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A Place to Begin


*Join us at 9am on Zoom today for a time of prayer

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  
– Psalm 90:12

If we are honest, most of us will admit that we have experienced seasons when the moments, days and weeks seemed to slip away without us noticing. Perhaps we were absorbed by the busyness of everyday routines, or by a difficult season when mere survival was challenge enough. Regardless, we often look back on these seasons with a sense of regret and the feeling that moments were ‘wasted.’

The book of Psalms (always a great place to start when facing the shortfalls of our humanity and refocusing on God) gives expression to this tendency in a prayer by Moses. He asks God to arrest his impulse to drift through the days, saying:

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

This verse has been the prayer of countless Christians wanting to awaken to each moment they have been graced with. Perhaps today, it can become your prayer, too.

As we begin a month of prayer, fasting, and worship, let’s resolve to be aware of what God is doing. From the outset, let us number the days, tune our ear heavenward and determine that this season will not slip away. That we might have our eyes wide open to see that the Lord is present and active.

PRAY

  • Take 15 minutes to praise, worship and give thanks. Use a journal if possible.
  • Ask God in worship to make you more aware of his presence throughout the day.
  • Set an alarm for 12pm and 3pm to remind you to stop and seek the Lord for a moment.
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Tuesday 11.3


“He raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything”
Ephesians 1:20-22a

You’ve probably heard the reminder before – that no matter what happens, “God is still on the throne.”

In a time when so many are anxious, afraid, and fatigued, when we are uncertain the results of the American election and its consequences, it is critical for us to remember that as followers of Jesus, “our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20), whose rule, reign, and rescue supersedes all human government in love, authority, and power. Whatever human governments may do, or whoever may be at their helm, the kingdom of God will continue to be active, the Spirit of God will continue to move, the mission of the church will stand, the good news of the resurrection will go forth, and the love of God will not relent in transforming hearts and lives. As it was in the time of the early church under the oppression of the Roman empire, it still is now: Jesus remains King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Pray for our faith and dependence in the lordship Jesus to increase.
Pray for his truth, peace, grace, joy, and rest for the tired, stressed, hurt, and worried.
Pray for God’s mercy in response to our idolatry, wrath, and violence.
Pray for healing, and restoration of unity and love where there is division and animosity.

Jesus, we thank you and praise you for your reign of perfect love and power. May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Election Day Events

WORSHIP EVENT | 11.3 • 7-10pm+

On Election Night, as our nation gathers around their screens to await the results of the election, we want to encourage you to join us, in-person or online, for a night of worship and prayer. The gathering will go from 7pm-10pm+. Please feel free to come and go as you wish. *All Covid-19 guidelines will be followed.

You will also be able to join us live on Facebook

ELECTION DAY PRAYER
While the polls are open we are hosting short online prayer times (15min) on the hour every hour from 7am-6pm. You can come and participate or just listen in.

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Tuesday 10.27


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Psalm 33:16-22

No king is saved by the size of his army;

    no warrior escapes by his great strength.

A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;

    despite all its great strength it cannot save.

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

to deliver them from death

    and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;

    he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,

    for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

    even as we put our hope in you.

What are you worried about right now? This is not a rhetorical question. Take a full minute to stop, breathe, and hear your own heart.

When you find yourself worried, afraid, anxious, what do you turn to?

Sometimes we turn to ourselves, attempting to control circumstances beyond us.

Sometimes we turn to a system – social, political, ideological.

Sometimes we turn to another person – someone we have a relationship with, or someone we idolize as a hero who will “fix it”.

Sometimes we turn to a vice – a chemical substance, a comfort food, binging media or entertainment, excessive consumerism, sex – not even attempting to fix the problem, just numb or distract ourselves from it.

Scripture teaches us that the only rescue ultimately reliable to turn to – to trust in – is God.

Hope in Jesus is an anchor for our soul.

His perfect love casts out all fear.

His peace guards our hearts and minds.

Simple, even cliche, but these are sure promises he gives us.

There are many things which can offer us real help and comfort in hard times – these promises don’t deny those realities. But may we not elevate any of them to the ultimate, ever-loving and all-mighty status of Christ our Savior.

Pray that we – individually and as a community – will place our deepest trust in God, and none other.