Commitment to Worship

By Cindy Korf of North Platte, Nebraska, USA

God is calling for a prophetic community to emerge…that is characterized by uncommon devotion to the compassion and peace of God revealed in Jesus Christ. Through divine grace and wisdom, this faith community has been given abundant gifts, resources, and opportunities to equip it to become such a people.  Doctrine and Covenants 163:11a

One evening I received a phone call from a woman asking if our church had Wednesday-night prayer and testimony services. I was sorry to say we did not. She responded sadly and asked if we would start having them.

I explained we were a small congregation, and it was difficult just to hold a regular Sunday service during the summer, but she was welcome to come on Sunday. She said she was unable to come on Sunday and needed the worship on Wednesday to keep her going through the week.

I referred her to other churches with Wednesday services. However, she was firm that it be Community of Christ. She told me she was working for a hospital and would be in the area only for the summer.

I was shocked to discover the hospital was over 1½ hours away! She said the three-hour round trip would be worth the companionship and worship. I was flabbergasted!

Who would travel three hours for a one-hour prayer service? If someone was willing to travel three hours, how could those of us who travel only 15 minutes refuse?

I shared this woman’s request with the congregation, and we decided to hold Wednesday-night prayer and testimony services. The woman and her daughter came every week and even gave rides to a member.

The summer became richer through the companionship of those services. Not only did I look for and discover new testimonies of God’s presence to share at the services, but I heard the prayers and testimonies of others in their walk with God. I thank Charlotte and Christy for showing me true dedication and commitment.

Prayer for Peace:

Universal God, if we are to have an uncommon devotion to your peace, we must use every opportunity to share that peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Offering Blessings of Community

Receive and share blessings of community. Begin with a prayer of gratitude for the network of relationships in your life. See and feel connections with family members, spiritual friends, people in your congregation and community, people and creatures in God’s sacred web of life.

What blessings are flowing to you from these circles? Reflect, pray, and write in your journal about the call to be Community of Christ.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will say yes to any opportunity to share the peace of Christ.

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