Seek First the Kingdom

By David Nii of Centennial, Colorado, USA

But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Matthew 6:33

The Coeur d’Alene Congregation in Idaho is three blocks from an alternative high school. Many discussions centered on how to seek first the kingdom. The opportunity came when conversations with school officials brought a tangible need to the awareness of the congregation.

Dozens of homeless students did not have access to basic hygiene products. It was an easy decision for the congregation, in partnership with the school, to provide personal hygiene kits that included items such as soap, shampoo, dental care, and deodorant.

Coeur d’Alene received grant funds through World Mission Tithes to assemble the kits. The kits also included church contact information that invited students to connect with Community of Christ ministries.

As a continuing outreach, the church is open as a weekly meeting space for the youth to discuss their many challenges, including addiction issues.

Your contributions to World Mission Tithes are touching the lives of youth. Thank you for responding faithfully and giving generously.

Prayer for Peace:

Caregiver God, inspire us to serve you by caring for our companions in need. We hold our youth and all their struggles up to you for healing. May we join in that healing by sharing from our first fruits. May we do our part by sharing the peace of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Practice:

Imagine what it would be like to gather with members of your congregation under a tree and be taught by Jesus. What would the tree look like? What would you most like to learn? What changes would happen in your congregation as it became a community of disciples? Write or speak a prayer, asking God to bless you and your congregation in learning to become disciples of Christ.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will first seek ways I can help build your signal community.

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