As part of our ongoing “Quest Northwest” adventure, we talked earlier this winter that, as a Covenant church, we value and practice several core values in our life together as Rochester Covenant Church, including being:
- Biblical, as we know and live out God’s Word;
- Spiritual, as we pursue the new life in Christ and a growing love relationship with God;
- Relational, as we pursue friendships and demonstrate Christ’s love to one another and in our world, and
- Missional, as we seek to be and to communicate God’s Good News in the Rochester area, in our region, and around the world.
We’ve observed how the incline of mission and ministry seems steeper these days, and have recalled the experiences of Lewis and Clark and Sacajawea as we’re considering how we might “ditch the canoes” that have taken us this far, and to “saddle up our horses” to find new ways to traverse the rugged terrain of living out God’s Kingdom in our world these days. We said that one of the best ways to move ahead is to live out five every-day missional practices using the acrostic BLESS that we:
- Begin with Prayer,praying daily for those in our circles of influence and beyond who do not yet know Christ;
- Listen with Care, as we hear the stories and heart-cries of those floundering without the Savior;
- Eat Together,looking for opportunities to share a cup of coffee or a simple meal each week with at least one person is not yet a believer, as well as sharing table fellowship with those in our church family;
- Serve with Love,thinking creatively of how we might bless those in our community through an act of kindness or generosity, a simple note, or a project you can do with others, and
- Share Our Story,as we share a simple “Journey with Jesus” observation, a short testimony, or a brief summary of the Good News of Jesus.
With the coming of spring, our neighbors are emerging from homes and offices. Springtime is also a season where people are moving to our area and opening themselves to new opportunities and relationships. With this in mind, we’re inviting you to join us in a “full court press” this spring and summer on a “Quest Northwest” to reach out and meet neighbors—around your home, at parks and on playfields, and in the Lincolnshire and Glen Arbor neighborhoods surrounding our church facility. You’ll be seeing a lot of invitation flyers in your bulletins at church, and in social media postings on our church Facebook and Instagram sites in coming weeks These are all designed for YOU to share with your Facebook or Instagram friends to mail as postcards, to hand out to relatives, co-workers and neighbors, or to spark conversations with anyone you meet. And look for the article and sign-up in this week’s newsletter for going door-to-door to invite RCC neighbors to church this spring.faithfulness, on his love and invitation to us and to everyone, and on his Son and the power of the new life he extends to all. Just as the success of Lewis and Clark’s expedition hinged on their scrappiness and tenacity, so we “run with endurance the race God has set before us” (Hebrews 12:1b), pressing on “to reach the end of the race” (see Philippians 3:14), working and struggling hard as we depend on Christ’s mighty power that works within us (see Colossians 1:29).And now, during this season of Lent and through Holy Week and Easter, we’re exploring some of Jesus’ stories on the road to the cross, as we determine to “Never Give Up” on God’s
Also join us on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. in Room 108 for our Sunday morning prayer time, or pray as small groups or households for God to move powerfully in our worship and learning times, in our outreach efforts, and that God will open people’s hearts in this community to a life with Christ.
--Steve Eng, lead pastor
A prayer for a new season
“Father in heaven, we confess to you that we don’t pray as we ought. Ignite our hearts with the fiery darts of your Spirit to enable us to pray. Create in us a life of unceasing prayer. Stoke the fire of prayer in our church to a new intensity so that we are changed, as well as the people around us. Jesus, we lift up your name; we plead with you to draw people to yourself. Set us ablaze for your glory, now and forevermore! In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
― adapted from Kevin G. Harney, in The U-Turn Church: New Direction for Health and Growth