March 9, 2017

Dear First Pres,
   How is Lent going for you? On Sunday I tried to reinforce the expectation that as disciples of Jesus we are called to continually "work out our salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who works in us to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose" (Philippians 2:12-13). I encourage you to be intentional about that during this Lenten season.

   One of the ways that we can do that together is by using the Seek God for the City prayer guide. If you haven't picked one up yet, I encourage you to get one in the Sanctuary Entry. Or you can buy the app for your device (just search for Seek God for the City in your app store).  

   Today's prayer is a prayer for unity. One sentence of the prayer says, "We ask today for a greater unity among Your people that grows from sharing a common love for You." I resonate with that prayer; do you? One of the primary ways I've been praying for our church since I arrived in 2012 is that God would unite us in our love for Christ and His mission. Of course, this prayer is for the Church (not just our church), but unity in the Body needs to be reflected in our unity as well.  

   I encourage all of us to join in this prayer today for the Church and our church. Let me also ask you to think about some questions today. If you're interested, you are welcome to send me an email with your thoughts.  

What do you think it looks like to be a church that has unity in our common love for Christ?
What are the things that get in the way of that unity in a local church?
What's your perspective on our church's unity?
What responsibility do you have in helping to build that unity among us?

   May the Lord unite us in Christ and His mission ... not for our own glory, but for His. Oh God, we seek You to unite Your people.

Blessings,

Jeremy