Dear Church Family,
I want to ask you to enter into a weekend of prayer with me. How we respond to our community and to each other over these next few weeks is a critical. Will you take a deep breath, clear your mind, let go of your stress, anxiety, anger, and grief for just a few minutes and read slowly through the words in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
We speak often in this church about finding the middle way through the extremes. We speak of the call to be kingdom people over and above everything else we might be and the perspectives we hold.
This middle ground through the extremes is the place where we mourn with those who mourn. It is the space to embrace our African-American brothers and sisters and to stand with them in this time of anger, grief, fear, and fatigue. The death of George Floyd has opened deep and long standing wounds, and we are invited to listen, affirm, and mourn with the African-American community. This weekend we will pray very specific prayers of humility, confession, repentance, and reconciliation. We will mourn with those who mourn, and I am asking you to join me.
This middle ground through the extremes also allows us to pray for order to be restored. It allows us to pray for the leaders of our community, city, state, and country. The middle ground calls us to pray for our first responders who serve with dignity, honor, and a commitment to justice and mercy.
Most importantly, this middle ground recognizes that true restoration comes only through the power of God. So it is through our prayers that we invite the Holy Spirit to move in power and healing in a direction towards change. We pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven, and that He will lead us as individuals and as a community to the loving actions that bring His kingdom to this place of great need.
Now is our time to pray and pray and pray… to really pray. Will you join me? Right now? All weekend? Here are a few ways to participate as a community of faith:
- Sunday Morning Prayer and Communion: As part of this Sunday’s service, June 7, we will share a special prayer time and communion-at-home. You are invited to gather your communion elements, and join us on Facebook Live at 10 a.m.
- Sunday Evening Sunset Prayer Vigil: This Sunday evening, June 7, we are holding a Sunset Prayer Vigil from 6 - 7 p.m. in the parking lot of our Pasadena-Bresee campus, at 1480 E. Washington Boulevard, Pasadena (get directions).
You can join this Vigil in person, from your car parked near the parking lot, or via Facebook Live at 6 p.m. The details of the Vigil are available here. If you plan to attend in person, please wear a mask and comfortable shoes. Please respect the guidelines of social distancing, and note that there will be no restrooms on-site. If you are sick or considered vulnerable to Covid-19, please stay home and join us on Facebook Live.
Once again, I am asking you to come together as we humble ourselves, seek His face, turn from our wicked ways, and call upon God to heal our land. Thank you for being the Church.