ARC Family,

For some time now I’ve been thinking that it would be a good thing to create a space for us to gather that is distinct from weekend services. Why? We are a church that has long valued unity. During Jesus’ last night of freedom, knowing that he would soon be arrested, gripped by the anticipation of the cross—he prayed for our unity.

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:20-23)

I’ve often been astounded that Jesus would intentionally hinge his credibility on our unity. Then the world will know…that happens after we demonstrate unity in Christ. I don’t believe Jesus’ prayer was performative. It was an authentic request. And yet, he wanted us to know what he knew. Unity doesn’t happen by accident.

I want to invite you to Ekklesia. It’s a time for our church to gather in worship and unhurried prayer. I want to share briefly from my own heart. I value the opportunity to hear from you and to sing and pray with you.

Will you join me on Sunday night, November 13, at 5:30pm, in the Timothy Chapel? I’m not sure how often we will host this gathering. It is something we will do from time to time throughout the year. I hope that I will see you there.

Grace and Peace,

Rick Henderson

Ekklesia Details

When: Sunday, November 13, 5:30pm (until approx 6:30-7:00pm)

Where: Timothy Chapel

What: A time of worship, scripture, and corporate prayer