiah 30:17)

A Prayer

 Lord, I come before you today in need of your healing hand.  In you all things are possible.  Hold my heart within yours, and renew my mind, body, and soul…You gave us life, and you also give us the gift of infinite joy.  Give me the strength to move forward on the path you’ve laid out for me.  Guide me towards better health, and give me the wisdom to identify those you’ve placed around me to help me get better.  In your name I pray, Amen.

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“Praying with the Pastor” is a resource highlighting prayer needs in our community, nation, and world.  Names of Zion members and friends requesting prayer are listed in the weekly church bulletins, and monthly Messenger Newsletter.  May God’s blessings abound as we consistently lift up the world, including our own church family, in prayer!

 

Praying With The Pastor “Dementia”

“My child, take care of your father when he grows old; give him no cause for worry as long as he lives.  Be sympathetic even if his mind fails him; don’t look down on him just because you are strong and healthy.  The Lord will not forget the kindness you show to your father…”  (Sirach 3:12-14)*

“Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities… Dementia results from a variety of diseases and injuries that primarily or secondarily affect the brain…Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year…Dementia has a physical, psychological, social, and economic impact, not only on people with dementia, but also on their careers, families and society at large.”   – The World Health Organization

Dear Friends,

Please join me in prayer this week for all those suffering from dementia, those who love them, and those who care for them.

Blessings,

Pastor Basile

A Prayer

Pour your grace, O loving God, upon all suffering with dementia. It is frustrating not to find a word; it is fearful to lose one’s memories. Bless them with patience, a loving and supporting family, and days of hope and accomplishment. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen

  • Vienna Cobb Anderson, in “Prayer of our Heart

*”Sirach” is a book in the “Apocrypha,” a collection of ancient writings that some Christian groups, such as the Eastern Orthodox Church (260 million people) and Roman Catholic Church (1.3 billion people), consider sacred.

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“Hurricane Dorian slowed to a crawl Monday over the northwestern Bahamas, pounding Grand Bahama Island with catastrophic winds and storm surge before moving toward the southeastern U.S.”
– The Wall Street Journal, 09/02/2019

Dear Friends,

Please pray with me for all those impacted by the horrific effects of Hurricane Dorian.

Blessings,
Pastor Basile

“God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken and mountains fall into the ocean depths; even if the seas roar and rage, and the hills are shaken by the violence.” (Psalm 46:1-3)

A Prayer
Almighty God, and creator of all, like the disciples who were caught in their tiny boat in the midst of a mighty storm, we come together to seek Your help. We are fearful as we are surrounded by danger. We feel helpless and small before the great power of this perilous time, a power which is beyond our control. While everything seems dark and dangerous, we place our trust in You, our Lord and God…May Your Divine Presence fill our dwellings in the midst of this danger. Almighty God who never sleeps nor slumbers, be with us during this time of danger. Amen.

Edward Hays, Catholic Health Association of the United States

“Praying with the Pastor” is a resource highlighting prayer needs in our community, nation, and world. Names of Zion members and friends requesting prayer are listed in the weekly church bulletins, and monthly Messenger Newsletter. May God’s blessings abound as we consistently lift up the world, including our own church family, in prayer!

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

“…based on more than 151,000 interviews with adults in over 140 countries in 2018…Asked about their feelings the previous day, the majority of Americans (55%)…said they had experienced stress during a lot of the day, nearly half (45%) said they felt worried a lot and more than one in five (22%) said they felt anger a lot.”

– Julie Ray, commenting on Gallup World Poll, 2018

Dear Friends,

Toxic levels of stress and anger damage and destroy people’s lives.  These things have many, complex causes.  Please pray with me this week, however, for the well-being of those suffering in this way in our own society, and throughout the world.

Blessings,
Pastor Basile

A Prayer
Lord, thank you that you want us to cast our cares on you. Thank you that there is nowhere I can go that you are not there with me. Thank you for having a hold of my life, even as I feel like everything is crumbling around me.  Lord, I confess that…I have let stress control my mood, my attitudes and my actions….Please Father, help me see what is stressful in my life and hand it over to You….Help me actively think on Your goodness to me.  I am so hopeful for my eternity with you, Lord, where there will be NO more stress! Help me look back on all the ways You have rescued me from my stressful moments, and look in hope to the future where You will one day rid all stress, forever.  Help me live boldly in the truth of Your goodness and power today. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Emily Massey, from “A Prayer for Stress”

“Praying with the Pastor” is a resource highlighting prayer needs in our community, nation, and world.  Names of Zion members and friends requesting prayer are listed in the weekly church bulletins, and monthly Messenger Newsletter.  May God’s blessings abound as we consistently lift up the world, including our own church family, in prayer!