Offertory Prayer

Invitation to the Offering
The offering you made last week empowered ministry within our congregation and in response to the needs of our community. It also helped support the work of ministries beyond the local church that reach people who are in desperate need to feel the touch of love and reconciliation. Through the Episcopal Fund, your church not only supports the Bishop who serves your conference, but the global work of our United Methodist episcopal leaders. Your giving makes possible their witness for the whole church in many areas including evangelism, justice ministries, global health and working with the world’s poor. This ministry happens thanks to the generous support of United Methodists like you. I invite you once again to give generously as we worship God through the sharing of our gifts, tithes and offerings.

Learn more about the work of the Council of Bishops of the UMC at: http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/council-of-bishops

August 3, 2014 -- Eighth Sunday after Pentecost/in Kingdomtide

God of abundant grace and compassion, you heap blessings on us with the reminder that we have been blessed to be a blessing. As we offer our tithes and offering this morning, we remember that we live in a world where so many don’t have enough to eat or clean water to drink. The words that Jesus spoke to the disciples ring loud in our ears: “You give them something to eat!” As we put these gifts in your hands and lift our eyes in gratitude, bless the gifts and multiply them to ease the need in places we may never go for people we may never meet. We ask this in the holy name of Jesus, the Christ. Amen. (Matthew 14:13-21)

"Prayers by Ken Sloan. Copyright General Board of Discipleship. www.GBOD.org Used by permission."

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Another Story about Healing

The February 3 edition of the New York Times reports about a company that prospers by saving poor people's lives, Vestergaard-Frandsen.
Its products are in use in refugee camps and disaster areas all over the third world: PermaNet, a mosquito net impregnated with insecticide; ZeroFly, a tent tarp that kills flies; and the LifeStraw, a filter worn around the neck that makes filthy water safe to drink.

3 comments:

A. Boyd C. said...

The NYT article doesn't do justice to how cool the life straw really is. The military had a version of this for a long time, but this company redesigned the life straw to use much less expensive materials.

Una Malachica said...

I had never even heard of the life straw before I read this article. Have you seen one, used one?

A. Boyd C. said...

there was an article about it in popular science a few years ago.

Basically it's a light-weight ceramic filter built into a straw. It's similar to the filters you see some people have attached to their kitchen sink.

What these guys did that was remarkable was they figured out how to make the technology affordable enough to use in really poor countries.

If you had to you could drink out of the sewer with one of these things and not get sick.