Dear First Pres,

 You probably already know this, but today is Day 4 of our citywide 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting. For the last three or four years, we have participated with several other churches around our city in this beginning-of-the-year tradition. If Lent is a season of prayer and fasting for self-reflection and personal renewal in Christ, the 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting is focused more on corporate unity and renewal. Our theme this year is "Make Us One." It comes from the prayer of Jesus in John 17 where He prays for all believers to be one, just like Jesus and the Father are one. Imagine what good could come for God's Kingdom in our city as God unites His people in the ministry of the Gospel.

   So, if you haven't already, I encourage you to find some way to participate in these 21 Days. The staff has put together a short daily devotional that is being sent out every morning. It's based on Jesus' prayer in John 17 to help us remember our theme. If you're not getting that, please contact our office to be added to the list. I encourage you to use that as part of your devotional life and pray with us for Christian unity in the mission of God for our city. Also, every night of the 21 Days there is a local church hosting a one-hour prayer and worship event (7 pm on weeknights; 5 pm on weekends). I've been so blessed to be part of these services; I truly encourage you to go to as many as you possibly can. And, I encourage you to find some way to observe the fast.
   Finally, I really encourage you to come to the service that we are hosting on Saturday night, January 12, at 5 pm.  It will be a wonderful time of singing and praying attended by many from several other churches. The service we hosted last year was a true highlight for all of us.
   As we join in these 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, I believe the Lord will use it to encourage your faith and build His Church. May it be so.  


P.S. This Sunday there are three new options during the Adult Ed Hour (details are below). If you haven't made a habit of attending an Education Hour class, this Sunday would be a good time to start!