As we close out the first month of the year, I'm curious how you're doing with the 40-20-10 challenge (40 weeks of the year in worship, 20 days a month reading Scripture, 10 minutes a day in silence and prayer). Some of you have shared with me over the last few weeks how it's been a great way to provide some structure and accountability to your spiritual formation and that you are growing in your faith. One person made a point of telling me after the first week that she was taking me up on my challenge and this would be a huge step for her. This past Sunday, she came by with a big smile on her face and said, "That's four in a row!" I love it!
This Sunday we will begin a new worship series entitled "Teach Us to Pray." This series will be a dive into the rich, meaningful words of the Lord's Prayer, the model that Jesus gave his disciples when they asked him how to pray. For each of the four Sundays in February, we'll look more closely at a small section of the prayer, discovering what each one has to teach us that can deepen our prayer life and our relationship with God. I look forward to seeing you in worship!
Next Wednesday, February 6, three Trinity traveling companions and I will be leaving for Rwanda. We will be there for a week visiting our ZOE kids and seeing firsthand what they are learning through the three-year leadership development and empowerment program our congregation is funding. Beginning with a link in next week's Tuesday Word, I'll be posting a daily blog that you can follow during our time there (subject to internet access). You can go here to learn more about ZOE.