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This Is Why You Were Made

Dear Spry Church,

Are you looking for something fun to do on Friday night? Come to our Trunk or Treat, tomorrow from 6:30-8:30. Bring your friends, too! This family-friendly event is always so much fun. There will be candy, costumes, s'mores, hot chocolate and cider, music, a movie ("It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"), and more, all free. This is a great way for us as a church to connect with our community and welcome our neighbors - last year we had over 600 people come and every year the number grows!

Last Sunday I quoted one of my favorite writers, NT Wright, making the point that our acts of love, creativity, and service will last into God's future. They won't pass away like so much around us will. Wright also says, "The closer you get to the truth, the clearer becomes the beauty, and the more you will find worship welling up within you." That has certainly been true for me. Our encounters with the truth, with Jesus, lead us to a clearer and deeper perception of beauty, and in that way to a greater desire for worship.

This Sunday in worship we continue our series about prayer with a really important message focused on the kingdom of God. What is God's kingdom? Is it something totally otherworldly? Can we begin to live into it now? If so, how? What does it mean to pray, as Jesus teaches us, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven"?

Speaking of prayer, I hope you've been participating in our 21-day prayer campaign. I announced it for October 6-27, but of course we can pray anytime and I encourage you to continue the practice of daily prayer beyond October 27 so that it becomes a habit and a more regular part of your life. The campaign calls for us to pray each day for 3 people we know, that God's kingdom would come in their lives, and then to end with the Lord's Prayer. Through this daily practice, I've encountered more of God's truth and beauty, and as NT Wright puts it, I've also found worship welling up within me. The same can be true for you.

You were made to worship God. Join us this Sunday as we learn more about the kingdom of God and as we gather to lift our hearts and voices to the Lord in worship and prayer. See you Sunday!

In Christ,