On a Pastoral Note: In the Hands of God

Sunset Prayer

You can see that our church has taken up leadership of a community-based prayer service to lift up to God’s mercy in Christ the victims of ISIS, and to pray God’s intervention against this monstrous evil.

Christ calls us to witness for the right in the face of the wrong, and God provides prayer as a way Christians from many churches can join in total unity before the Lord.

I pray that prayer is growing in your daily life—both to begin and to end each of your days in the hands of God!

~Pastor Paul Watermulder

Ecumenical Prayer Service for the Iraq Crisis


Wednesday, October 15 | 7:00 p.m.
The Sanctuary | First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame

Join us, along with other churches on the Peninsula, as we pray for the families who mourn, are persecuted, and are fleeing their homes as a result of the oppression by ISIS.

Our Prayerful Response to the Iraq Crisis

Sunset Prayer

Our Session has approved a threefold strategy to respond to the Iraq crisis as ISIS continues to persecute and brutally slaughter Christians and minority groups:

  • An ecumenical prayer service on the evening of Wednesday, October 15 in our sanctuary.
  • An intentional prayer time on Wednesdays from 12:00–12:30 p.m. when we pray in silence for the families who mourn, are persecuted, and are fleeing their homes as a result of the tyranny of ISIS. This will not take place at any particular location, only from the convenience of your own home/office space, etc. For this week, as you pray, reflect on the passage from Matthew 5 (the Sermon on the Mount): “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
  • An opportunity to give financially to an organization that offers humanitarian relief to Iraq refugees (see flyer in your bulletin on Sunday morning).

On a Pastoral Note: Neither Death Nor Life…

The World

Evil seems to lurk throughout our world in ways not seen perhaps for decades.

ISIS, Ebola, Syria, and Iraq eclipse the woes of the NFL, Ukraine, and tensions with China. This world of evil reminds us of the world into which God sent Jesus even as the king killed all babies under two, in which innocent Jesus was sentenced to death, in which religion was often only formal ritual without personal sacrifice or selflessness. 

Remember how the Apostle writes, “I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

~Pastor Paul Watermulder

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