Monday, March 31, 2014

Bless Minnesota!

Psalm 133 is short but power-packed!  “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity… for there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” (1, 3b)  We are about to experience the blessings of unity in the greater Elk River Area as never before!

During April, May and June, the “church of the city” is coming together at a level of unprecedented unity to participate in the state-wide prayer movement known as Bless Minnesota.  Currently there are 24 churches, more than 30 businesses and 14 community organizations along with key city leaders joining arms to see every street in this region “adopted in prayer.”

The process is simple but the impact will be profound!  Participants go to, plug in their home address, or a workplace address, for example, register a “pin-point” on the Google map of Minnesota as a point of inception and begin to pray for the people and places represented by their street adoption.  As they pray they follow Jesus’ teaching in Luke 10 to:

-        Speak Peace and Blessing
-        Reach-Out and Build Relationships
-        Respond to Needs
-        Share the Love, Presence and Power of Jesus Christ

We call it “prayer with legs” because it is action oriented!  It invites the people of God to open their eyes and their hearts to love this world as God loves it and respond to the needs of their neighbors, co-workers and class-mates with the tangible love of Jesus Christ.  It’s not a program.  It’s a lifestyle!
The local churches, businesses and organizations involved in BlessMN will start by encouraging their own members, employees, volunteers and supporters to “adopt a street in prayer.”  Then, through the circles of influence and various networks that each of us has the vision can be shared with others.  We are asking God to take BlessMN “viral in the Spirit!”

A “BlessMN Launch Lunch” is taking place next Wednesday, April 2, from 11:45 – 1:15 at Rockwood’s Banquet Center to officially begin this 3-month local initiative.  The goal is to bless the communities and people in this region through at least 1,000 new street adoptions during the next three months.  As we partner together we will also establish a “beachhead in the Spirit” and an example that other communities throughout Minnesota can follow.  I can’t wait to hear the testimonies!

If you have not yet “adopted a street in prayer,” please visit today and join this exciting move of God.  I believe that it is going to transform the State of Minnesota.  I am honored to serve as the Chair of BlessMN.  I want to especially ask our Christ Church family for your prayers and to strive for 100% participation as a congregation.  We have been blessed to be a blessing!

Pastor Greg Pagh



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