Reflecting With a Woodstork Among The Trees

Reflecting With a Woodstork Among The Trees


The Rev. Dr. Fran Bogle is an ordained minister in the UCC and member of Edwards Church, UCC in Framingham, MA. She is on the board of the Central Association in Massachusetts, coordinates the Just Peace Players liturgical drama troupe, and is a community chaplain and interfaith field education supervisor.

Scripture:  Isaiah 40:31 (NRSV)

but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
   they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
   they shall walk and not faint.

Reflection: Reflecting With a Woodstork Among The Trees

image by Fran Bogle

Lent began with pancakes and ashes.

Treats to remember what Jesus gave up.

Ashes to recall death and potential for new life.

Trees grow from soil enriched by death, compost of lives and leaves.

Life is born from seeds planted long ago…

Undiscovered until freed by fire or flood.

Hope flies anew as we dare to believe that all things are possible.

Come fly with me and Jesus.


Holy spirit, pour into our lives with hope, love and courage. Help us fly every day with you as we journey with Jesus toward Jerusalem. 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 Drew Page at

Prayers of Intercession:

  • For those grieving or suffering after a shooting at a brewery in Milwaukee left 6 dead
  • For the many refugees stranded in unwelcoming places as they seek safe places to live
  • For the many students studying abroad who are being sent home with incomplete semesters due to virus cautions

Prayers of Joy and Thanksgiving:

  • For the many Silver Lake deans who will gather this weekend to begin planning and training for the 2020 Silver Lake Summer Camp Season

Please Pray for the Following SNEUCC Churches:

First Congregational Church of Wareham, Wareham, MA
The United Church of Ware, Ware, MA
United Church in Walpole, Walpole, MA
Evangelical & Reformed UCC, Wallingford, CT
First Congregational Church, Wallingford, CT
The Union Church in Waban (Affiliated), Waban, MA
First Congregational Church of Vernon, Inc., Vernon, CT
First Evangelical Congregational Church, Uxbridge, MA
United Parish of Upton, Upton, MA
First Church of Christ, Unionville, CT
The Congregational Church of Union, CT. Inc., Union, CT
First Parish Church of Truro, Truro, MA

This Week in History:
March 7, 1965  (55 years ago) Law enforcement troopers and deputized county civilians attacked a peaceful civil rights march as they pass over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, attacking with billy clubs, tear gas, and charging horses. 67 protesters were injured in the attack. The event became known as Bloody Sunday. Images televised after the event sparked outrage and eventually moved many to support the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“Study the past if you would define the future.”

Fran A. Bogle

Rev. Dr. Fran Bogle is a founding member of the Just Peace Players.

March 02, 2020
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