This past Sunday morning at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, the church where I serve as pastor, gathered in the middle of the sanctuary, put our hands on each others shoulders,and did our “prayers of the people” together during the worship service. My friend, Jean, who is pictured, gave the sweetest prayer for our church and community. She is 91 years young and wants to see this church become all that God intends. Her prayer, joined with the other amazing prayers both spoken and unspoken, gave testimony to a God who calls us out and into amazing moments of Truth. #thankful@ImmanuelClifton.
Kathryn was a student leader in my student ministry at a previous church. She is an amazing young woman who is currently working with the Oasis Enfield Academy in London, UK for a “GAP Year”. She has been living in intentional community with some great folks while working at the Oasis Community Hub in Enfield. Kathryn has a story that continues to grow in so many ways. She is planning on moving back to Cincinnati this summer. In a previous conversation, she shared that she would love to work and live in our Clifton neighborhood. She has a culinary background, loves people, and understands commitment to community.
Alex Dingle is on InterVarsity Christian Fellowship staff at the University of Cincinnati. Alex was also a student leader in my student ministry at a previous church. Alex has a passion for building community, relationships, and seeing God’s love shared in meaningful and practical ways. He has a story in this community that is emerging in beautiful ways. Immanuel Presbyterian has given Alex office space in its church building.
Bill Smart, (pictured in the orange shirt with neighbors, and his wife Kathy) one of our guiding team members at Immanuel, hosted a neighborhood chili gathering at his house this fall. It was a beautiful night and many of his neighbors showed up for conversation, good food and drink, and lots of goodness! It was “church” celebrating “communion” in so many ways. Bill did a great job of including folks in small, but meaningful, ways and it was good to listen to so many folks without an agenda other than to listen, learn, and build community.
It was fun to express to folks as well a “parish” or “neighborhood” vision of church listening and fitting into and being a part of community.