The 4th of July is a favorite holiday in our home. We typically enjoy way too much really good food, a lot of laughs with friends and family and without a doubt, FIREWORKS.

From our neighborhood vantage point, we are fortunate enough to see several professional displays and of course, individual people all around us sending off their own displays.

There is a something magical about watching fireworks. It could be the connection to my earliest childhood memories. As a family, we went down to the Mississippi River and watched our local fireworks display.

If you are like me, you may have noticed that while watching the fireworks, the world seems to stop. Concerns seem to vanish and childlike hopes and dreams take over our thoughts.

What would happen if we could infuse that hope into our lives 24/7? What if we could be relieved of our anxious thoughts? What if we could move our vision for life from the mundane to the spectacular?

Well, this Sunday we are not going to have any fireworks (at least that I know of :)), however, we are going to have a sermon on the topic of prayer. Prayer is a gift from God that enables us to cast our anxieties on to Jesus. Prayer to the God of the Universe certainly gives us hope. Prayer also raises our vision for our present and future.

So, what if we moved our prayers beyond our own needs and desires and what if the church prayed for our city?

This is week two in our “What if the Church” sermon series. This week I will be swapping pulpits with Pastor Chris Pinion from Lifequest Church. He will be sharing a sermon from Matthew 6:9-10 and Mark 9:14-29 entitled, “Cul-De-Sac Prayer.”

This is a part of a city-wide initiative in which 47 churches are coming together to care, pray for and serve our neighborhoods.

Pastor Chris has been a friend since before we launched as a church plant more than eleven years ago. He has been a constant friend, encourager, and coach and I look forward to each of you meeting him.

Meanwhile, I will be sharing a sermon with Lifequest church out in Belton.