NOTE: Thank you for praying for Emma this week. She spent an evening in the hospital with pneumonia, but she is back home and on the road to recovery!

Every Thursday I’ll send a note to your inbox with a devotional thought designed to help connect you with God, information about what’s going on at The Church at Clayton Crossings, and some fun facts to help us get to know one another.

 What I’m thinking
As we get ready for Easter Sunday, I’d like for you to pray for our church and community. The elders have been using these prayer prompts for a couple of weeks, but I’d love you to join us as we go to the Father this week.

Sunday:  Pray that our church is a community of grace and forgiveness. Also, that our church has an atmosphere of love because of Christ’s work in us that allows our church to provide genuine hospitality to all who have or will come though our doors.
Romans 15:7 “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

Monday: Allow time to take inventory of your own life. Ask God what area(s) of your life you might be withholding from Him. Confess these areas of your life and ask God for His forgiveness and guidance.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faith and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Tuesday: Pray that God protects our church, leadership and staff from sin and misdirection. Pray for the willingness and boldness to flee from sin.
Proverbs 19:23 “The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.”

Wednesday: Pray for unity in the Lord’s church. May we be bound together in Christ so the work of the Kingdom is promoted.
Psalm 133:1 “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”

Thursday:  Pray that the Word of God will never be compromised or cheapened. Pray that it will be delivered confidently with power, conviction, clarity, boldness, with love and in truth. Pray for all of the logistics included in every Sunday morning service.
2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

Friday: Pray that our church family will give Jesus authentic adoration, praise, impassioned worship, and glory in private and collectively as a church. May our worship never be a show, entertainment, or talent-focused, but place God as the only recipient of our praise.
Galatians 6:14 “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the work has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

Saturday: Pray for our pastor and staff. Pray that God will protect their families, protect their hearts, and protect their health. This is a challenging season in the life of our church staff. Pray for times of relaxation and renewal to balance the stress of ministry.
Ephesians 6:13 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms.”

What I need to remember:

  • MEMBERSHIP CLASS IS TOMORROW Are you considering partnering with The Church at Clayton Crossings? Join us for our no-obligation Partnership Class on Sunday, March 20 that will give you a peek behind the curtain at who we are and what we do. Here’s the super-short version: we are people who have been rescued by God who are willing to do whatever He asks! Follow this link to sign up.
  • FLYER DISTRIBUTION BEGINS TOMORROW We want to invite more than 5,000 people to church on Easter Sunday morning, and I need your help to make it happen. We’ll have neighborhood maps and stacks of invitations in the back of the worship center tomorrow morning. Grab a map, take a stack, and take a walk around a neighborhood this week.
  • TWO WORSHIP SERVICES ON EASTER SUNDAY We’re going to offer two worship services on Easter Sunday morning (9:00 and 10:30). We’ll have our normal programming for your youngest children (birth–5th grade), so you and your family can plan on attending one service and serving in the other. Sign up to serve at the Information Desk tomorrow morning.

What I’m reading:

What I’m listening to

  • The band and tech team took a field trip last week to Elevation Church in Charlotte. They’ve infected me with Elevation Worship music all week, and it’s really good!

About me:

John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church at Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.

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