January 12 eNote from Pastor Jeff

Last Sunday in worship we claimed the promise that prayer matters because even if it doesn’t change our circumstances, it can change us. As I closed the message, we shared sixty seconds for sitting with God in silence and stillness. I then offered the challenge that at least four times this week you sit for sixty seconds in silence with God. I hope that you have found the time to sit, to be still, to breathe deeply, and to connect with God. If you haven’t yet found the time to do so, I invite you to sit back from your computer (or put down your phone) and spend sixty seconds simply being still and breathing deeply right now.

Next Wednesday we launch a midweek worship opportunity to provide quiet and safe space for silence and reflection. Midweek Meditation is a 30 minute time of silence, reflection, prayer, and communion. The hope is that this time will provide people an opportunity to pause, reconnect, and recharge in the middle of the week. January 17th, 24th, and 31st Midweek Meditation will be held in the Sanctuary at 12:15 p.m. On February 7th it will move to the Chapel. If you are able to be downtown midday on a Wednesday, I invite you to come and take advantage of this time. I also encourage you to share the opportunity with co-workers and friends who you know downtown.

Over this last week, contractors have begun work in the Sanctuary and Chapel preparing for the technological worship enhancements that will begin to be installed on January 22nd. Technicians have also been at work in the Sanctuary on the Organ. It is an exciting time to be thinking about the final implementation of these enhancements that are the result of your generosity last February on Miracle Sunday. I am excited about the ways in which all of our worship experiences will be able to even further help share the good news of Christ with those who are not yet connected to Christ’s love for them.

As a reminder, the office is closed next Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. We will be open again on Tuesday morning for the remainder of the week.

I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday as we continue our series on prayer. This week’s message titled “How Do I Pray?” will contain helpful information regarding taking next steps in your relationship with God. Everyone in worship will also receive a helpful tool for cultivating a deeper prayer life. I trust you won’t want to miss this message and encourage you to consider inviting others as well.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you Sunday for worship if not before!