Since the tragic Sandy Hook shooting, Over 500,000 Americans have been killed or injured by guns
• Nearly 242 school shootings, according to Everytown for Gun Safety (https://everytownresearch.org/school-shootings/)
• Over 1500 mass shooting incidents (defined as four or more people shot in an incident), according to the Mass Shooting Tracker (https://www.massshootingtracker.org/data)
• There has been no congressional action to #EndGunViolence with three failed gun violence prevention votes in the Senate and no votes in the House of Representatives
Let us Pray
Almighty God, we park our lives for a moment of pray with you. O God, help us to know your presence among us. O Love Divine, your Light awakens us, renews us, refreshes and revives us. During this Season of Advent you call us to stay awake, wait, watch and beware. Merciful God, help us to be mindful of the days when our Savior was born and the challenges we face today. Guide and comfort us as we remember the Victims of Gun Violence, that continues to threaten our lives. O God, we pray in our Savior’s Name. Amen
My nephew used his Wii U game (Mii Maker) to remake my image into a game character. He carefully and thoughtfully selected her hairdo, facial expression, clothing, colors, posture and more. I was amazed by his depiction of me. So, what if he uses my image in his game and wins! Win or lose, I will rejoice and be glad for reasons greater than the game.
Let us Park and Pray at 1:11pm
Lord, thank you for the gift of time, family and growing relationships. Thank you for renewing us day by day. We are your handiwork and a work in progress. Lord, you promised to bless us each day. You promised to always be present with us. You promised to love us unconditionally. What more can we ask of you, for your grace is sufficient. Help us to see your handiwork and rejoice in what you have done, what you are doing, and what you will do in our lives. ICN, Amen
A Prayer For Thanksgiving
Almighty God, we offer our thanks and praise for all who are gathered around the table. Spirit God, make your presence known to us as we seek your blessings for the food we are about to eat from your bounty. Fill us with the gifts of your Grace, Peace, Light, and Love. Help us to share these gifts with our neighbors. In our Savior’s name, we pray. Amen.
A Grateful Heart
Almighty God, in this season of Thanksgiving, we give thanks with a grateful heart. You fill us with your Word, clothe us with your Grace and anoint us with your Righteousness. Love Supreme, we sing praises and we give thanks with a grateful heart for your enduring love. In your Holy name, we pray. Amen.
Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11 pm
October 25, 2017, eleven Beneficent Church members and friends traveled to Offenbach Germany to visit our “Sister Church” and celebrate the 500th year of the Protestant Reformation. Pastors Michelle Madsen-Bibeau, Joachim, Christiane and I preached a combined sermon from Revelations 7:9-12 at the Evangelische Stadtkirche Church in Offenbach, Germany before our combined congregations. I preached from the pulpit.
Let us pray, God we come before your presence with praise and thanksgiving. We come from diverse cultures and languages but our faith in you O God is not diverse. We thank you for picking us up and carrying us when we fall down. Thank you for holding and blessing us with a renewed spirit when we feel down. Thank you for sharing your wisdom when we don’t know what to do. Redeeming God help us hold onto the palm branches that remind us of Jesus Christ, his sacrifice, and his promises. Bless us with pure robes, clean hearts, and the desire to serve you. May we live to love generously, honor the peace you give us and bear witness to the power of the living water that Jesus Christ offers us. To God be the glory forever and ever! In Jesus Name we pray. Amen
We can honor Sargent La David Johnson’s life and preserve his legacy. Let us put away hurtful words. Sacrifice a few minutes today. Pause, “Park and Pray at 1:11 pm” in memory of Sgt Johnson. Say sweet words of comfort for his loved ones. Let us pray:
Loving God, thank you for the life and spirit of Sargent La David Johnson who sacrificed his life in service to our country. God in your grace and mercy comfort those who grieve. Silent the angry hearts who ignite painful gestures and blow harmful words like a hurricane of dissension. Quench the fires that burn through the fabric of truth and wholeness. Rescue us from fire and smoke that clouds our vision and attempts to turn lovers into haters. Shower our nation with your peace. Let your Light shine on the good and the wicked so together we might overcome that which weighs us down. Lift us up so we might truly be “one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” May we remember Sargent Johnson always with loving admiration. Bless us Almighty God to be great lovers of You and one another. In the powerful name of Christ. Amen
Thankful for All who participated in the Service of Installation as Associate Pastor and Teacher Beneficent Congregational Church
Participants: Enno Fritsch, Organist; Rev. Michelle Madsen-Bibeau, Interim Minister, BCC; Earnest Cox Minister of Music, BCC; Delbert L. Collins, Soloist;
Sharon Mazyck, Soloist; Lon Plynton Guitar, Sheila Austin, Flute; CJ Washington, Drums; Ellie Alves, Dominic Lemus; Lukas Enno; Michael Alves; Pastor Chontell N. Washington, Pastoral Associate, BCC; Diane Chain Cochran, Reader; Christeen Hum Estrada, Director of Children’s Ministries, BCC; April Brown, Reader; Walter Hope, Reader; Valerie Tutson, Story Teller; Rev. Dr. Kathy Henry, Reader; Rev. Dr. Damaris Whittaker, Keynote Preacher; Sylvia Delaney, Reader; Carlos Vega, Soloist;
Kevin Nelson, Chair Deacon, Reader; Rev. Barbara Libby, Interim Conference Minister, RI Conference, United Church of Christ (RICUCC); Frances Munro, President RICUCC Board; Rev. Gene Dyszlewski, RICUCC; Rev. Gary Bagley, RICUCC Committee on Ministry; Rev. Brendan Curran, Prayer of Installation.
Planning Committee Jay Frails (Chair), Jane Eastman, Paulette Littlejohn and family, Faith Washington and family, Rev. Michelle Madsen-Bibeau, Earnest Cox, Community Ministry Team – Kenny Alston, Sylvia Delaney, Jay Frails, Cindy Gorriaran, Gordon Hayes, Shara Plynton Ushers: Chris Alves, Irene Hope, Luke Krawszac, Niya Plynton, Shara Plynton
Cover Artwork Barbara Whatmough;
John Pagliarini Building and Grounds Supervisor; Michele Adamo, Office & Communications Manager; Juan
Special Thanks to Governor Raimondo for her letter and citation; Rev. Don Anderson, Executive Director Rhode Island Conference of Churches; Rev. Maren Tirabassi’s tribute.
Glory to God! Thanks to all present and in spirit for this wonderful celebration!
While we are limping away
and earthquakes and terrible fires,
and from great failures in compassion,
not to speak of the small
and so personal pain in lives
of all the folks in all our churches,
we do these simple things
that all the world calls crazy —
we put water on children,
and we install a woman of God.
We need your courage, Cleo
someone to send a dove
for an olive branch of peace,
someone to mix in a little leaven
and pulling over to pray at 1:11,
someone to carry spices to every place
where sad people need to hear
about the resurrection,
someone to speak Pentecost words
that does not know “churchy” language
but recognizes the truth in a life
that knows both mess and message,
the rim of the dark horizon
and the dawn of hope.
God’s grace be with you this autumn day of celebration and every day of your ministry.
– Maren C. Tirabassi, October 8, 2017
“At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 injured in a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip during a country music festival Sunday night. It is the deadliest mass shooting in US history.” CNN News
Awesome God we need you every hour, every minute and every second. Cover us with your love. Bless us with your grace. Merciful God, stop the bloodshed and assaults against life and livelihood. We pray for healing in our Savior’s name. Amen