Here and Now: Loving Our Parish

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Recently our little city of Edgewater just to the west of Denver was hit with a rash of graffiti. I first noticed marks of a night of illegal art on some hanging sculptures in the yard of a house we pass each day on the way to school. In recent months there have been at least 60-70 victims of graffiti. It’s hard to walk around Edgewater and not notice graffiti.

Teenagers in their boredom have left their mark on this city by defacing their neighbors’ homes with graffiti. Older neighbors fear for their safety as they believe graffiti is linked to gang behavior.

How are we leaving our mark?

Edgewater is our neighborhood; our parish. Parish is a seldom used word today but years ago it meant the territory or area assigned to a specific priest. That priest would be responsible for the pastoral care of that geographic area. The word parish was used most in Catholic circles.

Though the church I serve is located in a different neighborhood within a mile of Edgewater, our family is focused on deepening our roots in this neighborhood. Our kids go to school here and a lot of our family life revolves around this city that covers less than a square mile. 

As followers of Christ, we pray regularly in the Lord’s Prayer, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

What does it mean for Christ’s kingdom to come to Edgewater, Colorado?

Recently I heard a great song that gives me “Holy Spirit goosebumps” and brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. It talks about this prayer asking for Christ’s kingdom to come in the here and now. It’s written and performed by Eddie Kirkland from North Point Church.

Here are a portion of the lyrics:

Let Your mercy rise
Let Your hope resound
Let Your love in our hearts be found

Let Your grace run free
Let Your name bring peace
Heaven come in the here and now

We want to be a door that’s open wide
We want to see compassion come to life
We want to carry truth that shines a beacon in the night
We want to see the city fill with hope
We want to bring peace to troubled souls
We want to tell the story of a God that we can know

Read more of the lyrics here.

Our prayer for Edgewater is that Christ’s kingdom would come in the here and now. We wait expectantly and prayerfully as we join Christ in what he is already doing here in our parish.

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About joelnewton

I am a husband to Hillary, a father to Anna and Norah

Posted on December 6, 2012, in Church Leadership, Church Planting, Missional, Personal and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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