TEAR DOWN THE FENCES

Pekin First Church of the Nazarene and the PFN Network believes in the biblical mandate to be God’s people that care about, learn about and actively support the cause of reconciliation and justice in our culture and our region, personally and through the ministry of our Church. This area of our website is designed to be a resource to help us all have access to prayers, Scripture, books, insights, and opportunities to be involved in conversation and support of reconciliation around us. This is a beginning place for us that we hope will increase in depth and awareness for us all. We are learning from Pastor Irene and the diverse ministry opportunities we have at Southside Community Center. We started with the Scripture and a message from Ephesians that asks us to consider what it means to “tear down the fences”. We invite our PFN network family to join us on this journey. Let’s learn. Let’s talk. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to teach us and empower us together.

Watch or listen to the sermon that started this conversation about tearing down the fences. Download the sermon notes to follow along.

2 Corinthians 5:18-21

 

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation...

Ephesians 2:11-22

 

...remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise...

Micah 6:8

 

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

We encourage you to pray this prayer with us...

Loving God,


We come to you first to give you thanks for all you do and all that you have brought us through. In light of the world that we are living in, we call upon you in a spirit of peace and protection.


Lord, you remind us through Scripture that we have been fearfully and wonderfully made. We know that you have created us in love and to be loved. But we live in a time where some people believe that the lives of your people have no value. We call upon you to help us, to protect us, and to remind us that the life of each person is important to you. Open our eyes to see and understand how we at PFN can be a catalyst for healing, peace, and true reconciliation. Help us to hear from you Lord to understand our role personally and as a Church in seeking reconciliation and justice.


Lord, we recognize that our world is torn apart with prejudice, arrogance, and pride. We see that there is a breakdown that reveals injustice that is happening around us and for which we must be aware. Help us to learn. Help us to be champions of right and justice. Help the different races to love and understand one another better. Increase among us sympathy, tolerance, and goodwill, especially to those who have lived with injustices produced by our society. Help us to learn to appreciate the gifts that other races bring to usand to see all people as our brothers and sisters for whom Christ died. Save us from jealousy, hatred, and fear and help us to live together as members of one family at home in the world, sons, and daughters of one Father. Teach us and move our hearts in such a way the we will take responsibility for caring for our neighbors and actively supporting change.

Lord, we acknowledge the hurt and the pain felt by people on all sides of these racial issues. We pray that you will intervene and allow the love of Jesus Christ to enter into our hearts and into our society so that we can see that life is a gift from God that we have no right to take away. We know that hatred and vengeance are never an acceptable option to resolve a situation, so we call upon you to give us the guidance we need to make things right. Lord, this is our prayer for peace, justice and reconciliation, the peace that we know can come if we put our trust and our faith and our hope in you.


All of this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you would like to study these topics on your own, we recommend reading these books. Watch for more resources to come.