This is a scene from December 23., the last Sunday before Christmas. There were over 200 balloons to blow up and at the end of the service, a bunch of SunRidgers grabbed handfuls of balloons and blew them up. Many hands make light work.
I love how SunRidgers respond to things like this. In no time at all the balloons were blown up and with a casual ask, more SunRidgers showed up in the afternoon to cut and tie ribbons on them all, hang them (Including some SunRidge Kids, thank you Corban, Elsie and TJ!) and finish out tasks of the Christmas Eve decor.
SunRidgers come together for so many practical projects: the Lunch Program, the Community Christmas Dinner, the GoofBall, and Love West Kelowna to name a few. On Sundays, no one asks anyone to take all the chairs down; the service ends and we all just do it. Many times I see jobs getting done that are “unassigned” and I think this is so lovely to see.
There is another thing that Jesus loves: when HIs people pray. Leonard Ravenhill said, “the true Church lives and moves and has its being in prayer.” Yet what is it about prayer that gets a nervous reaction? Prayer should be the MOST natural thing for us, the thing we ought to be incredibly relieved to have, and yet there is this struggle.
F.B. Meyer said, “The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer but un-offered prayer.” Our Father waits for us because His deal with us kids is that we come to Him and ask. Why wouldn’t we?
We keep saying, “Let’s be a church OF prayer.” Couldn’t we be? Couldn’t we be as engaged with prayer as all-together as we are blowing up balloons, serving meals and taking down chairs?
In 2019 let’s take a personal inventory, stare at our hangups and conquer them once and for all. Look around you: we are a family, we love each other, we are growing together, we can do this! Who knows what awaits if we will only seek the Lord!
21 Days of Prayer is an opportunity to COME ALIVE through the way we talk with our living GOD.
“Prayer is the only entryway into genuine self-knowledge. It is also the main way we experience deep change—the reordering of our loves. Prayer is how God gives us so many of the unimaginable things he has for us. Indeed, prayer makes it safe for God to give us many of the things we most desire. It is the way we know God, the way we finally treat God as God. Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life.” - Tim Keller
If you have not signed up for the 21 Days of Prayer Emails you can link up here. When you arrive on the 21 Days of Prayer Webpage you can also sign up for Wednesday dinners and find resources there as well.