IT SOUNDS TRITE but it is true: If you want to move from handout to ministry, if you eschew the world of “drive by charity,” if you are ready to stop “playing church” and want to “be the church,” then pray about it. If you belong to a local congregation that wants to make a difference, and you wonder what God has in store for your future, then pray about it. Pray for God to direct your congregation to ministry with, not to, the poor and marginalized. Pray for God to open your eyes and the eyes of your congregation to see those who experience marginalization among you.
Not Just a One-Night Stand
“From page 63 of Not Just a One-Night Stand: Ministry with the Homeless by John Flowers and Karen Vannoy. Copyright © 2009 Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Discipleship Resources.
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When do you encounter folks who are marginalized? Share your thoughts.
Accept my offerings of praise, O LORD, and teach me your ordinances.
Psalm 119:108, NRSV
This Week: pray for unity within communities. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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This week we remember: Kateri Tekakwitha (July 14).
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