The Rev. Shannan Hudgins delights in a good poem, pre-dawn walks, and nature’s bounty. She serves as a Chaplain at Baystate Hospice, West Springfield, Massachusetts.
Scripture: Psalm 145:8-14 (NIV)
8 The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord;
your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
Reflection: All Creatures Small and Fragile
O God of glory and splendor, help us see the treasures of your kingdom in all the creatures in and around our lives. May we offer compassion and sanctuary wherever we are with all that you have given us. Thank you for surprise blessings, and especially the joys of your creation. 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, as well as the many landscapes that are currently embroiled in conflicts
- For those grieving or suffering due to the ~21,300 gun violence deaths that happened in the US since the start of the year
- For the folks who attended a Pride celebration at Enfield’s Congregational United Church of Christ when two men disrupted the ceremony with hate speech, and for all those who suffer from online hate and trolling
- For the 99 SNEUCC Delegates currently attending the 34th General Synod, as they share their experiences
Prayers of Joy and Thanksgiving:
This Week in History:
July 4, 1776 (247 years ago): In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain and its king. [History]
“Study the past if you would define the future.”
The Rev. Shannan Hudgins serves as a Chaplain at Baystate Hospice, West Springfield, Massachusetts.