Weekend Reflections: A Spiritual Process on 12.5.10

The Second Week of Advent

This service began a bit differently.  Alan Tripp, a part of the South Barrington congregation blessed us with a beautiful 10 minute Christmas medley.  This is something we’re doing throughout the month of December to help us leave some of the “hustle and bustle” of the Christmas season at the door and begin to slow down and focus on the Advent of Christmas.  As the service began, our hope was that as one church we would be able to gain clarity on the 245 Campaign (the relocation of our Care Center and CARS Ministry to the South Barrington campus).  But more than simply gaining clarity, we want this to be a spiritual process in which each individual and each family in our church engages.

We began by singing O Come All Ye Faithful and Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing as a sort of Advent Invocation inviting the Holy Spirit to lead our time together.  Heather Larson, our Director of Compassion and Justice helped us understand more specifics behind the need for the relocation.  For more information about the campaign you can go to HERE.  After hearing a few stories of how some in our community have already begun to respond, we spent a few moments asking God to break our heart for what breaks His…asking that God would shine his light through our church in a powerful, new way.

This spiritual process is much greater than what we experienced in the service.  Even as you’re reading this we invite you to take the next step in your spiritual process.  Here are 3 simple steps to guide your process:

1. Resurrender. Take stock of the resources God has put in your hands, and acknowledge that all you have comes from Him.

2. Listen. Ask Him what He wants you to commit to the 2:45 Vision. Then listen. God will speak to you if you quiet the noise in your life and earnestly seek His guidance.

3. Obey. When you sense He has answered, be courageous and follow through. John 10:27 says, “My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.”

This is a process that we invite you to journey with us.  To receive the 2:45 Prayer Prompts, send pray245 in a text message on your mobile phone to 62953.  Also, you can follow the prompts on Twitter, or ‘Like’ Willow on Facebook.

May this spiritual process be a significant part of your preparation this Advent Season

Matt

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 12.08.10 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience.

One Response to “Weekend Reflections: A Spiritual Process on 12.5.10”

  1. I would love to know where to find the ‘break us’ song, that the trio sang, to download or just listed to online.

    Posted by Amanda on 12/13/09 December 31st, 2010 at 3:44 am

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