This Week’s Reflection
“Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said, ‘Rabbi, teach us to pray…’ ” ~Luke 11:1
My parents, grandparents and Sunday school teachers taught me to pray. I continue to cherish the gifts of prayer given to me by these beloved early influencers. Most of them are now my ancestors. And their influence continues as part of the Great Cloud of faith.
Those early prayer influencers had no way of knowing that the prayers they were teaching would face the troubles of these times. While they knew the uncertainty of the Great Depression, the conflict of world wars and the inhumanity of holocaust and other suffering, they could not have imagined a year like 2022 when as of July 20 there have been 417 mass shootings in the United States. The shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, Highland Park and Greenwood Park Mall have made international headlines. Sadly, others have received scant notice.
How do we pray at the intersection of pandemics, war, climate emergency, economic threat, gun violence, toxic partisan divide and other troubles? Our scripture for Sunday from Luke 11:1-13 offers lasting direction. Like many of us, the first disciples of Jesus grew up with great teachers of prayer. The influence of the Jewish tradition included specific prayer rituals rooted in the Psalms and other sacred teachings. Yet they looked to Jesus and saw something in him that led them to ask: “Teach us to pray.” Jesus taught them. At MCCDC at the culmination of Holy Communion, we continue to pray the ancient prayer that Jesus teaches. This prayer has staying power, including for times like ours.
There is much to explore in Sunday’s scripture. Can we really expect God to answer prayer? What does it mean to ask, seek and knock? Is there a right way to pray? Does God judge our prayers? Can God be moved by prayer? This scripture opens conversations on these and other questions, and there are few conclusions. Like most scripture, we get an ellipsis rather than a period. Yet, beyond debates about the effectiveness of prayer, there is a promise from Jesus about prayer that offers us what we need, no matter what we may be going through. It is not a quick fix or a feel good promise, yet a promise for sure.
We’ll share the promise this Sunday at Borderfree Worship in the sanctuary and online at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Eastern, and later on demand. See you Sunday. With sacred pride, we gather as a people of expectation!
Grace and peace,
Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
MCCDC Senior Pastor
Thank You for your Generosity
Generosity Prayer #24
by Clara Carter, MCCDC Prayer Supporter
“God, what is it You want to do through us?” —MCCDC—
Dear God, we have so much to be thankful for that the list of gratitude would be endless. Praise your majesty and glory, for you created everything in heaven and earth. Today we ask, “God, what is it that You want to do through us?” We are grateful for your Spiritual guidance in stewardship that enables us to share abundantly with Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC, our financial gifts, talents, time, and treasures.
Thank You for the desire to be all that we can be according to Your purpose, and for helping us to do great things with love and wisdom in serving others. Thank you, God, for an expanding inclusive Christian community within churches throughout the world. We praise You in Your many names, Amen!
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
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Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:
• Rev. Dr. Robin Hawley Gorsline • Tim Helm •Cecilia Hayden-Smith and Esther Smith’s health
• Denise Wright, her mother Lucy Mae Coombs and her aunt Lottie Mae King.
• Tim Helm • Cecilia Hayden-Smith and Esther Smith’s health • Rev. Dennis Johnson •Delores Fowler
• Bob Jones & son Chuck & wife Karen • Jerry Giem, nephew & son • Veronica Franklin
• Valeria Myers’ children Chantelle & Donald • Glenn Conway ? Michelle Lax • Anthony Goode
• George Kerr, III • Rose Williams • Randy Punley • Lynn Sulyma
• Marcus Garnett • Renee Valentine’s brother • Arden Shutt • Buck Carlson • Evelyn Jones • Steve Sloane
• Jeffrey Luckenbach • Cathy Batson’s niece Lisa • Cynthia Melman • Kim Battle •Joshua Benkins’ father Isaac ?
• Elaine Durden-Hunter’s mother Earline •Angela Terrell •Mike Washington •Angela Dodd for healing
• Cameron & Sabrina Beauford need prayer for the health of their unborn baby
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