God Is Here
The purpose of the 21 Day fast is to make ourselves present to a God who is always present to us.
No matter where we are, what time of day, or what mood we’re in—God is with us.
Carrying this acknowledgment with us throughout the day,
will help cultivate an awareness of God’s presence in our daily lives.
We are calling our entire church to participate in the 21 Day Fast, sign up today at rhchur.ch/21dayfast
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
Orange County runs at a frantic pace. We often find ourselves worn out as we try to keep up with the relentless demands of culture. But Jesus has invited us into something different: a life of more that is filled with less. His way of life pushes back against the gods of our age, inviting us to jam the cycle of OC culture, and embrace abundant life. As we practice the discipline of slowing down, ask the Holy Spirit to show you where he is at work within you.
Henri Nouwen – The Way of the Heart
John Ortberg – The Life You’ve Always Wanted
Ruth Hayley Baron – Sacred Rhythms
As our 21 Day Fast draws to a close, we’re calling our whole church to join together in worship, prayer, and celebration.
We will be hosting three gatherings with extended worship, teaching, guided practice, and creative expressions of prayer and ministry. These gatherings will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in The Centre at 345 Fischer Ave. from 7-9 PM.
Tuesday | Listen | We will be exploring how God speaks to us through Scripture, visions, words, pictures, and other people. Come expectant that God is going to speak to you and use you to speak to others.
Wednesday | Encounter | We’ll be kicking off the night with extended worship led by One Voice followed by exploring the theme of how we can encounter God. Come ready to encounter God through worship and prayer!
Thursday | Cry Out | Never before has it been more urgent to come together as a community to pray for our Church, Orange County, and the World. Bill Dogterom will be teaching on intercessory prayer and we will have an extended time of worship and crying out to God.
We’ll also have 24/7 prayer sign-ups Tuesday through Thursday. As a community, we want to engage in 72 continuous hours of prayer, crying out to God on behalf of the Church and our world. Sign up today!
Practicing Sabbath is about work-stoppage, disengagement, and rest. As the 21 Day Fast comes to a close, what are some things you’ve learned from this practice that will help shape how you practice Sabbath?
Matthew Sleeth – 24/6
AJ Swoboda – Subversive Sabbath
Mark Buchanan – The Rest of God
Wayne Muller – Sabbath
Abraham Heschel – The Sabbath