Rev. Dawn M. Adams is the minister of the First Congregational Church of Brimfield (MA), UCC. If you would like to know more about the church or her, she invites you to visit BrimfieldUCC.org or follow her on Instagram @pastordawnadams or @BrimUCC.
Scripture: Isaiah 50:4-9 (NRSV)
The Servant’s Humiliation and Vindication
The Lord God has given me
the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
wakens my ear
to listen as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backwards.
I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.
The Lord God helps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
It is the Lord God who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
All of them will wear out like a garment;
the moth will eat them up.
Reflection: Awaken My Ears, O Lord
Almighty and Holy God,
Creator of all that is, was, and ever shall be,
Open my ears that I may hear your word.
As I hear it, do not let it slip out unheeded.
Instead, let your word settle on my heart.
Let it find a home there.
As it becomes a part of me and etches itself within me, may I become supple enough to receive what it seeks to say.
Through your sacred story, may I be changed and live in a way pleasing to you and in the best interests of my siblings and the world.
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 ~9,400 gun violence deaths that happened in the US since the start of the new year.
- For the friends and family of The Rev. Lois Stetson Buchiane who passed away March 12, 2023. She served in North Orange and Tully, MA, supervised theological students from Andover Newton, was active in Conference associations, and served on the Board of the historic Massachusetts Conference UCC.
- For the massive rise in anti-LGBTQ legislation.
Prayers of Joy and Thanksgiving:
- For grants funding innovative ministry initiatives.
- For new and seasoned leaders of our outdoor ministries.
- For acts of kindness.
This Week in History:
March 26, 1953 (70 years ago): Dr. Jonas Salk announces vaccine for polio, a disease that attacks the nervous system and can cause varying degrees of paralysis. [History]
“Study the past if you would define the future.”
Dawn Adams is a member of the Immigration, Refugee and Asylum Task Team, and pastor of First Congregational Church of Brimfield, UCC (MA).