Monday, May 21, 2012

theCityChurch@theSeawall - Lords Supper, Baptism, and to be a church For the City (followed by huge fun tubing!)

These two are raising hands of Freedom in Jesus.  You can see the tank we baptized them moments ago at the bottom of the picture.  #FreedomIsHere
theCityChurch met to worship Jesus at the Civic Center Seawall yesterday, at Bor du lac Marina.  It was warm (some said hot, lol), but so beautiful!  We had people stop in and join us who were walking at the seawall.  

In taking the Lord's Supper, we remembered Jesus, broken and slain for our freedom, and raised back to Life to demonstrate God's victory over our weakness! 

We celebrated people deciding to follow Jesus, marking their lives as connected to his by being baptized!  

And we challenged one another to be a church For The City - a church that partners with many others to be a movement of Jesus' church that brings God's Kingdom in a more real, more tangible way to our whole community.  

We want the city and community leaders in government, education and non-profits to say, "If the churches here stopped their work in raising up families, healing brokenness in people, families and in the community; if the churches here stopped caring for the poor, if the churches here stopped showing us what humility and reconciliation were like (in actions, not just words), our city would be in terrible shape, and we would beg them to come back and reengage!"  

We believe Jesus' prayer in John 17:20-23 can happen in our city in our day.  

We exist so see the city different.

The baptizers and baptizees

the way we know it's working is if we are making disciples who are making disciples who are making disciples.  Here is Pattie baptizing Sabrina.  That's awesome!

Buried like Christ...Raised to walk a new kind of life!

Then the party continued, as we ate jambalaya and spent the afternoon boat riding and tubing!


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