Can you believe it?! Our first public service. What sweet, wonderful awkwardness, as we spoke and sang, prayed and proclaimed, hugged and hoped—a newly formed family who would have little reason to belong to one another had not the same King won our hearts. What better picture could we have had of this common bond than our service itself? Amidst “technical difficulties” were grace, laughter, and the gospel news proclaimed clear and true. But perhaps none of it was as memorable as hearing our church long for God to provide and for us to respond to him in full: for Jesus to become non-ignorable in this space and in our city. As I have reflected on our people’s prayers, the refrain of one of our Sunday’s carols rings aloud in my thoughts:

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free
From our fears and sins release us
Let us find our rest in Thee

As you think of Calvary Denver today, would you pray this over our family? May this mark our unity and our ambitions for days, for months, for years to come.

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