On October 31, 445 BC Ezra gathered the nation of Israel and called them to national repentance. On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg. His first point called the Christians to repentance. Both of these men knew that only the one true God could save their people and nation. On October 31, 2017 we would call ALL at Church of the Word to a day of “pray and fasting” for repentance for our people and nation. Let us follow in the footsteps of these great men of faith and do our part. We will provide guidelines and direction in the next couple of weeks. Plan now to be a part of Gods’ move in this nation.
We encourage all, no matter their age, to join together in a day of
Prayer and Fasting on October 31, 2017
Why should we fast when we pray?
Fasting is a temporary renunciation of something that is in itself good, like food, in order to intensify our expression of need for something greater; namely, God and his work in our lives.
We fast to…..
- Connect With God
In the Bible, fasting is a way to grow a deeper connection with God. It’s a way we show our submission to Jesus and repent for things we’ve done.
- Focus On God
Fasting is about remembering that God comes first in our lives. It helps us practice saying “no” to our desires and saying “yes” to Jesus.
- Depend On God
Fasting is an opportunity to place complete dependence on God.
One of the meanings of Christian fasting is that we are expressing our hunger for the Lord Jesus to come back and to take up his kingship in this world. Our nation needs Jesus just as we as individuals do. Let us join together with God in His work and for His will to be done here on earth as it is in Heaven.
Your fast may be 24 hours, or just one meal. Use this time to pray earnestly for our country and those who live here.
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Vestry Notes (meets 3rd Monday of every month) From the September meeting: We enjoyed a visit from our Bishop The Rt. Rev. John Guernsey. The discernment and search process has started for a new rector.
Hopefully the last major project of the year has been finished. We replaced all of the wood railing around the Church with Vinyl. We will still have touch up work to complete. We are establishing a search committee to help the vestry on the process of finding a new Rector. Please talk to one of the vestry for information.
2018 Vestry requires 3 nominations forms are available for candidate and sponsor to sign. We normally meet once per month on the 3rd Monday for business and pick up some other ministry to help the Church. Nomination forms available.
Love Does by Bob Goff A handbook to practical Christian living wrapped in the life of one persons adventure. $12
Sacred pathways Understanding how God wired you so you can best understand how to worship and serve Him. $10.
Scripture Union Bible reading notes are available for you to pick up for free each quarter. SU also has resources online. Discovery is more for beginners and Encounter with God for more experienced Christians
Essential Jesus bible reading guide $1 each a handy check off list of 100 essential bible passages about scriptures central character.