Rev. Dr. Robert R. LaRochelle is an ordained UCC clergyperson. He has served congregations in both the UCC and the ELCA, including the Congregational Church of Union, Second Congregational Church in Manchester, Christ the King Lutheran in Windsor and most recently Grace Lutheran Church in Plainville. He also worked for 43 years in the field of education. He served as a counselor in the South Windsor public schools for 30 years and retired in 2019. He has written several books including his newly published Is Anybody There? Does Anybody Care?, recently released by Energion Publications. He is currently active doing supply preaching.
Scripture: Matthew 15:21-28 (NRSV)
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.’ He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’ He answered, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ She said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed instantly.
Reflection: When Jesus Changed His Mind
Let us pray: Loving God, as we seek to follow Jesus, help us move ever more closely to the heart and soul of faith. May we be inspired by Jesus and open to breaking down the barriers between people wherever they exist. May we learn by His example and live out that example as we struggle through the complexities of everyday living. This do we pray in Jesus' name. 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 ~26,400 gun violence deaths that happened in the US since the start of the year.
- For those suffering from the extreme weather conditions.
Prayers of Joy and Thanksgiving:
- For the many ministries of the Conference, both at the local church and Conference settings.
- For people who have 'come alive'.
- For innovative and experienced staff dedicated to faith formation and youth ministry.
This Week in History:
August 18, 1920 (103 years ago): The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote, and "enfranchising all American women and declaring for the first time that they, like men, deserve all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship." [History]
“Study the past if you would define the future.”
Rev. Dr. Robert R. LaRochelle is an ordained UCC clergyperson who has served churches in Union and Manchester, Connecticut, as well as ELCA churches in Windsor, Wethersfield, and Plainville, Connecticut. He also worked as a teacher and counselor in ...