As you pray about the possibility of gathering a fresh spiritual community, I urge you to slow down and pay attention to what the Spirit is up to—within you, within your colleagues, and within your neighbors. God is not calling you to some trendy twist on a tired 1990s thing; instead, God says, “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isa. 43:19).
—Paul Nixon and Craig Gilbert, Launching a New Worship Community: A Practical Guide for the 2020s (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
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God the Father chose you because of what he knew beforehand. He chose you through the Holy Spirit’s work of making you holy and because of the faithful obedience and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
—1 Peter 1:2 (CEB)
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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