This past Sunday was our Vision Focus Sunday in all our London congregations.  VISION FOCUS 2015 IMAGE

Vision is a huge deal for any group of people who are trying to do something together. If you are part of any of our London congregations, and you missed last Sunday, please do check out your congregations Vision Focus message on our website here.

I had the privilege of sharing at the Hammersmith congregation what we believe “the Spirit is saying to the church in this next season.  I am SO pumped and excited and expectant for what is happening in the church. I invite you to “read the vision, and run with it.” This is going to be an amazing God-adventure year!

Listen to the audio version here:

Or the video below:

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vision focus“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” – Habakuk 2v2-3

It’s our custom here at Every Nation London at the beginning of each year to ask: What is the Spirit saying to the church in this season as a focus? We’re not asking for a new vision or mission. We believe and are confident that as a church we exist “To Glorify God by Making Disciples and Making a Difference, with a call to the City, Campuses, Community & the nations through Church Planting.”  The “Vision Focus” is that thing we hear the Holy Spirit leading us to emphasise, to amplify & empower the mission we are on. It’s that one thing that will make a difference to everything we do. It’s the fresh breath on our journey. It’s tuning in to the Voice of the One we are following.  Come tomorrow, and hear in each congregation what the Spirit is saying to the church. Proverbs 29v18

  • Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint (ESV)
  • If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves (The Message)

What’s your vision focus for 2015?

Writing the mission

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Part One of The Follow Course starts this coming Monday for 4 weeks. Its epic. You’ll never know God in the same way again. Come. He’s inviting you. I’m inviting you. There’s pizza, It;s free!

Details and FREE registration online here.

Here’s a 2-min video with some feedback from the last course attendees…

As we come to the end of our fasting this evening, we are super excited about the all-night prayer evening starting at 8pm tonight (Friday 9 Jan) till 8am tomorrow!

I have just read this in my morning devotions:
“One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.” Luke 6:12

The result: The apostles were called, and v19 says that “and the whole multitude sought to touch Him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.”

I know that its not an exact application, but COME AND TOUCH HIM TONIGHT! 

Pop in for any two hour slot as we will be praying & worshipping through the night from 8pm on Friday 9th, until Saturday morning 8am. with people coming and going all the time.

The the focus each hour will alternate between prayer for a specific area in one hour, followed by worship in the next. See the schedule below as a guideline for what will be prayed for when.

Night of prayer venue

WHERE:  The church office, at no 4 Margravine Gardens, Barons Court, W6 8RH – map here

THE PROPOSED SCHEDULE FOR OUR NIGHT OF PRAYER & PRAISE:

From 19.00   Break the fast with a light meal.

20..00   Welcome and share the vision:  Shining light – the God-colours!   Worship:  Smart Family

21.00  Prophetic Praying for Church, Cities and Nations

22.00  Worship:  Dinachi

23.00  Breakthrough Prayer for students, young people & H’smith Com Javed

24.00  Worship:  DIre

01.00  Praying in the Spirit:  Prophetic declarations

02.00  Worship: Daniel Smart

03.00  Praying for Creative Arts:  Joy/ Breakthrough/ Healing  Audette

04.00  Worship: Dina

05.00  Praying for Transformation:  Market Place, Family: Marriages +parenting,

Society: Injustice:  Trafficking A21 etc.

06.00  Worship: Dina

07.00  Praying for Hammersmith Congregation and prophetic words.

08.00  A NEW DAY BEGINS

Often in a time of fasting you will hear the question “WHY?” coming from all sorts of places, especially from your stomach! What are we fasting for? What is the goal of this fast? What do you want to get out of it?

waterPersonally, I don’t think that fasting should be seen as something to do only when you want to/need to add some muscle to getting a prayer answered. I don’t think fasting is something we add to prayer when prayer alone doesn’t seem to be enough. When Jesus’ disciples couldn’t cast out a deaf and dumb spirit, and they asked Him why they couldn’t but He could, He answered: “This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”  (Matthew 17).  But did Jesus go away and fast before He prayed for her? No, not right there. But it seems that He had a discipline of fasting and prayer. He demonstrated a desire and delight in the Father, that drew Him as the Son of Man to seek out God the Father in prayer and fasting.  Fasting is more a spiritual disciple aiding a desire, rather than being something to add to prayer when prayer alone doesn’t seem to work.

So what am I/are we fasting for?

  1. Personally I am fasting out of DESIRE. A desire for His presence and His power. I desire more anointing and fruit from what I feel called to do. Jesus came out of His wilderness fast “in the power of the Spirit” (Luke 4:14) – I desire that in and through my life. I desire that in our church and in this city. I desire that in our communities and on the campuses and in the nations through our church plants and 1000’s of others needed all across Europe and the world.
  2. Our fast is a consecration, that says to the Lord again: “Here we are Lord, fill us, use us!” Like Joshua, we say “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.”  We expect great things coming up!
  3. I do have a short list of things I am praying for and seeking wisdom about, and it does amaze me how these seem to align and answered as and after we fast. But fasting is for more than my needs, its for my deep desire…

If you are/have/are going to fast for a day or more, what’s your DESIRE?

PS – If you are in London this week, join the Hammersmith congregation for a powerful all-night of Prayer & Praise this Friday the 9th – Pop in anytime between 8pm Friday and 8am Saturday morning. All details online here.

Night of prayer venue

This week at Every Nation London we “consecrate ourselves” to the Lord for 2015, through a few days of prayer and fasting.

“Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow (in 2015!) The Lord will do amazing things among you.’” – Joshua 3v5  

“Consecration is what we do today, in preparation of what God will do tomorrow”  

Consecration is what you do before you start anything, and it basically declares: “Here I am Lord”. When you start any journey / year like this, you will know that God is with you and for you every step of the way.

Fasting

The details are a little different for each of our three congregations, and you can see the specifics on our website here.

For the Hammersmith Congregation, here are 3 ways we encourage you to join: 

  1. CHOOSE YOUR THREE DAY FAST over Wednesday, Thursday & Friday  this week(7-9th). Choose to fast from something – an “appetite” – for each day, either fully, or a particular meal or meals each day.  Set aside time to read and pray each day.   See our 3 day prayer guide here. 
  2. FRIDAY EVENING ALL NIGHT PRAYER & WORSHIP ENCOUNTER.  From 8pm till 8am Saturday morning. Try to pop in for a 2 hour slot during this time. At the church office with alternating hours of worship & prayer all night. Light meal served on Friday from 7 to break the fast.  See details for the evening schedule here.
  3. FOODBANK. Please return the shopping bags handed out last Sunday with item on the shopping lists to support the local Fulham Foodbank at this critical time of the year. Item to be handed in over next two Sundays. See list here.

A few Links to help you: 

  • Missed Sunday’s sermon on The Power of Consecration? Listen here to position yourself for a great 2015!  (Includes a great testimony by Brittany at the end)
  • Some thoughts on Why we fast, and some practical tips for fasting.
  • A powerful FREE EBOOK ebook on fasting, called “The Mystery of the Empty Stomach” – from my friend Joey Bonifacio here. 

For His glory in 2015 and forever! 

We wish you all God’s very best in this season and into the next! 

With much love and appreciation from London

Wolfi, Ali, Amy & Abby

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 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. – Luke 2v10