Tuesday, January 6
Presbytery of Pueblo
W ith its 16 congregations, the Presbytery of Pueblo took a step of faith this past year by supporting our small, rag-tag group eager to start a new worshiping community in the south part of Colorado Springs. Though I could drone on endlessly about our missional strategies and the demographics of the fascinating Ivywild neighborhood we are focusing on, I think God’s work among us is better illustrated by a simple story.
Since our community is made up mostly of young families with children, for Easter we decided to go traditional, with an Easter-egg hunt followed by a potluck and a simple worship service. We were excited that some of the new faces included a single mom we had yet to meet. She seemed to be enjoying meeting new people and watching her daughter play with the other children. During our worship time, she cried softly as we performed a dramatic piece that attempted to tell the Easter story from God’s perspective.
Afterward, she told me she had recently received custody of her daughter after struggling more than a year with the legal system, which had previously removed her daughter because of drug issues. This young mother had been invited to our gathering by her daughter’s temporary foster parents. They seemed to be the only people in that system who treated her with love and kindness despite knowing the full details of her story. When she had asked them why, they told her that this was how followers of Jesus treated people. She wanted to know where to hear more, so they sent her to our gathering as a safe place to be loved and experience God.
My hope is that this description would apply to any of the churches she might have wandered into. But she was sent to us, and I can say with confidence that our community loved her as best we knew how.
We pray that this young woman and her daughter will be but the first of many lives changed by the Wayfarers’ Chapel new worshiping community.
—Collin Downing, organizing pastor, Wayfarers’ Chapel, Colorado Springs
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Lord, you are the God who changes lives, bringing people who struggle amid darkness into your radiant light. Kindle our imaginations, that we might ever see fresh ways of sharing your unchanging gospel. We thank you that you are among us and that your kingdom is growing. Amen.
Revised Common Lectionary for Epiphany of the Lord
Ps. 72:1–7, 10–14; Eph. 3:1–12