Thursday, January 8, 2015

Wednesday Night Prayer

With rare exceptions, we have a prayer group that meets every Wednesday evening at our church.

(The rare exceptions would be nights like Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, when the church is otherwise occupied, and that only happens every few years.)

Last night, the topic of race relations came up for prayer.  Our prayers were these:

That all of us would be united, not divided.
That those people who seem to be fostering division would come to see the harm they do, and stop.
That churches would be at the forefront of fostering peace, harmony, and unity.
That our country would not revert to being like times past, but would move forward into understanding.
That the upcoming movie Selma would start a good dialog that would help us see what we do not want to revert back into.

Eight churches in our area work together year round in several areas.  Some are traditionally African-American congregations, some traditionally white.  We are Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and Catholic.  As a group, we have an ecumenical Thanksgiving service each year, with the churches taking turns as hosts.  We have a pilgrimage at Christmas, where we move from church to church, singing carols and enjoying each other's choirs.

Most of all, we all work together to fund an outreach center for the homeless, and take turns assisting Pastor M. at the outdoor church ministry each week (our church does the first Sunday of every month).

Such sharing and working together is how it should be.  Our prayer is that it continues and expands.  That's just the way it should be.

Today is:

Bubble Bath Day -- remember how much fun it was as a kid?  enjoy that again today

Day Sacred to Justicia -- Ancient Roman Empire (personification of justice)

Emperor Norton Day -- E. Clampus Vitus Society puts on a party in San Francisco's Chinatown in honor of the passing on this day of Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico

Feast of Hathor and Sekhmet -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Feast of St. Gudula (Patron of single laywomen; Brussels, Belgium)

Grandmothers/Midwives Day -- Bulgaria (a/k/a Babin Den; celebrating Grandmothers as midwives of their grandchildren, for the role they play in the traditional family.)

Haloa -- Ancient Greek Calendar (fertility festival of Demeter and Dionysos called after the halos, or threshing floor; date approximate)
     Rural Dionysia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (the fertility festival of the countryside)

It All Adds Up Day -- anniversary of Hollerith's tabulating machine patent

Kim Jong-un's Birthday -- North Korea

Male Watcher's Day -- often listed as a day for the females to get even and do a little guy ogling, but no site gives any reason behind why this day was chosen

Midwife's Day / Women's Day -- Greece (women get out and go to a cafe or shopping, and the men must stay home and do the chores and care for the children, and in some areas, men caught shirking will be stripped and drenched in cold water; on the approximate date of an ancient Greek celebration of midwives)
     Gynaecocratia -- Macedonia

Milk Carton Day -- Sheffield Farms began packaging milk in parafin lined paper cartons on this day in 1929

National Eat Something Raw Day 

National English Toffee Day

National Joygerm Day -- a day to infect others with joy; begun by Joygerm Joan, whose motto is "The only thing Joygerms allow to get depressed are their tongues!"

Old Hickory Day -- Andrew "Old Hickory" Jackson leads the victory in the Battle of New Orleans

Rock 'n' Roll Day -- on Elvis' birth anniversary, of course

Show and Tell at Work Day -- another Wellcat Holiday to observe carefully if at all

St. Severinus' Day (Patron of Austria and of San Severo, Italy)

Toka Ebisu Matsuri -- Osaka, Japan (Festival of Ebisu, god of business and prosperity; through the 11th)

Ultimate Fishing Show -- Detroit, MI, US (through Sunday)

Winterskol -- Aspen, Colorado (Aspen's annual "toast to winter", through Sunday)

Birthdays Today:

Ami Dolenz, 1969
Vladimir Feltsman, 1952
Don Bendell, 1947
David Bowie, 1947
Robbie Krieger, 1946
Kathleen Noone, 1946
Stephen Hawking, 1942
Yvette Mimieux, 1939
Bob Eubanks, 1938
Shirley Bassey, 1937
Elvis Presley, 1935
Charles Osgood, 1933
Soupy Sales, 1926
Ron Moody, 1924
Larry Storch, 1923
Jose Ferrer, 1912
Galina Ulanova, 1910
Wilkie Collins, 1824
James Longstreet, 1821
Nicholas Biddle, 1786

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Symphony No. 15 in A major (Opus 141, Dmitri Shostakovich), 1972
"Almira"(Handel's first opera), 1705

Today in History:

Monaco gains its independence, 1297
Genoa, Italy expels Jews, 1598
The oldest surviving commerial newspaper begins in Haarlem, Netherlands, 1675
The New York Fishing Company is the first American commercial corporation chartered, 1675
Premiere performance of George Frideric Handel's Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1734
US President George Washington delivers the first "State of the Union" address, 1790
Victor, the Wild Boy of Aveyron, emerges voluntarily from the wild in southern France (he had been captured and escaped before), 1800
The Battle of New Orleans, 1815
The first US music school, the Boston Academy of Music, is established, 1833
The US national debt hits $0 for the first and only time, 1835
Alfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code), 1836
French physicist Jean Foucault proves, using his "Foucault's pendulum," that the Earth rotates on its axis, 1851
Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle with the US Cavalry at Wolf Mountain in Montana Territory, 1877
Dr. Herman Hollerith receives the first US patent for a tabulating machine, considered by some to be the earliest computer, 1889
The Blackstone Library is dedicated, marking the beginning of the Chicago Public Library system, 1904
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., 1963
Soviet space mission Luna 21 is launched, 1973
The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, 2004
Some scientists claim 2012 weather as the hottest year ever recorded, 2013


  1. oh gosh I love love love your prayer group.

  2. 'fostering division'. i hate that. it will never be a perfect society - not when humans are involved - but putting aside hatred is long overdue. and maybe the fear will subside with it.

  3. There are a lot out there that are trying their hardest to divide this country. I love your churches approach. May we heal and be as one. We are all one race...the human race.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  4. When we come in contact with those who would divide us, I can't help but wonder what their motives are.

  5. You seem to live in religious paradise, unlike much of the world. Hang on to that!!!

  6. life would certainly be less stressful if we all could just get along. Think of the lives saved and how wonderful our world
    would be ...

  7. So on Point!! Absolutely all churches must come together to make Peace an global possibility. We must first bridge all the gaps that lay between us, and then translate that out into the world. I will join in your prayer.


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