Last Thursday Joelle talked about Revive being a beacon, and so with the lighting of the beacons scene from The Two Towers in mind, on Sunday night we spent some time praying around how we might light beacons in the people and places God has put on our hearts.
I tried to scribble down the verses and words people shared, so here are my notes. If I’ve missed or misunderstood or misrepresented anything, please do tell me so I can add or amend as necessary.
vision of a field of people – one starts dancing then another then another til everyone joins in
we can already put faces to groups – opportunity to build those connections
need to be completely comfortable with who we are – being not doing
Micah 4 talks about each person sitting under their own palm tree – everyone has resting place within healthy community
Nadia Bolz-Weber ‘I am the church’ video – we all belong and we all need to know that
Ephesians 2 – reconciliation between people and people and between people and God
we are ready – now we need God to open our eyes and focus us
we don’t know better than God – must follow the nudges even if they don’t make sense
prayer for authenticity and honesty – and for increase in love and compassion
praying for groups is way of praying for city – can change atmosphere if we offer love and relationship wherever we go
sense of being called to support Jamie’s activism
‘my grace is sufficient for you’ – it is God who is big enough so we must be humble but confident
loaves and fishes – small things can have massive impact but nothing happened until disciples went out in trust and started serving
God asking ‘how do I move?’ – from person to person by Spirit
I offer these ideas and pictures back to the community to reflect on and keep praying into as we continue to seek God’s heart and vision for Revive.
And as a reminder, these are the groups of people we felt God had put on our hearts, and represent the places where we may light further beacons.
those with questions
those seeking community
those experiencing loss
those struggling with mental health issues
those suffering under austerity
those seeking healing
refugees and asylum seekers
the Joanna women
our links in Bradford