Rev. Dr. Susan J. Foster is the pastor of the East Woodstock Congregational Church and author of Retreats to Go: Twelve Creative Programs that Renew and Refresh.
Scripture: Psalm 23 (Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness by Nan Merrill)
O Beloved, You are my shepherd, I shall not want; you bring me to green pastures for rest and lead me beside still waters renewing my spirits.
You restore my soul. You lead me in the path of goodness to follow Love’s way.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow and of death, I am not afraid;
For you are ever with me; your rod and your staff, they guide me, they give me strength and comfort.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of all my fears; you bless me with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. And I shall dwell in the heart of the Beloved forever. Amen.
Reflection: A Tour Guide for Life
Heavenly Guide, be with us on our journey. Open our hearts to place our trust in you and remind us to lend one another a helping hand along the way. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayers of Intercession:
- For the people of Ukraine whose lives continue to be shattered by war.
- For those grieving or suffering due to the ~12,000 gun violence deaths that happened in the US since the start of the new year, especially for the pain of gun violence against children.
- For equity in public schools.
Prayers of Joy and Thanksgiving:
- For upcoming Pride events.
- For labyrinth walks.
- For children's messages in worship.
This Week in History:
April 22, 1970 (53 years ago): Earth Day, an event to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems, is celebrated in the United States for the first time. [History]
“Study the past if you would define the future.”