Some friends of ours in New Orleans, Vintage Church, are leading out to cultivate for unity among local church expressions there much like what we are praying for and cultivating for here in West Orange County. One of their musicians, Jake Smith, who happens to be a top recording artist on iTunes, along with one of their very talentedgraphic artists and videographers put together this original song and video. It is well worth watching.
May we all as followers of Jesus as His church together take seriously what He prayed in the Garden the night before He would suffer and die for our reconciliation and restoration. And may we actually live as an answer to His prayer, demonstrating the reconciliation and restoration and enduring love of our gracious God, so that the world will know and believe in the One who was sent.
18 In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world. 19 I’m consecrating myself for their sakes so they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission. 20I’m praying not only for them but also for those who will believe in me because of them and their witness about me. 21The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, so they might be one heart and mind with us. Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me. 22 The same glory you gave me, I gave them, so they’ll be as unified and together as we are—23 I in them and you in me. Then they’ll be mature in this oneness, and give the godless world evidence that you’ve sent me and loved them in the same way you’ve loved me. [John 17:18-23, The Message]