The Rev. Nina Barlow Schmid has been the minister at First Congregational Church of South Windsor since 2016. She helped to found the South Windsor Refugee Alliance in 2021. Bird-watching, reading, cycling, walking, traveling and spending time with her 8 month-old-grandson, Wesley, bring her sabbath joy.
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-9 (NRSV)
Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’ So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved on to the hill country on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and invoked the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed on by stages towards the Negeb.
Reflection: Next Stop: Revelation
Dear Lord, Help us to keep journeying on by stages toward the Negev – and to you, by whatever means it takes – including a tour bus. May it be so. 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, as well as the many landscapes that are currently embroiled in conflicts
- For those grieving or suffering due to the ~17,900 gun violence deaths that happened in the US since the start of the year
- For trans and non-binary people who are under attack nationwide
Prayers of Joy and Thanksgiving:
This Week in History:
June 5, 1968 (55 years ago): Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy was shot after announcing his win of the California presidential primary and died early the next morning. [History]
“Study the past if you would define the future.”
Nina Schmid, minister at First Congregational Church of South Windsor, was ordained at Fishers Island Union Chapel, Fishers Island, NY on October 23, 2016 and is a 2015 Eden Theological Seminary graduate -- as well as a proud grandmother.