We have also made great strides at making our church a welcoming and winsome place for people who visit. We have welcomed new people into our worship times, and we are working on language that explains our church and points toward the joy that Jesus makes possible. This is incredibly important in a world where people feel scattered and lonely. The technical revolution, rather than bringing us together as a society, has left us more isolated and aimless. If we can welcome people into our worship space and our life together, and help them feel our community is a place they can belong, they are more likely to grow in the knowledge and love of God and find true life in his kingdom.
As I have been praying for the church, there are three things that I believe God wants to us focus on: prayer and spiritual healing, discipleship, and outreach.
1. Prayer and Spiritual Healing
These have been part of our church dynamic in the past but have fallen away recently. I hope to again incorporate this wholesome, deeply biblical ministry into our lives and communities. In particular, we should have people praying on a regular basis for the church, for our needs, for guidance, for protection, and for empowerment. Also, I believe that God wants us to regularly hold healing services and healing prayer. I am currently in the planning stages to begin a regular healing service, with a time to pray and soak of the presence of the Lord.
We should focus on growing in our knowledge and love of Christ so that we can become like him. We do this through Sunday worship when we gather together as the body of Christ. I encourage you to come every Sunday as you are able. Without you, we are less. With you, we are stronger and more unified in our proclamation of Christ crucified and resurrected. We are also doing discipleship through small groups and Bible study. We currently have two small groups with more than half of the congregation participating. Furthermore, this summer we will have a weekly women’s Bible study on Thursday mornings, and we will also have regular times of men’s fellowship. For so small a church, this is wonderful. As a community, we are pressing deeply into God’s Word.
Lastly, as we grow closer as church family, we also need to pray about how we reach the broader community with the love of God. We have a ripe mission field in Philadelphia, the fifth largest city in the United States.
Thank you all for your prayers and hard work building up Christ Church Anglican in the Kingdom of God. Lilly and I pray for you always and think of you with great affection.