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My Flawless Masterpiece

“There’s nothing you could do to make me love you more, my child. I’m not waiting for you to change. I’m not waiting for you to perform at all or to produce anything. I’m overjoyed merely at the thought of who you are right now. I am having a party everyday — just because you exist. You are so worth celebrating and so worth showcasing.

“You are not your calling. You are not your assignments. You are not even your relationships. You are my kid. That’s reason enough for me to be excited. On top of that, to also have your constant attention, trust and adoration… it’s just the most incredible feeling!

“I love that you want to serve me, and I love that you want to grow and heal as an individual. I don’t want you to think of yourself though as still being ‘lacking’ in some sense. Drive that notion out of your head, out of your being. It’s simply not true.

“You are a gift to me, a gift to your communities, and a gift to generations to come. And you don’t even have to try to be. I made you that way and I am so proud of how you’ve turned out. You are my flawless masterpiece, and I couldn’t be happier with you.”

— Dad

 

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Event Update: Change of Location

Notice: Our worship event with Civil Righteousness this weekend (8pm Friday, March 15th – 8am Saturday, March 16th) has been moved down the road to The Corner Coffeehouse in Ferguson! The address is 100 North Florrissant Rd, Ferguson, MO.

This will be our first acoustic event, and also the first worship event hosted in this awesome space since it recently changed ownership! We can’t wait to share this night in God’s presence with all of you who are coming.

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Our March 22nd Bevo Mill Event

Join us as we carry God’s presence to the streets!

March 22nd we will be in the Bevo Mill neighborhood, hosting an acoustic worship set in the park at the St. Louis Sebilj Fountain. Come and help us flood the atmosphere of our city with the sound of Heaven’s celebration!

5000 Gravois Ave, St. Louis, MO 63116

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Also click here to see more about our March 15th event in Ferguson, or find other upcoming events here.

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Upcoming: All Night Worship & Prayer

Join with believers from churches all across the greater St. Louis region to pray and worship on March 15th through March 16th! We will be back with our friends from Civil Righteousness at the The Corner Coffeehouse, located at 100 N Florissant Rd, Ferguson MO. There will be a different musical team leading every two hours or so, from 8pm all the way until 8am.

Come and fill the night with God’s praises on Friday, or start your weekend with an early morning devotion time with us on Saturday!

Feel free to also check out our worship event coming up in the Bevo Mill neighborhood, and see our other events planned for this year here.

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The Invitation

Do you hear it?

He’s calling.

His voice keeps reaching out to you. To me. To us.

Just listen for a moment…

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me.

Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.

Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.

Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.

I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.

Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

(Matthew 11:28-30, The Message Bible)

Jesus is constantly inviting us all to enjoy his friendship and apprentice with him. He wants to teach us how to live more fully. How to break the cycles and quit wearing ourselves down.

His invitation is easily drowned out by the noise of life’s business, but it’s also the only antidote to that very noise. It’s an invitation to take a whole new approach to doing things…

Christ is inviting us to a more restful, quiet, undistracted life. He’s inviting us to a more rhythmic, routine, simple life. He’s inviting us to a life of greater fulfillment, meaning and contentment in the here and now. That is, instead of always reaching for the next big thing that offers to satisfy us.

Jesus is inviting us to prioritize relationships over accomplishments. Quality time over time getting tons of things done and living with a constant fear of missing out.

He’s inviting us to let go of pressure and demands, and to learn things like humility, authenticity, contemplation, and stability (the kind produced by trust, rather than by our mere human “grit”).

He’s inviting us to learn better self-care so that we have more to give to others. He’s also inviting us to bond more closely with others, and to learn and grow in nurturing community together. He’s inviting us to stick with the process, and to “go low and go slow.”

And he’s inviting us to fall deeply, madly, obsessively in love with him — for his joy and our benefit.

Don’t rush past the invitation when it catches your attention. Yield to it. His offer is the offer of eternal life, abundant life, ever unfolding within your present life. It’s worth following along.

He’s only got your good in mind… your peace and your wellbeing.

Don’t worry about what your “calling” is and how to fulfill it. Just come with him. Come to him. He’s got so much to keep teaching you.

 

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