12 Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:12-22; ESV)
Lord we so easily forget what you have done for us in Jesus Christ. When we were alienated from you, strangers, far off and without hope, and you brought us near to yourself by the blood of Jesus. When our sinfulness separated us from you and we were at war with you, you brought peace in Jesus your Son. When we couldn’t keep your holy Law perfectly, Jesus did. In him we are made new, united with him, and brought near to you. Through Jesus you have given us access to yourself in the Spirit. We aren’t cast off or estranged, but we now belong to you because of Jesus who welcomes us into your household. And now, we are yours and you are ours, your Spirit indwells us and you are making us holy. Help us to remember who you have made us to be in Jesus. Amen.
*Please pray for the Lord to provide Shore Community church a venue to use for our gatherings. Currently we meet regularly in a home, and will continue until he opens a way for us to meet in a better facility, storefront, etc.
Shore Community Church connects online for prayer typically one evening a week. If you would like us to pray for you or if you would like the Zoom link for the meeting, contact us and we will be in touch.