CityServe West Seattle Part 1
A Baptist pastor, Catholic father and Presbyterian reverend walk into a local pizza house…it kind of sounds like the start of a bad joke. It is actually the start of great relationship and an example of unity in the churches of West Seattle. For about four years, pastors from West Seattle have been meeting on a monthly basis at Zeek’s Pizza in the Morgan Junction to eat, fellowship and pray together. It has been a time to share prayer requests along with vision for their congregations and life. Two years into meeting the pastors decided to hold an evening of prayer at Grace Church where they invited their congregations to pray for West Seattle and the church at large. The first year was well attended- six pastors really drove home the narrative that the church should be unified and rally around Jesus rather than be separated by theological differences. Gatherers for the event marveled at Father John’s (from Holy Rosary) closing prayer of unity and vision for serving West Seattle. Due to the success of the event, the following year Hope Lutheran hosted an evening of prayer, which was another successful display of the Church coming together to pray for West Seattle, the city He loves.
Riding on the momentum of those prayer concerts the collective of pastors, which refer to themselves as the West Seattle Church Collective, decided to put action behind their words. After some initial dreaming and discussion, movement took place to work together to bless two schools in need in West Seattle. There is often-time such great need and the whole community can be impacted when you serve a school- it is a ripe opportunity for congregations to serve their city.
The Collective, along with other appointed church leaders and lay persons, set in motion a service day on August 1st, 2015 for two local schools, Sanislo Elementary and Roxhill Elementary. All Souls Seattle, Bethany West Seattle, Grace Church,Hope Lutheran, New City Church Seattle, Skate Church, Trinity West Seattle, andWest Side Presbyterian will be coming together to bless these schools through simple service. They have named the event CityServe West Seattle. Painting classrooms, landscaping, general cleanup will be on the punch-list for the day.
CityServe is not a new idea we’ve been hearing of stories from Bellevue, Bothell, North Seattle, and Portland of congregations coming together to bless their neighbors. It is a clear example of the Spirit being active in the hearts of men and women to serve and bless where they live. It’s exciting to see this partnership budding and we are looking forward to seeing the fruit that will come out of it. We will report next week, as Paul Harvey would have said, “The rest of the story," so stay tuned.
Please pray this week for the CityServe day on August 1st – for it to be a great time of serving and worshiping in alignment with Jesus’ teaching: “the glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” John 17 22-23