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Welcome to the JCPC Daily Reflections Blog. Reflections are daily devotionals authored by JCPC pastors, staff and members and provide insight, guidance and comfort to help you make it through each day. If you’d like to receive Reflections each day via email,  provide your email address.

Wednesday, October 02 2019

"We are the World" was a song from 1985 recorded by many of the most famous pop music artists at the time. It was a part of the "USA for Africa" effort to raise money for famine relief. The song went to number one on the charts and raised $44 million. I think it was one of the highlights of the 80s.

 

This Sunday is "World Communion Sunday." Christians all around the world will be celebrating communion that day as a reminder of our unity as the body of Christ. Here at Johns Creek Presbyterian Church, we have the privilege of gathering with the three other churches who worship on this campus each week. These are Casa Brasil (Brazilian/Presbyterian), Crossings Community Church (Korean/Presbyterian), and World Healing Ministries (Indian/Pentecostal). At our 11:00 a.m. worship service, we will have our own "We are the World" moment as we come together to worship God. Our service will be in English, Korean, and Portuguese (our Indian congregation also worships in English.) The Rev. Lindsay Armstrong, Executive Director of the New Church Development Commission of our presbytery, will be bring an inspirational message called "Be Opened." Lindsay has preached here at JCPC before.

 

Our music will combine songs with guitar from Casa Brasil, a solo from a member of the Korean church, as well as music from our own Chancel Choir. We will also have our 9:00 a.m. service, however the other congregations will only be there at 11:00 a.m.

 

Not only will we be worshiping together at 11:00 a.m., we will then gather in our Great Hall for a great feast with food from each of our congregations. The church will provide fried chicken, salad, and drinks. We are asking members of JCPC to bring either a side dish (last name A-L) or a dessert (last name M-Z). Food from Brazil, Korea, and India will also be shared. I am already getting hungry just thinking about it. In addition, musicians from Casa Brasil will be sharing some lunchtime music.

 

So, please make it a priority to be here this Sunday - we need you here! And invite your friends to this unique worship service. I know you will be blessed by coming.

 

Prayer for Today

Thank you, God, for "so loving the whole world" that you sent Jesus -- your only son, to save us from our sins and brokenness. Thank you for the rare privilege of gathering with those from around the world, who are now our neighbors and friends -- our brothers and sisters in Christ. May our time together be both blessed and a blessing to others - one example to our community of how you intend the people of your world to get along. We pray this in the strong name of Jesus the Christ. Amen.

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