Our five year goals.
In 2019 we are…
Letting our deeds do our talking: Our compassion teams make connections for us. We generate compassionate service, justice and reconciliation that connect our gifts and resources to those in need. Our Compassion Core Team serves a vibrant collection of compassion teams with a director paid by the Network.
Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt
Read Zechariah 7
This is what the Lord Almighty said: “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.”
More thoughts to ponder
The Hebrew Prophets had a similar message time and again for the people of Israel “Be merciful as I am merciful. Be compassionate as I am compassionate. Take care of the most vulnerable among you.” Jesus gave us all the more reason to live as God told us through the prophets by painting a picture of the Kingdom of God — a future reality in which all things would be set to right. And the Kingdom of God is near!
Living into that future is one of the best ways we communicate our hope to the world. There there is so much that dissuades people from hoping! Our hope is conspicuous. Practicing it is a basic way we development our faith. Our compassion teams provide opportunities for us to come along side people in our city who are fighting the good fight, often with too little hope. We bring Jesus to the struggle and he shines his light.
Our compassion teams provide an outlet for the passion of God to flow through us. It is easier to respond to our hearts if we do it together — if we run with an idea to act on our compassionate instincts with the help of many brothers and sisters. Circle of Hope is an incubator for good ideas that help our hearts grow when everything around us pushes them to contract. Our compassion teams help us stand firm against the tide of fear that roars in fear, “Buy this, kill them, be safe, don’t try.” We are not alone, and our compassion convinces many that they are not alone, either.
So why not do more? Yes, I love our ambition for five years from now. Let’s have a full time director. Let’s share even more generously to make that possible. Let’s create more teams that do wonderful things — necessary things for our hearts and for the hearts of those around us. We are the sort of people who “administer true justice; show mercy and compassion.” Let’s organize to do as much as we can to express ourselves and our hope in Jesus to the world.
Suggestions for action
Pray: Expand our hope, Lord. Give our dreams hands and feet. May our hard work bear good fruit. And may your Kingdom come.
Pray for our compassion teams- Prison Connections Team, Take Back Vacant Land, Development without Displacement, Circle Thrift Leadership Team, Good Business Oversight Team, Urban Farm Team, Circle Counseling Support Team, For The Love Of Childs, Ray of Hope, Friends of Hagert Street Playground, Heads Together Haiti Support Team, Homeless Connections Team, Debt Annihilation Team, Circle of Peacemakers, BGX (Baby Goods Exchange) Team, Friends of Treehouse Books (check out compassion.circleofhope.net for more info)
Pray for our compassion core team- Megan Rosenbach, Tricia Fussaro, Sara Semborski, Jessica Mints, Mike Master, Alene Brunkhurst