God cares about cities because God cares about people. As God moves among people, we find them moving into cities: more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, and that trend will only continue. God cares about cities and about this city. As a church, as the Lord speaks to us about Birmingham, we want to respond to his word and pray to the Lord on its behalf, seeking its welfare. We have been in the city of Birmingham since its founding: how will the Lord continue to use us for the welfare of the city?
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 their 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. (Jeremiah 29:4-7)
Thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Hear the prayers of your people, offered through the merits and mediation of your Son our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.