Tomorrow we kick off our 7th RestoreDC weekend as a church. As of this morning, 93 people from Restoration City have signed up for 150 different shifts with our 9 partner organizations. The work we will do over the next three days is a really big deal for our partners who are counting on us. I also want to make sure they’re a big deal for us as a church.
They say familiarity breeds contempt. I don’t think there’s much chance of that with RestoreDC but I am concerned that regularity might breed indifference. Not even a lack of participation, just a lack of excitement for what God is doing. Kind of a been there, done that, got the t-shirt (literally!) attitude.
That’s why I’m praying God will give us all fresh excitement for RestoreDC. I’m praying we will serve with joy and a desire to bless our community. This is one of the most tangible ways we live out our plumbline to be an undeniable positive as a church. We want to live in such a way that our community is grateful for our presence even if they don’t embrace our theology. We want DC to be better because Restoration City exists.
So, as we head into this weekend, I want to anchor all of us in some texts that fuel my passion for RestoreDC:
- “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” – Jeremiah 29:7
- “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
- “And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.” – Isaiah 58:12
- “They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.” – Isaiah 61:4
- “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9
I honestly can’t wait for this weekend. Let’s pray today that God will exceed all of our expectations over the next three days!
If you’re around Restoration City at all for the next 2.5-3 weeks, you’re going to hear a lot about ServeDC. You’ll find out it’s central to our vision as a church and you’ll find out we really, really want you to be involved in some way. Please, join with us for an incredible 3 days of loving our city by serving our city.
ServeDC is something we’ve done as a church since before we launched our Sunday morning gatherings 2 years ago. It’s a concentrated weekend of service where we mobilize as many people as possible to make as big an impact as possible in a short period of time. We have opportunities for you to serve with 9 local partners starting on Thursday evening and running all the way through Saturday afternoon. You’re more than welcome to sign up for one shift but we encourage you to sign up for more if you can. We’re trying to blitz the city with the love of Jesus!
Lord willing, we accomplish three goals through ServeDC:
- Give you a chance to meet other RCC people outside of your Community Group. That’s why we host a cookout on Saturday evening – it’s a great chance to gather the whole church in a totally relaxed, social atmosphere. It’s also why we encourage you to serve multiple shifts with multiple different groups of people. Break out of your normal crew and make some new friends!
- Connect you with long-term opportunities with local ministry partners. We want you to serve with a partner that’s a good match for your passions and interests. Do something that looks like fun to you and benefits a group close to your heart. And go in open to the possibility that God might call you to be involved in that ministry beyond ServeDC. Who knows? God might use this weekend to connect you with a ministry that will be a huge part of the story He’s writing in your life over the next few years.
- Show our city the restoring power of the gospel. Let’s be honest, when most people think about Christians, “servants” isn’t the first word that comes to mind. But if Jesus came “not to be served but to serve”(Mk.10:45) shouldn’t we be known for the same? After all, He was the One who washed feet and told us to do the same. (Jn. 13:14-15) We want our community to experience the love of Jesus through the ways we serve.
As a church, we talk a lot about having an undeniably positive impact on the world around us. We aren’t just trying to keep Christians busy on a Sunday morning. We want people who’ve never been through the doors of Restoration City to be grateful for our church. There should be much joy in our city because our church exists (Acts 8:8). ServeDC is one small step towards that goal.
And I’m asking you to join with us in having that kind of impact. Please, get signed up now for one or more shifts. It’ll only take you a few short minutes. Click here to join us.