Week 1. 40 for the Neighborhood. March 6-9

You may want to find a time to pause in your day to pray, journal, walk, listen. These can be done daily or in clusters. Each week we will post scripture, questions and facts. Thank you for journeying with us!

40 for the Neighborhood      Day 1         March 6

"Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:  Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease.  But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

Looking at this text, what is it to seek the welfare of a neighborhood?

Prayer Reflection:  Lord, who do you want us to be in our neighborhood?

How could this land best be a part of who we are to be in the neighborhood?

Know Your Neighborhood: Duwamish or Salish people had a settlement in this area until about 1875 when a longhouse was destroyed in a windstorm by a toppled tree. Deer and elk were also neighbors.

40 for the Neighborhood      Day 2         March 7

“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24 24

What is preventing life from flourishing in the neighborhood?

Prayer Reflection:  Lord, who do You want us to be in our neighborhood?

How could this land best be a part of who we are to be in the neighborhood?

Know your South Lake Union: The area that is now 415 was between two south running streams where 8th Avenue and Boren are now.      

Lord, grant me eyes to see the neighborhood with your eyes of love and justice.          

40 for the Neighborhood             Day 3       March 8

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”  Romans 8:26

Breathe and know the Spirit is praying in, through, with and for you.        

Prayer Reflection:  Lord, who do You want us to be in our neighborhood?

How could this land best be a part of who we are to be in the neighborhood?

Know your South Lake Union: SLU has three parks: Denny Park, Cascade Playground and Lake Union Park.

40 for the Neighborhood             Day  4      March 9

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”John 13:34-35

How would you describe how Jesus loves you? How might you know someone in the Union community better?

Prayer Reflection:  Lord, who do You want us to be in our neighborhood?

How could this land best be a part of who we are to be in the neighborhood?

Know your South Lake Union: South Lake Union is becoming a hub for life science organizations including: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Allen Institute for Cell Science, Zymogenetics, Battelle, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute/Seattle Children's Hospital, PATH, Juno Therapeutics, Rosetta (now part of Merck & Co.), Bio-Rad, and University of Washington Medicine.