A Prayer for San Antonio Parents and Teachers in a Time of Fear

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One of the obvious things I do as a pastor is pray. I often feel that my prayers are insufficient or incomplete, but I feel called to continue to do it. I lift up, every day, the needs of my congregation and the concerns they lay before me. It is an honor and a privilege.

This week I’ve been praying for the parents in my congregation who have children in school. Though we always pray for our children, these parents have been especially troubled this week as threats have been made against their children’s safety. What are these threats? Are they a hoax? In this context what does a “hoax” even mean? Any threat against our children is to be taken seriously. Very seriously. And so, I do what I always do, I pray.

I wanted to put a prayer on this blog for parents to share with one another tonight and tomorrow, an encouragement to stand together and come to God with our hopes and fears and solidarity.  Fear is powerful, and when we are afraid we can always come to God in prayer. Let us all come together and light candles together, and pray.

A Prayer for Parents and Teachers in a Time of Fear 

Gracious and Loving God,

We come before you with anxious and worried hearts, asking for you to hear our prayers on behalf of the children you created. When our children are threatened, our hearts are heavy and emotions run deep. We are anxious, sad, scared, tired, overwhelmed.

Draw near to parents, we pray, whether they decide to keep their children home or send them to school, help them to have peace of mind that the decisions they make are best for their family. May we support and love one another, knowing that Your Spirit leads each of us in different ways.

Draw near to teachers, we pray, give them strength and courage as they do their already difficult jobs on an even more difficult day. May they feel our support, our compassion and our love.

Draw near to our children, we pray, and give them a palpable sense of security not just today and tomorrow, but each and every day. May they know that they are loved, protected, and safe. May they know that the adults in their lives will stop at nothing to ensure their safety and security.

We trust in you, O God, and ask you to draw near to us when we feel worried and afraid. Give us strength and courage, and a knowledge of your presence. In Christ’s Name we pray, Amen.

LOCAL: Northwood Players Presents HARVEY Dinner Theater


Dinner and a show for $20 per person? It’s true! Northwood Presbyterian Church is putting on Harvey. Written by Mary Chase, this show is a period piece set in the 1940’s about a woman who wants nothing more than to live a normal life,  one not complicated by a brother whose friend is a 6 ft. tall RABBIT!

Performances are set for July 18-20, and 25-27 at 7:00 PM. It is being presented as a dinner theatre production with the meal being served at 6:00 PM. Sunday July 21, will be a matinee at 2:00 PM and desert will be served during intermission. Tickets for the evening performances will be $20, $15 for the matinee.

July 20 and 26 shows feature a childcare option for $10 per child. Children will have their own child’s meal and be cared for by professional background-checked childcare workers. The childcare option must be reserved in advance.

The cast features regulars to the Northwood audience as well as considerable talent from around San Antonio, and is directed by Nicki Roberson.


Myrtle Mae Simmons Anna Meyer

Veta Louise Simmons Kelli Grant

Elwood P. Dowd Gary Sartor

Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet Ida Steele

Ruth Kelly, R.N. Tracy Irizarry

Duane Wilson John Brand

Lyman Sanderson, M.D. Drew Meyer

William R. Chumley, M.D. Luke Schulte

Betty Chumley Joanne Cabrera

Judge Omar Gaffney Tim Lee

E. J. Lofgren Randolph Blakeman

Location: Northwood Presbyterian Church 518 Pike Place, San Antonio, TX 78209
Times: July 18 – 21; July 25-27, Dinner & Show; Matinee July 21 at 2:00 PM

For More Information, call Marilyn at (210) 404-9467

LOCAL: San Antonio – July 4th Fabulous Family Fun Festival!

Friends, since this blog is relatively new, it’s stil “shaping up” in terms of its content. So far I’ve had a variety of different posts. One of the things I anticipate using this blog for is to get the news out to some local networks about projects/activities that may be of interest to people who live here in San Antonio. I know a fair number of readers are not local, so I’m going to put “LOCAL” in the post title so y’all can feel free to skip those local things!

I’m thrilled that my first local post is about the Fabulous Family Fun Festival on July 4th happening here at Northwood Presbyterian Church. This festival is Northwood’s opportunity to join in on the local neighborhood parade that is already happening. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Food (of course!): Totally Shredded food truck will be here along with the Saweet Cupcake Truck, and Lone Star Hot Dogs. Let’s support these vendors!
  • Artisan Market: Crafters like Sew Embellished will be selling artisan goods
  • Fair Trade Market: Northwood Presbyterian Church is hosting an alternative gift market with a TON of amazing fair trade goods for purchase. These goods are from Serrv, Rahab’s Rope, and Colores del Pueblo . Check out some of the pictures of the Serrv goods HERE. Credit and Debit cards are accepted at the Fair Trade market!
  • Games for Children: We’re going to have a mini-ball pit for toddlers, a bouncy house, a duck pond, fishing game, bean bag toss and more. These games have prizes! (Games and bounce house are FREE!)
  • Music
  • VBS Registration

The Festival funs from 9 am – 1 pm (but Saweet Cupcakes will be here at 8 for all you early morning helpers… early sugar rush!)

Plan to be there, and to bring friends and neighbors. Please share this post! All are invited!

Contact Traci Smith with questions, or to volunteer.