19 March 2020

Special Guest Johannes Reimer

Speaker: Guest

What do we do in a world of crises and conflict?
COVID-19 is now a pandemic. Fear grips many. Events are cancelled. People fight over toilet
paper.
Just a couple weeks ago the news was full of other problems. Business, government,
environmental and Wetʼsuwetʼen and other First Nations positions about pipelines seemed
impossible to reconcile.
These most recent headlines quickly drown out other signs of a broken world: ongoing conflicts
in southeast Ukraine, Syria and Afghanistan – to name just a few. Everywhere people like us
face down fear.
And then, of course, there’s the closer-to-home stuff: a fractured friendship, splintering
marriage, or disagreement with a teacher or boss.
This week we welcome a special guest to KGF: Johannes Reimer – director of the World
Evangelical Alliance’s Public Engagement Department and leader of the Peace & Reconciliation
Network that I serve with in North America. As we’ve been discovering in our journey through
Ephesians, the church is God’s ekklesia – the church, the assembly of the saints, freed and
adopted in Christ, and called to take responsibility for the city. Johannes comes as a brother
who is shaped by this hope profoundly and has been involved in the work of the ekklesia
globally.
We pray, “Let your kingdom come, let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Perhaps we
can grow in being the answer to that prayer this week?
Phil Wagler – lead pastor