Today’s Author: Julene Hawkins

Earlier this week with Foundations (PoP’s 6th-12th grade Sunday morning ministry), we discussed advocacy, justice, and God’s call to action in our lives. The youth went around and shared their definitions of these words and shared causes and issues they are passionate about. The youth named climate change, human rights, equality, LGBTQIA+ rights, race and ethnicity equity, animals, health disparities, and more. After some time brainstorming, Cari Gelle joined us to talk about the 2021 Operating Levy for Roseville Area Schools. She shared about her role as a volunteer for the community campaign to establish the funding necessary to continue providing quality education in Roseville’s schools. After Cari shared about her avenues of advocacy such as small group talks, phone banking, and providing educational handouts for interested community members, we continued brainstorming ways we could support the causes the youth were most passionate about. We hope to continue our conversations of advocacy and justice and expanding the ways we move to action in our lives. We invite you to brainstorm with us the causes and actions you are called to, too. 

What causes/issues are you passionate about? 

How are you called to action in your home, community, and the world? 

In the words of one of my favorite songs “Do Something” by Matthew West

I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
I thought, “How’d we ever get so far down?”
And “How’s it ever gonna turn around?”
So, I turned my eyes to Heaven,
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”

Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty,
Children sold into slavery.
The thought disgusted me.
So, I shook my fist at Heaven,
I said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did.” Yeah. “I created you.”

God of justice, we pray for all the issues and causes weighing on our hearts. We pray for advocacy and justice for climate change, human rights, woman’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, race and ethnicity equity, religious freedom, health equity, animals rights, and all other causes we name before you. God, call us to action to seek justice for the marginalized, oppressed, and voiceless. Help us to transform the world around us for the better. In your name we pray, Amen.

“Mid-week devotions are authored by members of our community.  If you are interested in creating a trio of reflections to be shared on an upcoming Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday contact Pastor Peter.