|December 21, 2021|
Greetings & Merry Christmas,
It is my hope and prayer that you have a most blessed, joy-filled and awesome Christmas. There will not be a newsletter next Tuesday (scheduled rest) so I will be a smidge early by wishing you all a very safe and blessed New Year. However, I do want to share with you some things to expect this next year.
1. Within the 1st quarter of 2022, 4Tucson’s newsletters will be morphing to a blog format. While this may seem like an “oh no!” the transition should be painless. I am excited about this because it will allow for dialogues to take place between you and me. While I will still write on the various domains or taskforces, High Holy Days, and “from my heart”, I have also felt the Lord encouraging me to begin addressing the many issues we face as Christians and as Pray-ers. Truth be told, it is way too easy to ignore this prompting because, as we all know, well-meaning people who love God and love God’s word can disagree on much. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned Laodicea – one of the seven churches found in Revelation. It was accused of being lukewarm. In my mind, one of the “symptoms” of being lukewarm is “playing it safe”. Don’t want to offend; so I won’t say anything. I don’t think that philosophy is God-honoring, nor is it working. I’d appreciate prayers on this.
2. I plan to start strategic prayer times throughout the city, throughout the year. It would be nice to have one each month but we’ll start out with every other month or so. Unless, of course, someone would like to come alongside me to help plan and execute (hint, hint). Our first will be on Sunday, January 9th at City Hall at 4pm. This will be to pray for our city and state governments. Arizona’s State Legislature’s opening session is on the 10th. Other prayer times will be: National Day of Prayer on May 5th; Tucson’s Birthday on August 20th; and 10 Days of Prayer, Sept 25-Oct 4th.
3. Coming up is 4Tucson’s Movement Day, January 20 & 21. On Wed. January 19, I hope to schedule a time of prayer at the location where it will be held – New Life Community Church of the Nazarene. More information will be shared in upcoming newsletters. I will also include a prayer list of things to pray for in the January 4th newsletter. In the meantime, I hope you will join me in praying for the Lord’s continuing guidance as all the pieces are coming together.
Other things to pray for:
Blessings & Shalom,