A Body Bound By Prayer

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

This week’s CliffNotes is a guest post by Meghan Scully, Senior Warden.

Dear Christ Church,

On Monday, my five and a half year old son was given a purple rubber bracelet from his Vacation ible School teacher that has slid up and down his wrist ever since. In bright orange letters it reads, Watch for God.

In the past three months since Fr. Cliff’s sabbatical send-off, we have continued in life together as a body. We’ve journeyed with our Lord through the passion of Lent; bolstered our voices in celebration n Easter morning; walked with each other in smallgroup settings sharing our heartaches, hopes; elved into the Word together; welcomed a number of new babies into our community; and for that matter, greeted even more people through our doors in hope they will meet Christ.

Whether or not we’ve viewed it in these terms, as a community, and in all the various seasons we are n, we watch for God together: expectant, hopeful, and desperate to see Him.

In his book Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes, “A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses.” In addition to how you best know to pray for those near you in our community, may I take this moment to ask for continued prayer for the following:

  • Cliff, Christine and the children as they near the end of their sabbatical and join us again on August 3rd. May they soak up every moment that remains and listen well to the Holy Spirit as He prepares them to return.
  • The Guatemala team serving at Potter’s House this week (and anyone else you know from our community serving and traveling in Jesus’ Name this summer). May they be energized, encouraged, and Holy Spirit enabled to finish well.
  • The Property Team. May Jesus lead them as they keep their eyes peeled across this city for a place God would have for Christ Church.
  • Church leadership. May they have wisdom that comes from heaven and a deepening intimacy with our Lord.
  • Selection of a new Archbishop at the end of June. May the Holy Spirit guide and direct the ACNA bishops in the election of a godly leader.
  • May we faithfully and persistently bring each other before the throne of God in prayer. And let us vibrantly encourage each other to keep watchful, expectant eyes set on the Risen Lord.