For more than fifty years this community has loved and lived in the heart of Austin. God loves this city and calls us to join him in making all things new. With Ash Wednesday less than a week away, many people are thinking about Lenten disciplines, both personally and corporately. Some disciplines are acts of negation or disengagement from a behavior or activity. Others disciplines are acts of affirmation or engagement.
I want to invite you to join us as Christ Church embarks on a corporate discipline of engagement. We are stepping into greater acts of loving, serving, learning about and praying for our city. May God break our hearts for the lost and hurting of Austin, those who are captive or suffering; “may God’s kingdom come and will be done, in Austin as it is in heaven” . . . that’s our cry. Here’s how we’ll go about it during Lent:
1] Prayer for the City. We are inviting the entire parish to pick up a copy of the outstanding prayer guide “Seek God for the City.” This is produced specifically for Lent, and designed to lead us in intercession for different aspects of need in the city. Copies will be available for the next two Sundays. We will pray daily for the city.
2] Worship in the City. For five Sundays of Lent 1/5 of our congregation will worship at Church Under the Bridge. This community of homeless individuals and families, and some others who come regularly, worships under the Interstate 35 bridge at 7th street. We will be their guests, to join these brothers and sisters of our family in worship and be available to love and serve however needed.
3] The Gospel in the City. For those same five Sundays, our sermon series at Christ Church will look at New Testament cities, their strengths and strongholds, and the shape of gospel ministry in those cities, and ours.
4] Mission in the City. In addition to our involvement with Church Under the Bridge, here are a couple more mission opportunities coming up: (1) Genesis Garden Day; come join us we install a garden that will be used to feed the homeless (2) Come to the Table; bring an unchurched friend to Foodheads for a great meal and a talk on Food, Feasting and Faith. This is a great environment and opportunity to reach out to someone without a church home, who is seeking spiritually, or even a skeptic.
See you at the Hoedown tonight! Tickets available at the door.