As I mentioned in an earlier post, Lent is a traditional time to give generously to the needs of others, practicing the kind of fasting described in Isaiah 58:6: “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?”
To that end, I'm excited to announce several opportunities to love and serve our neighbors during Lent.
Prayer Walk with One Voice Fellowship, March 21, 3pm
Did you notice our prayers for One Voice Fellowship during Sunday's Prayers of the People? Eva-Elizabeth prayed for two Uyghur Christians in their fellowship who recently made professions of faith, one of whom had been imprisoned, and the other who is newly arrived in Northern Virginia. We are delighted to support One Voice, a new multi-lingual church plant in neighboring Culmore with a beautiful vision for multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural worship.
On Sunday, we will join One Voice and another neighborhood church to prayer walk the Culmore neighborhood (if you've been with us for a while, you might remember Quauhtli leading a Culmore prayer walk very early in our life together!). We'll get to know one another a bit, then break into smaller groups to walk and pray neighborhood landmarks (mosque, shops, etc) before regrouping and dispersing.
That Sunday is also a membership Sunday. What better way to live out your Incarnation membership than to prayer walk a nearby neighborhood? Meet at 3pm in the parking lot of the Chinese Christian Church of Virginia, 6071 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church VA 22041. I hope you'll join us!
Holy Week Offering to Partners-Myanmar
Each year, we collect a special offering throughout all our Holy Week services to give away at Easter. This is a wonderful opportunity to give generously to the work God is doing around the world. This year's offering will go to Partners in Myanmar, which is providing essential supplies to families fleeing the advance of Army forces in the aftermath of last month's coup. Partners has a long and faithful track record in Myanmar with an extensive network of local partners; their blog sheds helpful light on the emerging situation there.
We'll share more about how to give in the coming weeks. For now, we simply invite you to remember Myanmar and the work of Partners in your prayers.
Collect 43. For Social Justice
Almighty God, you created us in your own image: Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and help us to use our freedom rightly in the establishment of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.