Friday, August 23, 2013

.a friend.

This week, our community is mourning Bob,
a wonderful man who spent his life loving God and loving people.
He passed away on Thursday.

He was the much-loved husband of Marcile and the grandpa of my friend Jay.

I was blessed to be in Bob and Marcile's small group since shortly after I arrived in Newberg,
and I've learned so much from them about faithfulness, endurance, and prayer.

Bob, you will be missed.

me with Bob and Marcile at my housewarming party last summer

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Human Needs Global Resources Covenant, 2009

As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.