Why I Pray for My City

By: Dom Ruso, Lead Pastor at the180

"The Church is the Church only when it exists for others ... not dominating, but helping and serving."

These words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer resonate with us at the180 as we learn how to deeply care for the needs of our city.

We live in a busy, confused, and quickly changing world where the multitude of questions and ideas around raising a family, navigating a career, and understanding the purpose of our lives can leave us discouraged and overwhelmed. We want to be a church who listens to how these things are changing and loving people as we do so.

I recently wrote an article for Laval Families reflecting on how if we are going to create a community that embraces the future, we have a posture of welcome for changing times and be willing to have our horizons stretched. I invite you to read the full article here.

In the article, I also wondered:

Maybe spreading ideas begins with spreading love and caring for those around us. This, perhaps, is the starting point and foundation of any great and flourishing city.

The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah commended God's people to "work for the peace and prosperity of the city" in which they were living, insisting that his people "Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare" (Jeremiah 29:7). We believe that God has the same intention for us who live in cities today - and that when we seek the welfare, or well-being, of our city - through prayer, working alongside organizations doing good, and loving our neighbours - we too will find our well-being.

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Tonight we will be doing a Prayer Walk at Centropolis. Join us at La Belle et la Boeuf at Centropolis at 8:00pm to pray with us for the city and enjoy ice cream together afterwards.

I also hope to see you this Leadership Sunday at 9:30am for a teaching time with special guest Ryan Graham, Director of Leader Development of the Christian & Missionary Alliance in Canada.