In the spirit of Jubilee, which in scripture was a period of rest for refreshment and fruitfulness, we are planning to not hold a service on Sunday, September 1st.
With the heart of Jubilee in mind, The Gathering Church is declaring a Jubilee Sunday this Long Weekend. This Sunday we will not hold worship at Chandler Mowat Community Centre, but instead encourage you to worship God and enjoy the rest that this long weekend offers.
4. Read the passage again, pausing for at least 1 minute of silence afterwards.
5. Pray to God about that same word or phrase asking what it may mean to you today. What in your life might connect to that word or phrase? What might God be saying to you through His word today?
6. Read the passage a third time, pausing for at least 1 minute of silence afterwards.
7. Thank God for His word that is alive and is, "...useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness..." 2 Timothy 3:16.
You can do this with your family, friends, or alone.
The opportunity to worship outside provides a space for us to encounter nature, to realize that the holy is experienced outside of the sanctuary, and to connect worship with our love and care for creation.
You might choose to walk around your own neighbourhood with a prayer focus to see the Kingdom come more fully in your neighbours' lives, or you may choose to hike a trail stopping periodically to pray for God's Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.
You are encouraged to begin and end your walk with a slow reading of the Lord's Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13, followed by a prayer asking God to open your eyes, ears, and heart to what He would say to you.
Don't forget to bring something to record what you see and hear!