Small Steps; Big Impacts


The Spirit Calendar

A Weekly Devotional from the Connecticut Conference United Church of Christ


February 13, 2017


This week's author is Michele Mudrick, Legislative Advocate for the Connecticut Conference, UCC.
 

Scripture:  Luke 18:7 (NRSV)

And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them?

Reflection: 

I was reading an article by the Rev. Mark Sandlin a while ago called, "Following Jesus means being political and advocating for the least of these." Rev. Sandlin is an ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church. He says that the things that Jesus did were very much political, and the Roman government sentenced him to death because of his activity. He goes on to say that if we want to follow Jesus, it means being political, it means advocating for the "least of these" and being willing to confront abusive power structures and people, and being willing to flip a few tables in the process.
 
The Connecticut State Legislature convened just over a month ago. Now more than ever we need our voices heard at the Connecticut State Capitol. Perhaps many of you have not been to the Capitol since the tour you took with your fourth grade class. For some it is an intimidating place. But, as people of faith, it's important to step outside our comfort zones and fight for justice. Injustice is happening all around us. You can make a difference fighting injustice with a simple call and email to your State Senator and Representative. Imagine the impact the Connecticut Conference would have if each State Senator and Representative had a relationship with at least one member of a UCC church?
 
I'm compiling a spreadsheet of all 187 State Legislators ( 36 CT State Senators and 151 CT State Representatives). Would you please email me the names of your State Senator and State Representative?
 
You can find your state Representative and State Senators at www.cga.ct.gov.  Simply click "Find your Legislators." Once you have done this, email me at michelem@ctucc.org so I can add your name as a constituent.
 
 Let us all make a difference by doing this simple step.
 

Prayer:

Dear God, please bless our great state of Connecticut and  open our hearts and minds to see that we can make a difference in the state of Connecticut. God, grant us strength and courage to speak up for what matters to us so justice is served for all of God’s children.
 

Special Prayer Requests:

New Requests:
 
  • the people of southern Louisiana, after tornadoes struck the area on Feb. 7;
  • those residents around Lake Oroville, CA, who were evacuated for safety reasons after authorities found erosion at the Oroville Dam on Feb. 7 causing concerns of partial failure of a spillway;
  • the family and friends of Frank McCaffrey, who died on Feb. 7. Frank is the father of Rev. Matt McCaffrey, Pastor of Waterford Congregational UCC; and
  • the family of Neva Arno Weber, who passed away on Feb 6.  Neva is the daughter of Larry Arno, husband of Rev. Shannon Rye Wall.
 
Continuing Requests:
 
  • John Polglase, husband of the Rev. Betsey Polglase, Pastor of the Columbia Congregational Church UCC, who has chronic pulmonary disease;
  • The family and friends of Rebecca Hardee, wife of the Rev. Dr. Brian C. Hardee, Pastor of West Avon Congregational Church. Rebecca died on Jan. 31;
  • the people of Quebec City, Quebec after a gunmen attacked a mosque in the city killing 6 people on Jan. 29;
  • the Rev. Micki Nunn-Miller, who had knee surgery on Jan. 17;
  • Debi Mastroni Kenyon, Director of Faith Formation at Monroe Congregational Church, who had surgery on Jan. 18;
  • those grieving after a Turkish cargo place crashed in Kyrgyzstan leaving 37 dead on Jan. 16;
  • the members and staff of Thompson Congregational Church after a fire severely damage the building on Dec. 29;
  • Michael White, former Operations Manager at Silver Lake Conference Center, who was diagnosed with colon cancer;
  • Juliane Silver, the daughter of the Rev. Jim Silver of Middletown, who is in dire need of a liver transplant. We pray that a donor will come forward giving the gift of life and a portion of their liver to Juliane;
  • Chacy Eveland, husband of the Rev. Marcia Eveland, pastor of the First Congregational Church UCC of Ansonia, who has been moved to a full-time facility for care of dementia;
  • the thousands of migrants worldwide who flee from violence and persecution in search of safety;
  • our ecumenical partners in the Kyung-Ki Presbytery in South Korea;
  • the Conference's partners working for peace in Colombia amidst violence;
  • the leaders of this nation, that they may meet the challenges of the day with insight, wisdom, and compassion;
  • this nation, that it may continue its difficult work to end the practices of racism;
  • those suffering due to the ongoing financial woes of the nation, be they struggling to meet an unaffordable mortgage, seeking employment, or working to find just resolutions; and
  • those serving or living in war or conflict zones around the world, or where terrorists have struck.
 
To be added to the prayer list, please send an email to Drew Page at: drewp@ctucc.org.
 

Please Remember These Connecticut Conference Churches
In Your Prayers:

Colchester
Colchester Federated Church

Jerrie Shepard Matney - IN
 
Columbia
Columbia Congregational Church UCC

Elizabeth Polglase - P
Jean W. Murphy - CE
 
Cornwall
The United Church of Christ in Cornwall

Madelon Elizabeth Nunn-Miller - P
Tracy D. Gray - CE
 
Coventry
Second Congregational Church, UCC

Maria E. Yocum-Carlson – P
 
Coventry
The First Congregational Church of Coventry, UCC

Stephen Churchill Washburn - IN
 

The Spirit Calendar: February 13, 2017 , by Michele Mudrick.