We, as church leaders, have come to a threshold place and moment. The Spirit is calling for something new that will manifest itself only when we have the courage to step across the threshold, into the unknown. Where is the Spirit calling us to go? Love demands that we lead in new ways. The capacities that we once relied upon as leaders will not be enough to guide us in this liminal time between what was and what is to come.
—Paul Nixon and Craig Gilbert, Launching a New Worship Community: A Practical Guide for the 2020s (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
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[God says,] “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
—Isaiah 43:19 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, help us to welcome new people into our faith communities. Guide us to people who are seeking you, and help us convey your love and acceptance as we develop authentic relationships with them. Amen.
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