The Beauty of Christ to Broken Places, One Month at a Time: July Update
June 30, 2020

The Beauty of Christ to Broken Places, One Month at a Time: July Update

 As a leader of our staff while Leo is out on medical leave recovering from COVID-19, I wanted to update you on where we are as staff. We have not forgotten how hard it has been, and continues to be, to be pulled apart by COVID. We have not forgotten how hard it is to face the vital conversations surrounding racial unrest in our country and world. We are committed to doing the work of remembering and working as we maintain City Church’s mission of bringing the beauty of Christ into broken places. Right now the scale of hurt and brokenness can feel overwhelming, but then we remind ourselves that we serve a God who is able to do more than we can even imagine. 

As much as we have been trying to make plans, Proverbs reminds us that the Lord's purpose will and is prevailing: “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:2) As we negotiate what that means for our present moment, we have realized that we need to plan in short chunks. In June and July, we usually plan the next twelve months, but this year we find ourselves thinking one month at a time.

So as we look to July, here are a couple of updates. 

  • We have two book study opportunities this summer, which have grown up organically within our community and City Groups at City Church. These are not "City Groups" in the traditional sense, but are still designed to be a forum in which to learn and read together. Both studies will take place on Zoom, and will be open to any and all who would like to join! Both meet Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. You can find more details and sign up here.
    • On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts by James K. A. Smith. How is the Christian practice of confession more relevant than ever? (Hosted by Montrose East Group)
    • Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison. How can the church have a distinctive and transformative response to racism and racial division? (Hosted by Erica and Mark Dibella, Amanda Hudson, and Kim and Kyle Roquemore)
  • Our children and youth coordinators continue to work toward ways to minister to our families. Our youth are gathering virtually and we hope at some point in the near future we can gather safely in person. Sara McDonald is also working on a care package of summer Bible activities to send to all City Kids families.
  • We still hope to gather in July at Bethany Christian for in-person Vespers, and we will update you soon as to when that might be.
  • Zoom communion will be held at least monthly through August.

We remain confident that the gospel is the ultimate cure to all the issues we face. That doesn't mean its answers are always easy or even always clear. We know that many of you may feel overwhelmed by all the potential resources out there, particularly when trying to listen and learn about racism. Some of you have asked us for gospel-centered resources. While the following is not exhaustive, Redeemer City to City, an organization headed by Tim Keller that City Church has been involved with from our founding, has curated a list here. Our staff, with all our varied experiences and resources, is excited to spend some time in our weekly meetings looking at and digesting some of the content on that list this month.

Finally, many of you have asked us how you can help. As the Schusters recover, please help them by giving them space to heal. If you have questions, please direct them to me. You can also help us by letting us know how we can pray for you and serve your family. You can help us by letting us know when we fail you but also giving us the grace to do so. You can help us by resisting the urge to silo yourself—please let us know if you need pastoral care. It is harder than ever for us to know how you all are doing. And you can help us by praying for us. 

Clint Wilson opened our service with a quote from Zora Neale Hurston a couple of weeks ago, and it’s been on my mind quite a bit since: “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” What kind of year is 2020? Right now, I don’t think anyone knows. But I do know that Jesus remains our only and ultimate hope, both in 2020 and in the years to come.