Mark 4:26–34

The Kingdom of God is an invisible kingdom.

 

Bulletin for: 
Sunday, October 16, 2016
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Pastor to People: 

Whatever we sow, that also we will reap (Galatians 6:7).

Continuing to reap faith, hope, and love

Last month I overviewed a three-part plan to help us live out the gospel during a contentious election season. As the spiritual leader of Stone Hill, I want us to rise above the clamor and truly be the Church,  the hope of the world, and a light to the nations.

As we move towards the end of Phase 1 (September 6 to November 1), a period of General Preparation, let me review where we are:

  •  September 22, launched 40 Days of Prayer, a daily “twext” initiative that leads up to the November 8 election.
  • September 23, 50 women gathered for Cry Out!, a simulcast that united thousands of women, crying out to God for merciful intervention.
  • October 7-8, over 150 people gathered for the Gospel Coalition Conference to go deep into Ephesians 1 and 2,  “The Church: God’s Glory.”
  • Sundays, October 9, 16, 23, the morning messages are retooling us on how to live as citizens of God’s kingdom of light.
  • Sundays, October 30, November 6, 13, 20, an adult education class (9:30) focuses on “Two Cities: living in our time with authentic faith, hope, and love.”

As Phases 2 and 3 approach, here are the main initiatives:

  • Phase 2, November 1-8, a week of focused prayer and fasting:
    • A general call to the congregation to fast and pray in homes, small groups, and church meetings.
    • Special prayer meetings currently include:
      • Young adult prayer: Thursday, November 3, 8:00 PM
      • Men’s prayer: Friday, November 4, 7:00-9:00 PM
      • Youth prayer: Friday, November 4, Youth Group, 6:30 PM
      • An all-church prayer meeting will be held on Monday, November 7, 7:00-9:00 PM, for “Worship, Listening, and Rest.”
  • Phase 3, November 8-22, receiving the election results with faith, hope, and love:
    • Sundays, November 6 and 13, a sermon series on Titus 2:11-3:10, God’s grace and our citizenship
    • Sunday, November 13, an interactive luncheon with Dr. Micah Watson, former member of our congregation, Professor of Politics at Calvin College, MI, and a recognized expert on Christian engagement in the public and political squares.