Opportunity

This morning at our home church gathering we had an opportunity to continue sharing faith & life as we updated each other on what’s going on in our homes and the places we live, work, learn and play.

There is great peace and increased trust as we invite each other to pray with us about the deep things going on insude of us and all around us. I’m so grateful to see how God is forming us into a community of faith.

As we shifted from sharing and praying to a time of discovering together, we began to focus on Scripture and other quotes related to the topic of dying to self and coming alive in God through Jesus. As we considered these things individually for about 15 minutes we chose to be aware of hearing God’s voice and paid attention to the ways that he was inviting us to respond.

Following this time alone we gathered to share about the experience. For some this was a very new opportunity that was extremely beneficial. For all of us, this gave us a chance to slow down and just be present with God.

When was the last time that you slowed down to simply be present with God? What would that opportunity do for you today?

We Need Each Other

“We need each other. We need friends and community, people we can vomit all over, getting it out, confessing it, and saying yes to the pull of God forward to live whole, integrated lives, where nothing is split or stuffed or repressed or stifled or hidden.”   • Rob Bell

This is my deepest desire for home church. We need each other far more than we can imagine. Welcoming one another into our homes and into our hopes and dreams and fears is a great first step.

Light in the Darkness

Below is a taste of what part of our time was like yesterday morning as our home church gathered together to share faith and life. We began by giving time for each person to share an update since the last time we were together. Afterward we enjoyed an Italian meal together.

PRAYER
Holy God, mighty and immortal,
you are beyond our knowing,
yet we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ,
whose compassion illumines the world.
Transform us into the likeness of the love of Christ,
who renewed our humanity so that we may share in his divinity,
the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who live and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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2 Corinthians 4:3-6
“If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.”

– THEME: Darkness vs. Light
– “Light of the good news” – a reference to what/who?
– “We preach Jesus Christ is Lord” – What can we learn from Paul’s example?
– “The God who said…” – He not only created but is also creating…making all things new.

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Before we read the next passage I want you to look at the picture above that is an artist’s representation of the story of the transfiguration. Spend a few moments with this picture observing the detail and the expressions and what’s happening.
How, as I read the passage I want you to close your eyes and consider the following questions:
– Put yourself in the story.
– What do you see, smell, hear?
– Where in the scene are you located?
– What feelings do you notice?
– What thoughts are running through your head?
– What questions do you want to ask?
Mark 9:2-9
“Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them. Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus. Peter exclaimed, “Rabbi, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials —one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He said this because he didn’t really know what else to say, for they were all terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, when they looked around, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus with them. As they went back down the mountain, he told them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.”
– What is God teaching you/us through these passages this morning?
– What do we do next?
PRAYER
Holy God,
you have revealed the glory of your love in Jesus Christ,
and have given us a share in your Spirit.
May we who listen to Christ
follow faithfully,
and, in the dark places where you send us,
reveal the light of your gospel. Amen.

Home Church

Home Church

Today, LifeStation embarks on a new part of our journey together as we begin to meet in what we call Home Church gatherings. These smaller gatherings, in addition to our twice monthly public gatherings, allow us to share faith and life in so many wonderful, exciting ways.

The BLESS acronym below is a simple way for us to communicate what is important to us as a home church gathers.

➲ Be– present & involved in the lives of others
➲ Listen– to Scripture, God, and the stories of others
➲ Eatin homes & public places with others
➲ Share– stories, opportunities & resources with others
➲ Sacrifice– time, preferences & opinions for the sake of others

One of the exciting things for all of us who are starting this journey in home churches, is that together we have the opportunity to shape what these gatherings are like. LifeStation leadership certainly has some ideas, but they are more general types of items, because we believe that allowing the community to participate in shaping these gatherings will result in a much richer, life-giving experience.

I can’t wait to see how God move among us and draws us closer to himself and each other as we commit to declaring a different way to live life together and share faith and life in deeper ways.