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Moderator and Council of Elders Call for Prayer and Peace as Brussels Undergoes Terrorist Attacks

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 — As the world entered the third day of Holy Week, it did so recalling images from “September 11th” in the United States, with people covered in dust from falling debris; recalling the screams of people fleeing in Paris; remembering the parents mourning children from Northern Nigeria to central Kenya. Mothers with children and the elderly waited the longest 10 minutes of their lives for help in evacuating, as security personnel charged with helping them tried to make their way through their own shock and disbelief.

Brussels, Belgium, joined the growing ranks of cities targeted for terror and destruction about 7:00 GMT this morning. Though the statistics are still changing, at last count 34 people lost their lives and 230 were injured when bombs exploded at the Brussels International Airport and 7 miles away at a metro station during rush hour. Some say the horror and trauma were a message to the European Union, whose headquarters are nearby; others that the terrible loss inflicted was in retaliation for the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, one of those responsible for the Paris attacks last fall. ISIS has laid claim to the carnage.

Leaders from around the world joined in condemning the loss of innocent life. Belgium’s Prime Minister called the attacks “blind, violent and cowardly,” saying, “This is a day of tragedy. I call on everyone to show calmness and solidarity.” “Terrorists struck Brussels, ” said President Francois Hollande of France, “but it was Europe that was targeted . . . and all the world is concerned.” “This is yet another reminder that the world must unite . . . in fighting against the scourge of terrorism, “ said United States President, Barak Obama.

We must unite, but the question is around what? We who are of the Christian faith are in a week dedicated to recalling the Passion of Christ and his eventual Resurrection. Luke in the 19th chapter of his Gospel says that as Jesus rode into the Holy City he wept, uttering these words: “A time is coming when your enemies will raise fortifications all around you, when they will encircle you and hem you in on every side; they will dash you and the children inside your walls to the ground; they will leave not one stone standing on another within you—and all because you did not recognize your opportunity for peace.”

As we pray for our brothers and sisters caught in the indiscriminate horror of violence and traumatic loss, let us also not miss our opportunity for peace. “We are one, after all, you and I,” wrote de Chardin, “together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other.” Let us pray with everything within us that the bad things happening in our world not blind us to the opportunity for peace or the allincluding love of God. Let us pray that the violence we, as a human family, have once again experienced, recreate in us a right spirit, a spirit that leads us to the kind of re-examination of our lives and recreation of our communities that will make it possible for us to live together as the one people of God.

In sorrow, in faith, and in hope,
The MCC Council of Elders
Metropolitan Community Churches


 

Belgium-Attacks-2016O God,

We come to you once again mourning the loss

of your children in Belgium.

As you receive the dead into your Holy Presence,

please be with the surviving and bring comfort and healing to each heart.

We know Your heart is broken once again.

Look upon the world You have made with mercy.

Cleanse our hearts of their propensity toward violence and retaliation,

violence and retaliation ~ the endless cycle,

and help us to come together in a way that will re-establish

Your vision of peace and goodwill prevailing.

Help us to direct our grief and the energy of our losses

toward the things that will make for swords being hammered into plowshares,

and an end to all our sorrows.

Help us to remember Jesus’ example on the cross ~ those words about forgiveness

for those who don’t really get what they are doing, and that promise that today

can be more like Paradise than horror for us, if we are willing to follow in his footsteps.

Help us, we pray, in Jesus’ name. +Amen

We do not celebrate the death of Fred Phelps….We choose love

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A Call to 30 Days of Fasting and Prayer

The Council of Elders would like to invite you, the members and friends of MCC, to join us in 30 Days of Fasting and Prayer beginning on 1 June. As we prepare to convene the General Conference in Chicago on 1 July 2013, we feel that it is important to pray, fast and BELIEVE that during this season of Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit will be profoundly present with us.

 

In 2013, the Church Universal finds itself in a state of unprecedented decline. Now, more than ever, MCC is called to be a new kind of church in a new kind of world. The Council of Elders has no doubt that MCC can BE THAT CHURCH and yet, we must always lean into the power of God’s Spirit and leading.

 

In that spirit, we want to ask that you join us in three things over the next 30 days:

  1. Pray the prayer on the next page every day. Ask the people in your church to join us. “Pray without ceasing” that God’s Spirit will fall anew on MCC as we gather from around the world.
  2. Along with the same prayer each day, we would like for you to join us in praying for a specific thing each of the 30 days. The list for each day is on the next page.
  3. Determine how you might fast as a way of focusing your best intentions and prayers for this to be a miraculous outpouring of God’s spirit. You may want to fast from eating for a certain amount of time (even just one meal), fast from television, going out to eat, shopping, etc.

 

The Council of Elders will all be doing these three things and we believe that the collective prayers and intentions of God’s people can create a future that God has already imagined for MCC!!

 

Gratefully,

The Council of Elders

Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson

Rev. Elder Lillie Brock

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez

Rev. Elder Ken Martin

Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West

 

 

Daily Prayer:

God of the prophet Joel, as we gather in Chicago as your Pentecost people we ask for a fresh outpouring of your Spirit. We claim, great God of wind and fire, the gifts of the Holy Spirit for Metropolitan Community Church. We open ourselves to their unique manifestation among us so that we might boldly proclaim a gospel of Christian salvation, Christian community and Christian social action for the 21st century. As on that first day of Pentecost, may we experience at this General Conference not only a miracle of clear speech but also a miracle of hearing each other deeply, bringing new life to our shared dreams and visions.

 

30 Days of Fasting and Prayer

Saturday

1 June

 

Safety for all traveling to General Conference

Sunday

2 June

 

For powerful inspiration

Monday

3 June

 

Gratitude for staff and volunteers

Tuesday

4 June

 

For open hearts and open minds

Wednesday

5 June

 

For recommitment to founding narrative / original vision

Thursday

6 June

 

For fresh boldness to share the truth that we have received

Friday

7 June

 

For stirring up vocation

Saturday

8 June

 

For tender hearts to hear God’s call

Sunday

9 June

 

For unity in our diversity

Monday

10 June

 

For a Pentecost experience; a fresh outpouring of the Spirit

Tuesday

11 June

 

For growth in our understanding of MCC as a global community

Wednesday

12 June

 

For our witness to people in Chicago

Thursday

13 June

 

For guidance in the selection of leaders

Friday

14 June

 

For the partners and spouses of our leaders

Saturday

15 June

 

For new friendships and deepening relationships

Sunday

16 June

 

For the Elders

Monday

17 June

 

For our Moderator

Tuesday

18 June

 

For our clergy and lay delegates

Wednesday

19 June

 

For the transition to our next Moderator

Thursday

20 June

 

For Rev. Troy Perry

Friday

21 June

 

For our children and youth

Saturday

22 June

 

Outreach to Latinos, especially in the Chicago area

Sunday

23 June

 

For our special guests and speakers

Monday

24 June

 

For inspired worship

Tuesday

25 June

 

For challenging workshops

Wednesday

26 June

 

For new churches that will begin before we are together again

Thursday

27 June

 

For those who will experience General Conference for the first time

Friday

28 June

 

To embody our liberation

Saturday

29 June

 

For forgiveness and healing, inside and outside our walls

Sunday

30 June

 

For the leaders of our nations