Field Notes – 30/11/T
At our prayer meeting last night we prayed for the work of the FIEC, the family of independent churches Banstead Community Church belongs to.
The way we structured our hour long prayer meeting was to divide the annual review video they produced into 4 parts, and after watching each part, several people prayed for the aspects of FIEC’s work covered in the video using the prayer points given in the Leaders’ Conference brochure.
“The same God that provides the inheritance provides the heirs. He that has prepared the holy land prepares the holy offspring. He that gives glory gives grace to make us fit for glory.” (Matthew Henry)
Here’s the first main session from the FIEC Leaders’ Conference – Thabiti Anyabwile on Acts 2:41-47.
For those who follow the liturgical calendar, The Village Church has produced a resource called Seasons, which has a Bible reading plan, devotionals, reflections, songs and prayers for advent, epiphany, lent, Easter and so on…
“If you call your study an office, the people in your church will have a certain set of expectations regarding what you do during the day.
Offices are where people make phone calls and type emails and have meetings.
But if you refer to the place where you work as your study, you and your congregants will gradually come to have a different set of expectations – expectations more in line with the sort of work done by a pastor who understands the important role that theology plays in the life of discipleship and formation.
The room with all your books, the room where you read the Scriptures, pray and write – that room is your study.
Start referring to it as such and your people will come to expect that prayerful theological reflection is part of your calling.”
[Whether or not this is the case, I’ve found it helpful to have a place where I do office work which is not my study]
If you have a spare moment, you might enjoy listening to this interview with Dick Lucas – your favourite preacher’s favourite preacher!