"Why I stay" - A Must Read Prayer

posted Jul 15, 2021, 6:29 AM by Tricia Sheffield   [ updated Jul 15, 2021, 6:30 AM ]

Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,

Blessings of Pentecost joy be with you!

As Jamie and I prepare to journey to Maryland for the General Synod of the United Church of Christ, I wanted to leave you with a prayer I found early in the week because it is that good. Every time I’ve read it, I felt my eyes swelling with tears at the deep honesty and soul-fullness contained within the words. It is a raw prayer, full of joy and also lament. Truly, it comes from the heart of one who has a most intimate and, shall I say, daring faith. It is called “Why I stay: A prayer” by Rev. Debie Thomas. May this prayer whisper to your soul today and throughout the remainder of the week, as it has whispered to mine.


Come to worship with your church family at 10:30 AM this Eighth Sunday after Pentecost in person or via YouTube — MRC: A Fabulous Church of Love. Our featured soloist is Sarah Hanvey, and she will be singing “Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is Calling” for our Anthem and “Near to the Heart of God” for our Offertory. Our preacher is Michael Steib and his sermon title is The Debt. For those worshiping in person, masks and social distancing are optional, but you are encouraged to wear a mask if you feel more comfortable doing so. 

I look forward to being back with you next Sunday. I would be grateful for your prayers as I go to Maryland to do the work of God’s Church.

In gratitude for the privilege of being your pastor and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish