Each week we've been sharing words of reflection and prayer offered at the EMC this summer through our email updates. Now we're sharing them all here for you to read!
From the Prayer Wall:
"I pray for those who live in fear and search for truth."
"I pray for more safe spaces where people feel valued, loved, and empowered!"
"I pray to continue to learn and teach and be open to the new, the different, and even the scary."
"I pray that I can help make an impact, even if it is only a tiny one."
"I pray for the oppressed and the oppressor."
Ms. Jackson at St. Simon the Cyrenian, seeing two missioners carrying a bookshelf:
"Women are so strong! So strong!"
Sophie, age 15:
"The people we've met have been so kind. It's a reminder to us that we're all human."
Laura, age 16, holding the t-shirts from Heeding God's Call memorial to those lost to gun violence:
"Wow, it's very sobering to hold these."
On learning about the history of the Church and the Civil Rights Movement:
"I was so moved by the beautiful murals at the Church of the Advocate that said so much while saying nothing at all."
From Missional Moments:
"Today at Face-to-Face, I got to make and witness so many new connections. This was quite literally the best day of my life. I didn't even have to leave the kitchen to feel a huge amount of love and care. Everyone really cares about this community; it was so genuine and warm."
"Today at our service site, one of the women who is a regular volunteer was kind of intense, but I could tell it was because she cares so much about the program and the people she was serving."
"I experience missional living when I watch our youth give so much of themselves to others."
"I experience missional living when I watch the goodness of the community right in front of my eyes."
Look out for more Missional Moments posts on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month!
Giving voice to the many ways we experience mission in the church
Check back every Thursday to hear more about what mission looks like at the Episcopal Mission Center and throughout the Episcopal Church.
EMC youth alumni, Adult leaders in the Episcopal Church, volunteer site partners
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Thank you for your radical hospitality!
Gwynedd Mercy University
Thank you for your hospitality in hosting students from Gwynedd Mercy and Alvernia University during their Alternative Break with the Interfaith Center. The facility was wonderful. We held several of our workshops there in your comfortable space. What an ideal setting! The students especially appreciated participating in your mass as getting a personal orientation from Rev Morris and such a warm welcome from your parishioners.
With much appreciation for all you do,
“Right now, my group is rating our experience as the best mission they've ever been a part of. The orientation and subsequent building of relationships with kids in the community broke down their racial and urban stereotypes. Most importantly, every one of them experienced a deepening of their faith in God, and tangible understanding of how that faith works itself out in mission and issues of social justice. We will definitely be coming back!”
— Rev. Jane Cornman, St. Mary’s Church, Wayne, PA