"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
Last night, David had the opportunity to attend a meeting of church leaders from around our city as we got updates on the plans for "What If?"--a city-wide cooperation of churches to show the community what can happen when the Church works together.
It started last year with three churches. They shared pulpits, gathered together for a large corporate worship service at Shawnee Mission Park, and then served together at several inner-city ministries. The theme was "What if the church: believed together, prayed together, served together?"
Tammy was part of it last year. She rolled up her sleeves and sweated along with 900+ volunteers on serve day. She won't be able to participate this year, at least not physically. She will, however, participate in her prayers. Her passion for missions, both foreign and local missions, will keep this event at the top of her prayer list.
If you have followed this blog for a while, you will remember that this whole journey started with her prayer several years ago: "Use me in a mighty way." We believe God is doing that. We believe she is influencing hundreds of people through her testimony of faith, praise and prayer, in spite of an obstacle that easily could knock her off her knees. We know people around the country are reading this blog and praying for her. We have been told that her response has strengthened the faith of others.
That's how "What If?" started. Our church wants to be used in a mighty way. Leaders from our church went to another church and asked if they could walk through the building and pray for that ministry. That started a spirit of cooperation that brought in another church and the three churches planned and worked together on an inspiring event.
Not satisfied, the leaders of the three churches have invited other churches to join, and this year "What If?" will involve leaders and members of 12 different churches throughout the metro area. There will be several thousand volunteers working on serve day.
The theme will remain the same, based on the Scripture verse of Micah 6:8. The three sermons will be on What if the church: acted justly, loved mercy, walked humbly? The 12 churches will be broken into clusters of three that will share pulpits. Then we'll all serve together on May 30, with the group worship service June 3.
Thousands of people serving side-by-side with fellow believers from different denominations and backgrounds, all in the name of Christ.
That's being used in a mighty way.