Gaining Momentum & Monthly Worship
By: Daryl Meese
Woven Community Church is moving ahead quickly. We are in the midst of weekly church plant meetings, launching our first Gospel Community, and preparing for our first monthly worship gathering on September 18th.
If you are in the St. Louis area, we invite you to join us as we follow Jesus across the boundaries that sin and this world use to divide us. We invite you to come to our Sunday night church gatherings and our first worship service. I invite you to meet with me and learn more about the heart of the Woven Community.
If you are supporting us from farther away, please know that we find great comfort in your prayers and continued support as The Woven Community takes root and emerges to proclaim the Glory of God through Jesus Christ.I am incredibly excited and humbled to be planting Woven Community Church. I am excited because I finally understand how God has intended to bring together the three elements of my calling: discipleship, missions, and diversity. I sensed these three elements would come together differently but I did not know how until September, 2014.
That September I sat in prayerful anguish over ministering in a manner worthy of my calling, especially in Ferguson after August 2014. I pleaded with God for an understanding and a way forward.
God answered by giving me the understanding of discipleship as “following Jesus across the boundaries that sin and this world use to divide us.” He also reminded me of my love for Ecclesiastes 4:9 – 12 and poured a passion into my heart to see diverse lives woven together around the Christ Life as he forms us into a strong and beautiful tapestry of God’s love.
I am humbled because God has allowed me, even designed me, to do this work. Calling people to bring their lives together around the life of Christ Jesus with my words and my actions and watching Him work in the midst of us is amazing. It is humbling to know that God chose to allow me to not only witness his great work, but participate in it.
May our lives be guided by Christ Jesus,
By: Daryl Meese
"Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained,
but happy is he who keeps the law."
All of us have heard the phrase, “The Ferguson Effect.” The media says that our city’s contribution to the nation is to embolden criminals and subdue law enforcement – they say our legacy will be lawlessness.
We know what they say our city is doing to the nation.But I do not want to know what you think about what they say! I want to know what you want “The Ferguson Effect” to mean in five or ten years. If you have your way, what will people say Ferguson has done with the opportunity thrust upon us?Where there is no vision the people perish (are unrestrained). So, what is your vision?
I believe Ferguson was chosen for this work because its citizens are strong enough to suffer these setbacks, absorb the pain of these trials, and become a shining example of reconciliation and restoration.
I see the people of Ferguson courageously addressing not only the systemic issues being uncovered, but the lack of relationships that make it so easy for systemic issues to take root and go undetected, or for motives to be assigned where they may not actually exist.
I see the people of Ferguson crossing the boundaries that divide us, developing understanding and strong relationships, reconciling through repentance and forgiveness, bringing justice and mercy together, and becoming a beacon of reconciliation and restoration for the world.
I see all of this happening as we allow Jesus Christ to lead us across the boundaries that sin and this world use to divide us.Jesus will teach us to love our neighbors and strengthen us for his ministry of reconciliation, which he has entrusted to us, perhaps especially to us here in Ferguson.
That is my Ferguson Effect. I will not surrender the “Effect” of our city to the media or anyone else. I will not simply wish for The Ferguson Effect that I prefer. I will diligently seek it and call my fellow Ferguson and North County citizens to join me in moving Ferguson Forward.
Worship: Promises, Promises
Trusting and Following God Through Uncertain Times
Beginning September 18th
5:30 p.m. @ Ferguson Christian Church.
303 N. Elizabeth Avenue
A meal will be provided.
The Bible is full of promises: from god and from people, kept by God and broken by humankind, fulfilled and still in process. Join us as we launch Woven Community Worship by exploring how the promises in the epic story of God can help us navigate the turmoil of uncertain times.
Woven Community Meals
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
@ Ferguson Christian Church
303 N. Elizabeth Avenue
Every Thursday the Woven Community, in partnership with other local churches, hosts a community meal. During the meal there is community building discussion and, often, a short presentation from a local agency.
After the meal everyone is invited to stay for ministries such as our Ferguson Forward learning sessions.
You're Invited! Come for the meal, stay for the community.