A Shining Star

The Rev. Dr. H. Daehler Hayes
Nov. 16, 1936 – Sept. 27, 2019

Dear God,

Like a candle that burns all day and night, Rev. Dr. Daehler Hayes’ memory is a beacon of hope that shines bright.

There’s so many stories about Pastor Daehler.

He made us laugh. He gave encouragement and warnings seasoned with Grace. Thank God, for Pastor Hayes, especially for all that he offered the people of Haiti.

Daehler often gave good advice and a lasting impression.

He was God’s Servant, our Friend, a Hero, Leader, Pastor, Shining Star and most of all a Blessing.

Merciful God, comfort his family, and all who grieve.

Thank you Almighty God for the promise of eternal peace.

In our Savior’s Name. Amen

An Interfaith Service of
Remembrance and Thanksgiving
October 26, 2019 at 11:00 am
Central Congregational Church UCC

Courageous

Courageous

O God, who will take his place? Who will take the place of one who was wrapped in courage?

Courage cannot be bought or sold

Outgoing friendly, socially confident

Understands issues and remedies

Reliable well grounded, dependable

Attitude feelings, moods are stable

Grateful family legacy, service, living

Empathetic to grassroots’ needs

Let us continue to park and pray.

Dear God, we park and pray giving thanks for Representative Elijah Cummings, his life, his gifts and all that he shared with so many of us. He showed himself as a man with a tremendous amount of courage despite having many hardships and obstacles. He will be sadly missed.

O God, who will take his place?

Send forth one who is willing to give time, talents and treasures.

One willing to work hard for You and in Your name.

One who loves to do justice, loves mercy and who loves to walk humbly with You, Almighty God.

We give thanks. We receive Your grace and mercy knowing Elijah’s work is done. His rest and eternal peace has begun. In Your Holy Name. Amen

A Melt Down!

“I think now we have to pray for his health,” Ms. Pelosi told reporters afterward. “This was a very serious meltdown on the part of the president.” She said Mr. Trump seemed “very shaken up” by the cascade of criticism.

Mr. Trump said it was the other way around. “Nancy Pelosi needs help fast!” he wrote on Twitter. “She had a total meltdown in the White House today. It was very sad to watch. Pray for her, she is a very sick person!”
(The N.Y. Times, 10/16/19)

Let Us Park and Pray at 1:11

Almighty God, America’s leaders are publicly asking us to pray for their adversary. It seems odd given their tense relationship.

A Call to Pray is an amazing request from our leaders. Surely, God, You inspired them. You’re up to something! It’s always good!

Loving God, we thank you for those leaders who are willing to receive the love, hope, peace and renewal that You offer.

Thank You for Leaders who are faithful and forgiving. Leaders who exercise humility, possess integrity, honor, civility and love for You, our country and humanity.

Merciful God we pray for healing for those who struggle with their ethical, moral, impulsive decisions and behaviors.

We pray for our leaders whose decisions seriously impact lives in detrimental ways.

We pray for those who have meltdowns and who refuse to enter into the places where God may guide them.

Lord, God we pray for our country’s leaders, especially those who occupy the highest offices in our nation. Help them to be truthful and transparent.

Great God, help us make America great for all people. May all recognize Your undeniable power to answer all prayers as we pray:

Our Father who art in heaven. Hallow be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sinned against us. Lead us not into temptation. Deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen

The Bus Stop

Psalm 121:8

What if you’re on your way to an unfamiliar destination. Maybe you’re fearful about getting lost, being alone and abandoned.

Do you feel like you are under watchful eyes?

The Psalmist reminds us:

“The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalms 121:8

Prayer is a way to acknowledge and accept the Lord’s help.

There are many ways to Park and Pray. You may find yourself parked or sitting on a bench at a bus stop. Maybe you’re willing to stop wherever you may be at 1:11 pm.

At the bus stop you see bystanders, strangers and an onslaught of traffic racing around a rotary. You hear a melody of horns, tires screeching, babies crying and a host of multilingual conversations. You are distracted and confused by the commotion. Your peace of mind diminishes.

Yet, Spirit calls you to mindfully withdraw from the crowds and enter into a sacred space where God waits for you.

You lift up your eyes to the hills and you ask, “Where will my help come?” You are reminded that your help comes from the Lord. (Ps121:1)

So, you to embrace the Light and you feel the presence of the Divine. It’s as if a breeze gently touches and guides you. Feel the raindrops extinguish your doubts and shower you with calmness.

You’re on your way and you’re not alone.

“The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalms 121:8

Let’s Park and Pray

Almighty God, thank you for waiting and watching over me.

Thank you for awakening me to your presence and for walking with me.

Forgive me for doubting your presence and your promises to love me and never leave me.

Lord, strengthen my faith and renew my hope. Help me to discern your voice, your messages and your will.

Holy Spirit inspire me with passion and patience to prayerfully watch, wait and walk with You always.

Holy one, may I always know your presence, especially when I am lost, feeling hopeless and abandoned at the crowded bus stops in our lives.

Receive my prayer in the powerful name of my Savior. Amen.

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Friends, no matter where you are along life’s journey join us in spirit. Park and Pray at 1:11 pm with us.

Check the menu tab for your name on the prayer list and for additional prayers.

A Fresh Start

Dear God,

As we prepare for a new school year, may it be a fresh start for all.

We give you thanks for those who have the gifts to teach, preach, reach out, encourage and grow leaders.

We pray for all children, students, teachers, administrators and all who promote and support the learning experience. Keep us safe and bless us with your Peace daily.

We praise you Almighty God, for in the midst of fear and brokenness there is the Light of your presence shining on and through us.

Give us eyes to see your work, ears to hear your still speaking voice, hands and feet to spread your Love, Joy and Peace.

Give us each day our daily bread as a fresh start and renewed strength for our journey.

Receive our prayers O God in our Savior’s name. Amen 🙏🏾.

Drawing by Adelya who hears through her eyes, hands and heart.

Praying the Psalms with Maren

God Help Us

O God, I hear you speak through the message in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24.

You call us to do better and to be better people. To unite in Spirit and to be mindful of your holy presence. Boldly, we lift our eyes to the hills, the heavens, and beyond. Our help comes from you, O God.
O God Help Us!
Recognize those who work hard on our behalf. Those who encourage and guide us to do your will. May we appreciate and share our loving affection for them.
O God Help Us!
Get along with one another. Inspire us to do our part to help our neighbors in need.
O God Help Us!
Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs, and to be careful that we don’t snap at each other. Help us to look for the best in each other, and do our best to bring it out.
O God Help Us!
Pray without ceasing; giving thanks to You, O God in times of troubles and blessings.
O God Help Us!
To embrace your Spirit, Words and Love. To go where You lead us and spread your Peace.

O God, the Almighty One who makes us holy and whole, unite us in body, mind, spirit and soul.
In Christ’s Name. Amen

Unexpected Guests

I struggled with naming the title of this Reflection but writing the Prayer was a breeze.

Remember the movie, “Guess Whose Coming to Dinner?”

Do you remember the guest, the handsome Sydney Poitier, a poised, smooth, and debonair Black man who won the hearts of many?

Yes, but, it didn’t happen without a struggle.

Someone boldly invited him to dinner. Eventually others welcomed him.

He wasn’t the boogeyman or the big bad wolf who planned to “huff and puff and blow your house down.

The guest was already equipped to be a friend, a neighbor, a worker and lover. The folks around the dinner table had to change their perceptions and ways.

Today, we are faced with unexpected guests.

We are challenged to reach across our tables and invite an immigrant father, mother, child and family to dinner. Pray with them and for them.

We are called to do our best.

Trust God will do the rest.

Let us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm

Almighty God we look to You for guidance as we struggle with a humanitarian crises involving guests who are seeking a refuge from life threatening situations.

We are grounded by Your Spirit, Word and Love. Bless us with the means and ways to honor justice and welcome our guests to a bountiful table.

Inspire us to welcome an asylum seeking immigrant family. Equip us with the tools to address their most urgent needs. Bless them with the righteous desires of their hearts.

Gracious and Merciful God we thank you for making room for us at your table. We are grateful to be Your guests and servants. Feed all who hunger and thirst for righteousness.

O Holy One feed us until we want no more. Until we can say and believe that, ” The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.”

We Park and Pray at 1:11 pm

In our Savior’s name. Amen