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A Word from Pastor John
Do you spend time praising God throughout the day?
Many of the biblical writers point to the importance of regularly offering our Lord praise.
Consider this verse in the book of Isaiah:
"O Lord, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them."
Isaiah 25:1 NLT
Unfortunately, it seems our prayers are often limited to simply asking a request from God. Whether it's a request for healing, a request that he will keep us safe, a request that he will bless our meal, etc. Our prayers are filled with requests and sometimes lack the praise and adoration we see throughout scriptural prayers.
As Christians, we should continually seek to deepen and enhance our prayer life. One way to do this is to study the biblical prayers, and seek to apply them to our own prayer life.
One very simple place we can start, is by intentionally offering prayers of praise and glory to our God. Make sure your prayer life is not limited to just asking God for something. Be intentional to spend time daily praising God.
As we grow in our prayer life, I'm convinced that God will continue to fill us with joy. May the Lord continue to bless and enhance your prayer life.
Pray for One Another
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or call/text (520) 709-0815
Our pastors and their families
Our board members
The world as we all continue to navigate this Covid-19 pandemic.
The many unspoken requests
Terri Frick and her son
A family in our nieghborhood
Barbara Gionfriddo'a sister-in-law, Linda
Walt and Marlene Ballard's grandson, Kyle
Lois Pierce's granddaughter
Make sure you're a part of our Facebook group to get prayer requests as they come in: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21109057279
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Verse of the Week
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Answering God's Call
In just a few short weeks, my husband, Sam, and I will be moving our family to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to serve as the Work & Witness coordinators for the country. While this is our first full-time ministry position, we have always been “missionaries,” and we wholeheartedly believe that if you claim Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then you are, too!
In 2014, we had the opportunity to help launch a campus in a new community with our church, Crossbridge Community Church of the Nazarene. This started us on a journey of becoming intentional in building relationships with others. We even sold our family home out in the country to move into town so that we could be closer to others and build relationships with those who needed Jesus.
My husband became part-owner of a local business, which gave him a lot of opportunities to serve and connect with others. I joined the staff at our church as our lead pastor’s assistant, which allowed me the opportunity to serve those inside and outside the church. We were both growing deeper in our relationship with the Lord as well as building meaningful relationships with our new neighbors and friends.
In 2018, our head pastor asked me to coordinate a new partnership between our church and missionaries serving in the Dominican Republic. Both Sam and I were excited for this opportunity because we have always loved missions and sharing that experience with others. We had talked about doing more mission work when Sam retired but had not considered that God might have a different timeline in mind.
We were so content where God had us . . . we never even considered that He might call us to actually move to another country!
In early 2019, that contentment started to shift. Nothing on the exterior really changed—it was a slow and steady internal shift that was happening in both me and my husband. After some serious prayer and discussion with mentors, we decided that we would explore the possibility of serving cross-culturally, but it wasn’t long until we were willing to say yes to whatever God was calling us to do. In November of 2019, we attended an Explore event at Olivet Nazarene University and walked away with confirmation that we were to serve as full-time missionaries.
The journey has not always been easy and has been full of many unknowns, but it has been such a joy to follow the Lord’s calling on ordinary people like us to share Him with others. Our prayer is that you will also become “like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14) so others can experience the grace and forgiveness of God.
Kristi Senica and her husband, Sam, serve in leadership at Crossbridge Community Church of the Nazarene in Ottawa, IL. Together, they have four children.
Opportunities to Give and Serve
We have a volunteer cleaning crew who meets on Friday morning to make the church building sparkling clean.
Would you like to help?
Just come to Mosaic on Friday morning at 8:30am.
See you there!
Donations of clothes for infant to adult are currently being accepted.
Thank you, for your continued generosity of both time and resources. Your gifts make a difference!
Contact Barbara Keeler: (520) 709-8925