From Many One

From Many, One is the slogan of our nation.  It’s printed on the great seal of our nation and on our money.  You’ve probably seen the Latin version of the phrase, e pluribus unum.  On Sunday we weren’t talking about our nation per se.  We did spend some time on our nation and the struggles that we are facing right now.  This is the prayer that was offered in Sunday’s Message.

Heavenly Father, you control all things for the good of your church.  We are worried about the events of this world.  We are worried that COVID will return taking even more lives in the process.  Protect us and our nation from COVID and all who would do us harm.  Bless our leaders who govern us – President Biden, Governor Cooper, and Mayor Joynes.  Give them wisdom to make decisions that will be a blessing for us.  Help us to 3:18b to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.  3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory and power forever.  Amen.

Some of that prayer that we offered up to our Father in heaven are verses taken just prior to our text.  Listen once more to the first verse.  As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Paul is making a shift in this letter to the church in Ephesus where he spent more time than any other.  And as the first phrase reminds us – he is a prisoner – a political one.  That doesn’t matter.  He isn’t about to give up.  I know that after way more than a year some of you are tired.  Do you want to give up?  God doesn’t give us that option.  Check out the road map that God give us as we go forward as one church in our message from Sunday, From Many, One.