Dear Friends,

     We are just over a week into our 60 day prayer challenge.  How's it going?   If your life is anything like mine, you probably have had some days when it went great, and some days when it didn't go as well.  I will confess to you that there are days when I get distracted.  There are days when I have early appointments that I feel like I rushed my prayer time.  For those days when it doesn't go as well, I just want to encourage you to hang in there, stay the course, keep at it.

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     In time, this practice of morning prayer will become a rhythm in your life.  In fact, it will come easier and easier as it becomes a more natural part of your daily routine.  I see daily prayer in much the same way as I see weekly worship.  I've found that over time, weekly worship has become so much a part of the rhythm of my life that I could not imagine missing it.  In the same way that prayer helps me to get my day off to a great start, worship becomes the foundation of my week.  

     There is something about coming together with your church family that is renewing.  The time spent in community with people I love, and the time spent in worship of the God I love, has a way of restoring my strength and refreshing my hope. In fact, like daily prayer, I believe weekly worship is a game changer!  

     I know that life is super busy and there are a lot of things vying for our time.  But as we continue into this new year, I would like to encourage you to make weekly worship as much a part of the rhythm of your life as we are beginning to make daily prayer.  Together these two make a powerful combination for a great life!

     I also want to remind you that when you gather with your church family in worship, it is more than just a blessing to you.  You are also a blessing to others.  You bring something beautiful, important and precious to all of us.

     Finally, I want to remind us that we are launching our new schedule at our newly combined Rock Church North Shore campus this Sunday.  The new schedule will include two Sunday morning times, 8:30 and 10:45 am along with Tuesday night CR and Thursday night dinner church.

     I look forward to us all being together this weekend as we continue our series "Game Changers."  I promise it will not only be a blessing to you, but you will be a blessing to others.

In Christ,