Love is the will to nurture life and growth in oneself and in another. Love is personal; it is the sacred trust of living things. Donald Green, 1982
In Meeting for Worship many share joys about changes in their lives, new opportunities, new jobs, new ministries, unexpected blessings, good news from medical professionals. Some of those things are shared here along with other concerns that you may wish to hold on your heart:
Charlene, who as a teacher, is concerned for children with special needs in her classroom.
For Clayton, facing possible deportation and separation from his family.
For Nick and Susan as they settle into their new home. (We miss you!!)
For friends of families who are dealing with issues of life.
For Northwest Yearly Meeting and our colleague worshiping communities.
For the “new thing”, an association of Monthly Meetings considering formation of a new Yearly Meeting.
We continue to keep those who do ministry with our support: Jonathan and Carol; Johan and Judy; Elizabeth T.; and those organizations with which we work: Family Promise; Caritas Outreach Ministry; The Fig Tree; Faith Action Network and others
We pray for our President, Senators and Member of Congress, Governor: Jay Inslee; and those who represent us as members of Washington State Legislature. Our Mayor, City and County Councils who serve us and for the newly elected leaders as a new government is being organized. We also pray for those whose lives are oppressed and who are vulnerable to violence both here and abroad.
We hold those who offer hospitality to wounded souls on our hearts. We pray for peace and for resolution to the internal strife in the middle east. We hold on our hearts persons suffering at the hands of religious extremists.
“Lord, enable us to surrender our defended fortresses…”