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Mailing Address: 219 E Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
What a bitter, frozen day it is today! I hope you are inside and warm, able to stay off the roads. I’m glad Colorado is getting this out of the system before our ECO National Gathering next week.
One way or another the church will always carry on. How many moments in history threatened the end of the church? But she walks on. How many times has the church been persecuted by governments, pushed out by cultural hostility and pressed upon by secular ideologies?
We are in a challenging moment as a church. First Pres has declined in influence and impact over the last decade despite a growing city and population in Colorado Springs. While we have seen a recent uptick in engagement, the last ten years tell a story of significant slide and decline. We can carry on, and we will persist, with Christ Himself at our head.
We believe Christ is calling us today to be Light and Life for the City. We are to be the city on a hill, sharing the Light of the Gospel and demonstrating the Life brought by Jesus Christ. We are witnesses and embedded emblems of the City of God—the Kingdom at work in us that brings truth, goodness
Sunday we gather for a new thing: Vision Sunday. I will have the privilege of sharing a bit of what we in leadership have heard the Lord calling us to do and be in this next chapter. It’s exciting! Colorado Springs is growing. Our two modes of worship are thriving. First Pres Fellows, Life Groups and Family Ministries structures are promising a great new chapter. But the main question is this: First Pres is a great place for Christians; can we also be a great place to meet Christ? The only way out of the ditch is to take on the mantle of evangelism, to be Light and Life for the City, sharing the good news of Jesus.
We have worked to make the Sunday morning experience the best it can be. Our design teams and worship teams have labored to bring consistent excellence to the environment and experience of Sunday morning worship. We have created
Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding. – Psalm 148:7–8
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