Carla Dietz is the Senior Minister at First Congregational Church of San Jose, CA. A life-long New Yorker/New Englander, Carla was ordained by and served in the Connecticut and Massachusetts Conferences and the newly formed SNEUCC. She served as a Pastor for 13 years and as a Christian Education Professional and educational mentor to all age groups,13 years prior to ordained ministry. She misses New England but loves living in Northern California because Spring starts in February!
Scripture: John 9:1-41 (NRSV)
10 But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.” - John 9:10-12
Reflection: Where’s Jesus?
Gracious and Holy One, thank you for moments of illumination, for instances of confusion, for sacred interventions to our conventional thinking. God knows we need it. Amen
New Prayer Requests:
We ask churches and church leaders to join us in the following prayers either by sharing them during worship, printing them in bulletins, or sharing them in some other way. To make a prayer request, please contact Marlene Gasdia-Cochrane at email@example.com.
Prayers of Intercession:
- For the people of Ukraine whose lives continue to be shattered by war.
- For those grieving or suffering due to the ~8,000 gun violence deaths that happened in the US since the start of the new year.
- For the health of our congregations.
Prayers of Joy and Thanksgiving:
- For those who have invested in continuing to become a thriving and formative conference.
- For those who have had the mud washed from their eyes in order to see.
This Week in History:
March 15, 1965 (58 years ago): President Lyndon B. Johnson addresses a joint session of Congress to urge the passage of legislation guaranteeing voting rights for all, regardless of race or color. [History]
“Study the past if you would define the future.”