October 28, 2019
Prayer for the Week: Sticks and stones will often break bones, but the names and insults and demeaning remarks hurled our way can leave a lasting mark upon our souls. In a world where so many seek to build themselves up by tearing down others, we come together in a community of love to encounter your love that wants nothing less than for all of us to own our unique and treasured status as your children. Use this church as a Training Center for all those who seek to live the Jesus-life; use our gifts to reveal the mission of the Love First Life; use all of who we are to make real your redemptive care that aims to heal every aspect of creation. Magnificent and Merciful Creator, you continue to find ways of rebuilding and mending the brokenness within your creation. You want us to do more than read the words of Genesis that claim us as, “Very good!” You want us to shout this news to every human being as we accept its transformative power in our own lives. It is from this strong position of belovedness that we are able to share your love, even giving ourselves away for the sake of others. This prayer is spoken for the sake of the one who fully gave himself to the mission of love, Jesus. Amen.