We rarely stop to consider that Thanksgiving is ultimately a celebration of Christian Mission.
“Of Plymouth Plantation” is a personal record of the Pilgrim’s endeavor recorded by Governor William Bradford, of Plymouth Colony. When describing the motivations for their quest he wrote,
“Last and not least, they cherished a great hope and inward zeal of laying good foundations, or at least of making some way towards it, for the propagation and advance of the gospel of the kingdom of Christ in the remote parts of the world, even though they should be but stepping stones to others in the performance of so great a work.” (William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation)
Think about it, the United States of America exists because of the Pilgrim’s devotion to advancing the gospel and their willingness to play a small role in a much larger story.
City Church Unite shares this same Pilgrim value. CCU exists to nurture the visible unity and spiritual vitality of the collective body of Christ in city contexts. Why? Jesus prayed to the Father that his followers would “become perfectly one” so that “the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me” (John 17:23). According to Jesus, the unity of the Church will result in the advance of the gospel. By focusing our efforts in Santa Clarita and greater Los Angeles, we realize that we are playing a small role in a much greater movement of God. One Santa Clarita Pastor recently wrote,
God has started something here … that will bear much fruit, and it’s because of the vision of City Church Unite.
This Thanksgiving holiday, we are inviting you to pray for God’s blessing on CCU and consider giving a financial gift to support the ministry of City Church Unite. On Thursday, November 22, will you, as part of your Thanksgiving celebration, invest in Christian Mission by making a donation to CCU? We would be honored and deeply grateful for your partnership. We are praying for a blessed day of Thanks Giving.
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As you gather with family and friends to celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday, may God encourage your spirit as you realize that you are a part of the same “great work” that motivated the Pilgrims to risk everything for Christ nearly 400 years ago.
“Thank you for your interest in financially partnering with City Church Unite. We are humbled and honored to serve as stewards of your Kingdom Investment. It is our “heart desire” to care for our partners by nurturing a life giving relationship of ongoing encouragement and transformation. We are excited to participate in this gospel movement with you. Happy Thanksgiving.”