our delight in the mission of God,
that the Father so loved our city
he sent his Son to die,
and so loved his people
he sent his Spirit to help.
We long to belong to our city,
its suburbs, its neighborhoods,
and we yearn for God’s will to be done
in Des Moines as it is in heaven
through hospitable rhythms lived by ordinary Christians.
Under the conviction
of the Spirit,
we acknowledge that
we have not imaged God’s perfect love for Des Moines
by what we have done
and by what we have left undone.
In our church’s thoughts, words, and deeds,
we have not loved our city
as we have loved ourselves,
and we invite God’s forgiveness
and our city’s patience.
is the truer and better
lover of our city,
He grants us
to see our vocations as woven into his work,
He endows those whose labor forms our common life,
He empowers those at home who care for children,
He equips those whose creative gifts nourish us all,
He bestows us work and words
to serve with singleness of heart.
for the glory of Jesus &
the joy of Des Moines.
We glorify God by enjoying him,
loving him, trusting him &
with happiness obeying his will,
commands, and law.
His common grace for our common good
demands that our work reflect our love,
worship, and joy in our great salvation.
We ask that he would give our vocations
that our city might flourish.