Beacons

Posted: April 21, 2016 by leighannegreenwood in Uncategorized

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

children

teenagers

students

recent graduates

elderly people

LGBTQ people

refugees and asylum seekers

the Joanna women

Left Bank

our links in Bradford

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