Three Grains of Wheat

Very Truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies it produces much fruit. Jn 12:24

Sometimes death comes in threes. First, my Auntie Dottie left us peacefully. Her prayers calmed storms, moved mountains of doubts, healed, blessed and renewed our faith. She loved and lived to please Jesus. The Holy Spirit was her constant companion.

Evangelist Dorothy Redd Faithful Servant

Second, Barbara Whatmough, my creative Prayer Partner whose art, songs and thoughts created a tapestry of divine glory to God. She embraced a peaceful sleep where “the Heavens declare the glorified God.” Psalms 18:1

Barbara Whatmough

Third, Cynthia Corry, my delightful and dependable helper suddenly went up to yonder. She often stayed behind to help pick of the pieces of our Good Friday Service, Luncheon for the Homeless and Fellowship Hour. Her smile was like a candlelight burning and leaving a trail of sweet calm.

Cynthia Corry

Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11

God of Grace and Mercy, thank you for the gift of life and the promise of eternal peace. Make your presence known to us as we mourn the loss of our loved ones and also celebrate their home-going. We park and pray at this moment in Your Holy Name. Amen

And ye therefore now have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no one taketh away from you. – John 16:22

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.

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

Falling Upward

Falling Upwards

What is it?
Is there such a thing as falling upward?
Is it something you plan to do or is it an accident? What is it that pulls you upwards? What pulls you out of the weeds and close to the clouds?

You’re far away from whatever holds you down. Enjoy it!
Hang in there! Hold on!
You’re standing on tree limbs of a sturdy tree. Look around you and now look 👀 up. It feels amazing!

Do you wonder how you will get down? Do you care? What if you just stay up there for a while?
How does it feel to fall upwards?
It defies gravity.
But, it does not defy God.

Let’s Park and Pray at 1:11

Almighty God, so great is your power, magnificent is your strength and awesome your wisdom. You are amazing!

Gracious God, help me to find your peace in the midst of the weeds, the trees, the dark clouds and raindrops. Help me to feel your peace especially when I’ve fallen and I struggle to get up. May I hold and share your peace at all times.

Thank you for the blessed assurance of your presence. Holy One, I give myself to you, to safeguard, protect, build and lead as you please.

In Your Holy Name. Amen.

A Mother’s Day Prayer at 1:11

Holy One we give thanks for those who serve as mothers in our lives.
For mothers whose loving arms nurture, protect and support us.
For mothers whose footsteps we follow and shoulders we lean on.
For mothers who are shepherds of your people.
For mothers whose spirit continues to feed us.
We give thanks and praise in Your Holy name we pray. Amen

Finished

Hated by the world,

Sold for thirty pieces of silver,

Sweating blood in Your agony,

Betrayed by Judas,

Forsaken by Your disciples,

Struck upon the cheek,

Accused by false witnesses,

Spit upon in the face,

Denied by Peter, .

Mocked by Herod,

Scourged by Pilate, .

Rejected for Barabbas,

Loaded with the cross,

Crowned with thorns,

Stripped of Your garments,

Nailed to the tree,

Reviled by the people,

Scoffed at by the malefactor,

Wounded in the side,

Shedding Your last drop of blood, .

Forsaken by Your Father,

Dying for our sins,

Taken down from the cross, .

Laid in the sepulchre,

Rising gloriously,

Ascending into Heaven,

Sending down the Paraclete, .

Jesus the Innocent Lamb of God,

sacrificed for us, Jesus our Mediator,

Jesus our Redeemer,

Be merciful, Spare us, O Lord.

Be merciful, Graciously hear us, O Lord.

https://www.cbmidwest.org/prayers/0307SevenLastWordsofJesus.pdf

https://www.bible.com/2016/jhn.19.30.nrsv

The Hands of Women

Dear Friends,

I thought you might like this interesting quote:

“The destiny of nations lies far more in the hands of women—the mothers—than in the hands of those who possess power. We must cultivate women, who are educators of the human race, else a new generation cannot accomplish its task.” – Froebel

What are your thoughts?

Let us Park and Pray at 1:11 pm.

Holy Mother of all living beings, thank you for Your Mighty hands that stretch beyond our imagination. You embrace the universe, touching stars and hugging our lives. Holy One, you help us imagine ourselves as an extension of your hands, heart, feet and spirit in our nation. Love Divine, inspire us to unite, love and share your bountiful blessings around the world. Empower us to be steadfast, to persevere and to resist the forces of evil. May we glorify you O God far greater than we praise ourselves. Merciful God, receive our prayers. In your Holy name. Amen

A Prayer of Lament

The WORD

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eye—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” – (Job 19:25-27)

Grieving our loss & Celebrating their lives

Trinity Washington

Chris Alves

A PRAYER of LAMENT

By Debbie Przybylski

Lord, I know that you are faithful over all things, even the hard, dark times of my life. Help me not back away from you in my time of grief. Help me instead to lean into you and trust you, even when I do not understand your ways. Please keep my head above the waters of anguish and my feet from slipping off the ground of truth. Help me see you in these hard moments and glorify you in my response. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/your-daily-prayer/a-prayer-of-lament-your-daily-prayer-july-15-2016.html