It’s almost here!
On May 4th, 2014, the 2nd Unity in the Community multiethnic worship service will be held at 5:00 pm in the chapel on the campus of Ozark Christian College (for a recap of last year’s inaugural service can be found here).
The theme this year is “Our Father’s Heart for Joplin.” In addition to the time of worship, prayer and communion together, we will also feature community development-minded organizations and hear a challenge from our special guest speaker, Dr. John M. Perkins!
Dr. Perkins was born into Mississippi poverty, the son of a sharecropper who fled the state when his older brother was murdered by the town marshal. But in 1960, Dr. Perkins accepted Christ as His Savior and Lord and returned to his boyhood home to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
A leader in the Civil Rights Movement, a two-time servant on presidential councils, and the author of several books, Dr. Perkins has a testimony of forgiveness, hope and transformation. He is a pioneer of racial reconciliation, a champion of multi-ethnic ministry, and a highly respected voice in the field of Christian community development. In fact, in 1989, he helped found the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA).
Today Dr. Perkins is president of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development of Jackson, Mississippi. He is highly respected and has received numerous honorary citations and degrees from churches, universities and organizations across the country.
Given Dr. Perkins’ passion and years of experience working for racial reconciliation, multiethnic ministry endeavors, and community development and transformation, it is truly an honor having him join us!
Unity in the Community is an opportunity for the Church of Joplin to come together in a visible display of unity across ethnic and denominational lines. The hope for a service like this is to (1) give us a glimpse of the Revelation 7:9 worship that we’ll experience together in heaven, (2) provide an opportunity to fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ that we may not have known we had, and (3) display a persuasive visible unity to the city of Joplin, in keeping with Jesus’ prayer in John 17:20-23.
This year, in hopes of encouraging greater unity within the Church of Joplin beyond one worship service, we will highlight several local, Christian non-profit organizations that need volunteer support. If the Church of Joplin becomes more aware of the opportunities to support these organizations, perhaps visible displays of unity across ethnic and denominational lines can be seen throughout the coming year(s).
So if you are in the Joplin area on Sunday, May 4th, 2014, come on out to the chapel on the campus of Ozark Christian College at 5:00 pm for a great evening of worship – and stick around afterward for an ice cream social at neighboring Landreth Park!
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