The Churches’ Night Shift

SF Nighly Mission

I simply argue that the cross be raised again at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town garbage heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write his title in Hebrew and in Latin and in Greek the kind of place where cynics talk smut, thieves curse, and soldiers gamble, because that is where he died, and that is what he died about, and that is where {the Church} ought to be.

George MacLeod

We often refer to Night Ministry as the Churches’ Night Shift.  We want people to know that the Church; as active and effective as it is during daytime and evening hours, does not sleep; and that everyone who needs a word of prayer or blessing, comfort or care, accompaniment or intervention, can receive it no matter the reason or the hour of the night.  And, because it is nighttime, we often find ourselves with the cynics, the thieves and gamblers George MacLeod talks about (see above) and others in places like neighborhood bars, coffee shops and on street corners.   As difficult as it might be to believe if you are one that follows the “early to bed, early to rise” style of living, the streets are teeming with people drawn to the nighttime; and our crisis purchase topiramate uk telephone line is rarely silent as callers seek ways to cope with their grief, fear, anxiety, loneliness, depression, danger, or one of countless other reasons that keep them awake at night.

And so the night shift begins.  We want to bring hope and healing into lives that are hurting.  We want to be a listening presence for those who feel invisible.  We want to support, affirm and encourage those who are down; and challenge and inspire others to change and grow.  We want to share God’s love and forgiveness to those who feel unloved or shamed, and reconnect others with the joy and peace of a life lived in Jesus Christ.  With your continued help no one needs to face a time of the day or night without a place to turn, or without people who are there for them.

Night Ministry has been richly blessed in our partnership with the Sierra Pacific Synod.  Your prayers, financial contributions and donations of items to be shared have enabled us to continue to minister to and meet the needs of those most vulnerable among us.  We are a stronger and more effective ministry because of your support.  Please share Night Ministry’s Crisis Line number with anyone who needs it (415-441-0123), visit our website for more information, and know that we are grateful to be the recipients of July’s Second Mile giving offerings and for your partnership with us as the “Churches’ Night Shift”

Lyle J Beckman, San Francisco Night Ministry