Spiritual Sensitivity and Stamina to Testify

As I write this morning, a hurricane has made landfall in Texas and Louisiana. Protests continue around the country, most recently in Kenosha in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake. The pandemic continues to weigh heavy around the world.

I've written before about my tendency to feel overwhelmed by all that is happening in the world. Maybe you know that feeling. A consequence of the barrage of heartbreaking news is that I can easily miss the less spectacular things happening all around me.

Did you know that every Saturday this summer, volunteers with New Community Outreach (NCO) are giving away produce from the community garden, supplemented by fresh fruits and veggies from Danielle's farm as well as dry goods from a local organization? Last week almost 40 families were served!

Did you know that the Chicago Bulls funded the capstone project organized by the KEY students who participated in the NCO Summer Program? Last week, after purchasing and packing supplies, the students hand delivered packages to men who are experiencing homelessness at Mathew's House here in Bronzeville.

Did you know that on Saturday a whole bunch of volunteers will serve at the (socially distanced) back-to-school fair at Jackie Robinson Elementary. Our leaders have been working for months to ensure that our neighbors can participate in a fun and safe event as our children prepare for a year of online learning.

Of course none of these things take away from the painful and weighty circumstances that we are all rightly feeling. The invitation, though, is to make space for these smaller and closer things. Can we make space in our hearts for the ways the Spirit is moving among us? Can we open our eyes just a little wider for a glimpse of answered prayers and spiritual fruit?

This is what the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit allows us to do. We can tell the truth about the sin and spiritual forces of evil which ravage our world. We can confess our personal sinfulness and complicity with idolatry and injustice. And we can testify to the in-breaking kingdom of God. We have the spiritual sensitivity to see through our society's spotlights and the spiritual stamina to outlast our society's short attention span to testify to our Lord's activity all around us.

Can I ask you to do something very specific? In this season of social distance, would you choose to testify to how you see the Spirit moving? Text someone. Send an email. Share during our all church Bible study. Don't keep your testimonies to yourself. We need to hear from one another about the power of our God in these difficult days.

- Pastor David

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Give Thanks to God!

Some of the members of our worship team, under the direction of Markeyta Sconiers, recently recorded one of our favorite worship songs. It's beautiful! Watch it here.

Community Prayer Requests

  1. Pray for the protection of voting infastructure in the lead-up to the election this fall.
  2. Pray for CPS children, families and teachers preparing for remote learning. Pray for safety especially for kids whose homes are not always safe. Pray for patience, creativity and understanding. Pray for CPS to address the well being and learning of all children.
  3. Pray for Bethany, Anthony, and Braya as they navigate breast cancer and pregnancy. For updates and caring for them with meals, here are the links you need. Visit Caring Bridge for updates and Meal Train to provide a meal.

Join our weekday, 8:00 AM 15 minute devotions and prayer call.

Serving Matthew's House & Kennicott

We are partnering with Matthew's House to provide needed supplies as they care for those experiencing homelessness: paper cups; paper plates; paper towels; plastic silverware; napkins; toilet paper; any kind of sanitizer; bar soap. You can either drop items off 7am-4pm Monday-Friday and 7am-2pm on Saturday or have them delivered: 3722-28 South Indiana Ave; Chicago, IL 60653.

Our friends at Kennicott (4434 S. Lake Park) are unable to use their water fountains and are in need of bottled water for their summer programs. Email Amy if you drop some off so we can keep track of the supply. You can drop water off from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Be sure to wear a mask.

Calendar & Opportunities

Upcoming Events
A Service of Lament and Hope | Thursday, August 27; 8-9:30PM
This summer our All Church Bible Study has been focused on the book of Lamentations. As we reflect on how our forefathers and foremothers of faith lamented and put their hope in God, join us for a time of lamenting the losses of this year and trusting the timeless hope of our God. We will meet on Zoom.

Journey Movie Night | Friday, August 28; 7:00 PM
All 6th-8th graders welcome! Email Pete for the details.

Congregational Business Meeting | Sunday, August 30; 12:15 PM
Everyone is invited - and members are expected - to log-on for a quick meeting. We'll welcome new members, hear some ministry updates, and vote on a couple of changes to the budget.

Sending Service | Wednesday, September 2; 7:30 PM
We are unable to meet together to pray for folks who are moving (or have moved) Instead, please mark your calendar as we join together virtually to hear from and pray for them!

Prayer Around the Schools | Saturday, September 5; 9:00 AM
Meet in front of Kennicott Park (4434 S. Lake Park) for an hour (socially distanced) prayer walk around three local schools.

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