We are at a really important place as a church community in this early part of 2015. We‘re looking forward to where the Lord is leading us: not looking back but looking forward. We’re looking forward to know particularly the plans and purposes God has for us as a church. We have some practical matters in hand – the PCC are taking some time out on March 14th 2015 to begin this process – a process which we will all have opportunity to contribute to in due course. But the Lord has also been speaking about other steps we should be taking that also involve each one of us. Several strands have come together to impress upon us what we should now be doing as a church…
1. Earlier on in January there was a word that we shared. A sense that the Lord saying;
for the year ahead, don’t major on the outcome (what I will do) … major on your heart attitude and your input (what you will bring to me in worship and serving)
2. Feedback from the Sanctuary Meeting in January. The various suggestions about what the Lord was saying was summarised in the verse from 2 Chronicles 7 at the dedication of the temple.
The Lord said, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
… the passage continues.
Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
3. Marcus: asked to take a lead on prayer – speaking to others involved in prayer – promoting prayer – consensus that we need to gather.
4. Independently the Lord drew my attention to this verse from 1 Samuel 9:16:
I have looked upon my people, for their cry has reached me.
The strong sense is that our cry attracts the Lord’s attention. And that’s what we want to be about – crying out to the Lord.
This then is a call to prayer… a call to position ourselves before God; in humility seeking His face; and bringing our cries to Him. We believe that the Lord is calling us to a season of prayer – disciplined, targeted and persistent prayer and so we are introducing a monthly prayer time.
o We haven’t got a name for it yet – but we’ve got a time for it – 3rd Tuesday each month from 7.30 -8.30 pm in Church starting on 17th February 2015.
o We know that’s Half Term week and that other things are happening on Tuesday’s but as it’s well-nigh impossible to find a regular time that doesn’t cut across anything else, we’re going to press on into this at the time as already mentioned.
The focus of our prayer will be God’s plans and purposes for St John’s church community and I’m delighted that Bob Dunnett has accepted the invitation to teach and lead us in prayer on the first of these Prayer times on 17th February 2015.
We are at an important place and time and for the sake of the Kingdom of God and the Lord’s particular purposes amongst and through us we are invited to be get stuck in as we seek the Lord together. This isn’t an easy task but it’s important because it concerns the future of St John’s and our part in Gods purposes.
The staff team are committed to be part of each of these prayer times. Are you? Will you join with us as we seek the Lord together?
More details will follow but make a note of the time and date: 7.30 pm 17th February 2015 and the third Tuesday in the months following.
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