“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city.”

In 2011, we began the year with a prayer walk on New Year’s Day.  Even though it was -18 degrees outside there were about 20 of us that walked around the church community praying for our neighbours.  As the year progressed, these prayer walks became more consistent and by the end of the year they were happening on a monthly basis under the leadership of three of our church members.  Seeking ways to bless our community with the love of Jesus has always been on our minds.

We have also been greatly encouraged by the words of the Lord spoken though Jeremiah to his people in exile:

“This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.  Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.  Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

Some of us at enCompass feel like we are in exile.  Others have experienced exile in the past.  Many of us were not born here in Canada but were brought here as children or adults.  Yes, “brought here.”  We believe that we didn’t merely come to this country but that God brought us here for a purpose.

In the passage from Jeremiah, God is telling His people who are in exile in a foreign country to settle down and seek the prosperity of the city to which they have been called.  God had plans to bring them back to their homeland, but in the meantime he instructed His people to work for the good of the city in which they were living.  They weren’t there by chance, for it was God who carried them into exile in the first place.  The last line in the above passage is very interesting:
“if it prospers, you too will prosper.”  If we want the church in Winnipeg to prosper, then we need to take these words to heart.

This vision and passion for our city has been consistenly growing within enCompass.  Our congregation has been like a greenhouse, promoting a healthy and robust vision for our city.  We would love for you to join us.