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Your Church, God's World - Day 36

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PHILIPPIANS 2:1-11 | If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Thanks to you, his name is lifted up! Thanks to you, choirs sing and bands play. Children learn the vocabulary of praise, teenagers magnify him, adults glorify him. There is an echo here, at 6947 East McDonald Drive, of the heavenly chorus. There is a preview of the worship of heaven. From Valley Day School Chapel to sunrise on Sunday morning, Jesus is honored and celebrated. Thanks to you!

Pray for Jennifer Hamm as she balances babies and musical leadership, for Julia Tucker pursuing a Ph.D. and helping VPC, and for Travis Kingma, leading our band and our next generation ministries.

 

Thank God for all our volunteer singers and players and worship leaders.

 

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Your Church, God's World - Day 35

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MARK 12:28-31 | One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Charity begins at home! The command to love neighbors is partly about nearness. It is wonderful to help in Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, where our dollars and efforts have such a gigantic impact. But what about our own community? Our help for local schools and food ministries is ongoing, and 2019 will see the official launch of MentorKids in South Scottsdale. Our resources will support Johnny Martinez as he initiates programs that will serve children and youth in the Paiute neighborhood.

This coming year, Family Promise plans to acquire new transitional housing and office space, allowing them to double the number of families they can help move from homelessness to housing. VPC support is the key element in this expansion.

Pray that tutoring, mentoring, leadership, and discipleship efforts will change the trajectory of many lives in Paiute.

 

Pray for Dick Lockwood and the MentorKids board and Aaron Parrot.

 

Pray for Ted Taylor and the Family Promise board.

 

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