Jesus' Mercy

Lord have mercy.

A neighborhood faces violence and fear. The neighborhood is in transition. New people are moving in. The lives of the people who have resided there for years are being threatened. The people who have recently moved there want to feel safe. Gang violence in Denver, including in this neighborhood, has surged to nearly a five year high.

Lord have mercy.

Parents are afraid to let their children play outside. A simple walk to a friend’s house is out of the question. Laughter is not found at the park. A funeral procession is not safe. A leader in the community is called to preside at funerals, neighborhood chats, gang meetings and press conferences.

Lord have mercy.

Today we take Jesus’ mercy and love and head down to Five Points to join Rev. Leon Kelly for a community party. A celebration for kids and families to know they are loved. An event for them to feel they matter. A party in the city to start the summer off with a bit of hope. Our presence through prayers and physically being there makes a statement that these folks in a different part of the city are our neighbors. And Jesus calls us to love our neighbor.

Jesus’ mercy changes me, we and the world.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 a.m. as we celebrate what Jesus’ mercy is doing in us, among us, through us and how love wins.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16-17

Grace and peace,

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