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Community Transformation Rhythm – How can you seek the kingdom of God in your community?

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Grace Prayer

By God's grace, I partner with other people to transform the neighborhood and the world I am living in.

Becoming Fully Present

Pray the following Franciscan prayer: Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

Input (Bible, quotes, stories)

Read: Jeremiah 29:4-11

It contains a famous verse that is used a lot by people to legitimize their opulent lifestyles; specifically in terms of materialism. Notice the community that this verse is embedded in.

Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the LORD. “For thus says the LORD: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:4–11, ESV)

The word for “welfare” in Hebrew is the word SHALOM. This is a word that describes the fabric of relationship with God, one another, communities and creation. Shalom includes harmony in all these relationships.

Reflection Questions

- In what ways are your community experiencing exile? - How can you imaginatively create pockets of hope? - How can you seek the welfare of your community? - What can you specifically pray for in terms of the welfare of your community?

Training Exercise

Walk in your neighborhood with a friend during this week (aim for at least one session). As you walk talk about the welfare of your community and end your walk with praying for your community.

Blessing for the week

May you seek the shalom of your city with some friends. May you experience God’s dreams for your neighborhood and become a person of shalom in it.

Group Order of Meeting

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