Daring to Hope “The Hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight” –O Little Town of Bethlehem Hope and fear—both common experiences during the holidays. –A Child hopes for a particular treasure, but fears disappointment on Christmas morn –Adults have hopes for their family celebrations and fears for what can possibly […]
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Ok, so while I was doing four months in the US over the Summer, I got to spend time with people from earlier parts of my life—high school folks from my home city of Omaha, and college friends during a big reunion. And I’ll be honest that I do kinda dig the fact that my […]
Elmarie and I were deeply nourished by our time with the Lancaster and Acton Presbyterian Churches in CA last night. As partners since we began four years ago, they told us about their regular practice of printing photos of our Middle East friends from Findaworld.org, then distributing them in worship for people to take home […]
Last night I got a great surprise from the Presbyterian Women of First PC Cheyenne and Wyoming Presbytery: a table full of hand-made finger puppets! This special gift means so much to me as I anticipate returning to Beirut in October to resume MECC’s “Strong Kids, Strong Emotions” program for Iraqi and Syrian refugee children. […]
The gift of doing four months of speaking gigs is the beautiful people we meet along the way. Here in Tucson, we were greeted at the airport by Peggy, this 85-year-old former missionary to Zambia. This woman has lived an amazing life of service and ministry, and still is able to say “Please pray that […]
Ok, so a week ago we were flying out of Pittsburgh–we’ve met with several churches in New Mexico and Texas, and now today were with Trinity Presbyterian in Tucson–a church that has a great history of social action. After a great lunch catered by a local Lebanese restaurant (mmmm, Kabob), Elmarie and I got […]
A few weeks ago, when Elmarie and I were visiting the good folks at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wooster, Ohio, we noticed this sign: The congregation distributed them throughout the community, and put them in their yards And in front of their churches A Simple Message: “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re […]
After preaching at Trinity PC in Denton, TX today, a wonderful man came up and handed me this sketch he made during my message. I loved that he connected with those key words. This is a special congregation, that committed to support Elmarie and my work in the Middle East even before they first met […]
Hey, everybody! We’re getting started on our four-month tour of the US, and here is our speaking schedule up through Labor Day (our dates through October will follow…) We would love to see you! Revs. Scott and Elmarie Parker, PC(USA) Associates for Ecumenical Partnerships serving in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon will be traveling and speaking […]
Last week, Elmarie and I got to attend “Blessed for Love,” this year’s community concert event put on by Blessed School. Each year, the students and staff put countless hours of heart and sweat into this event that gives this community of people with special needs the opportunity to connect with the community in a […]