Faith Covenant Church

A Post-Election Prayer

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 in Faith Updates

Lord, the election is over. A new president will assume office, and those who will serve our nation, states, and communities have been determined by the free exercise of the free will you have given to people.

Lord, we weary of partisanship and want better of our discipleship. Forgive us where we have been complicit in what we have done, and not done, in reinforcing division and derision to divide and disparage.

You tell us that your Kingdom is not of this world. We pledge anew our allegiance not to a donkey, not to an elephant, but to you, the Lamb.

In so doing we look to your Word for how to live as aliens in a foreign land, how to serve the world you love with values from above.

And so we hear the admonition of Paul to pray for those in leadership, both those currently in and assuming office. Consequently, we pray for good judgment in the midst of complex decisions; we pray for character, humility, and empathy in the temptations of power; we pray for skill in the disciplines of leadership; we pray for a growing congruence of their convictions with the vision you have for the flourishing and inherent value of all they govern and serve.

And so we see the example of Daniel, seeking the common good. Lord, though he lived in exile among the Babylonians, he recognized a shared life. Like Daniel, help us to neither disengage nor disrespect nor lessen our convictions. Help us be more like Daniel, people whose convictions remain intact but who  remain engaged to seek the best for others who share common hopes, aspirations, and challenges for themselves, their families, and their communities.

And so we listen to you, who call us to be salt and light. Salt and light—you give to us sensory images, tangible and demonstrable.  Lord, you call us to make a difference more than offer an opinion. Making a point and making a difference are not the same. Lord, help us live out real ministry in the real world that shows the real difference you and the values of your Kingdom make.

And so we heed your call to be peacemakers. Empower us to reach across the divides, to seek understanding with whom we might disagree, granting that in each person there is worth as one made in your image.  May we also be mindful of coming alongside those whose peace now churns in new uncertainties, vulnerabilities, and fears about what the future might hold for them and their families.

Lord, we want better for our country than what we have experienced of late. And so we must expect better of ourselves first and foremost as citizens of your Kingdom seeking to be better citizens here. With malice towards none, find us faithful as your ambassadors living out faith, hope, and love.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen

(by Gary Walter, President of the Evangelical Covenant Church)

Here’s What’s Happening at Faith

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Every shoebox is a powerful tool that transforms the lives of children and their families through the Good News of Jesus! Please join us as we pray, pack, and ship these gifts. Stop by the table in the lobby to get more information and supplies. This Sunday, November 13, is the last day to turn in your shoeboxes.

Prime Time Lunch

If you are a senior at Faith, you are invited to join us Thursday, November 17 at 11:30am for our monthly Prime Time luncheon! This is a chance for you to enjoy fellowship and to connect with other seniors over a light lunch. As part of the learning hour this month, we will welcome Joel Warne, Director at Wellspring Life Resources, who will introduce the practice of spiritual direction. Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, November 15 by calling 952.890.3110 or emailing care@faithcovenant.org. Lunch is $5.00.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service

Please join us Wednesday, November 23 at 6:15pm as we usher in seasons of Thanksgiving and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus! This service is a longstanding tradition at Faith Covenant where we prepare our hearts and minds for the busy-ness to come by pausing and remembering together to give thanks to God for each and every season. There will be a time of worship, followed by fellowship and cookies/cider.

Escape from Black Friday

Junir/Senior High Schoolers! Let’s escape the commercialism that surrounds us on Friday, November 25 and enjoy the love that we have for one another with a night of fun. Night Games, 9 Square In The Air, Silent Football, and each other:  what could be better? Come at 7pm with a snack to share-no peanuts! Fifth through 12th grade are welcome. Bring a friend!

Advent Event

Take some time to usher in the Christmas season at our annual Advent Event on Sunday, December 4, in the Legacy Chapel.  This family-friendly open house will run from 9-10:15am and 11:30-12 (before and after the worship service). Create an Advent craft to help celebrate the true meaning of the season, put together a gift to reach out to a friend or neighbor, and enjoy some time connecting over activities and goodies that celebrate the birth of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.

CBE Celebration and Q & A Night

Did your 8 week trip through the New Testament raise some great questions in your mind? Come celebrate our Community Bible Experience with a special night of refreshments and Q and A with Pastors Brad and Char (and other really smart people)! Wednesday night, December 7, 6:15-7:45 PM.

FCC Office Staff Updates

Our office staff is transitioning in the coming weeks, and we covet your prayers during this process. There are three transitions to note: Carol Olinger, our business manager, is retiring by the end of the year; Jen Sorensen will be transitioning into the role of Director of Operations over the next few weeks; and Ellen Resh will be joining our team as part-time administrative assistant, supporting many of our adult ministries. Please welcome Ellen and be in prayer for these families during the transitions.

Very Peculiar People Sermon Series Prayer

Holy God, make us a peculiar people—
a people desperate for Your Spirit,
a family who mourns how Jesus mourns,
a family humbled by Your grace.

Give us a hunger and thirst for justice,
a mercy born from Your mercy.
Create in us pure hearts, O God,
hearts crucified for peace.

Whether in joy or in persecution,
empower us now to live
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.

Amen