On September 15th, 2019, we will gather for our first public gathering at Famee Furlane, located in the heart of Hastings/Sunrise. In preparation for this launch, we have been a busy people:
Many of you have joined ministry teams and have already begun serving one another in various capacities during our Sunday afternoon prelaunch gatherings.
We’ve spent time through formal and informal teaching sessions learning the values, vision, and DNA of Christ City East Vancouver.
Community Group leaders have been busy reading, getting trained, and meeting with people as they prepare for their work to care and lead those in their group.
A number of you have been inviting friends to barbecues throughout Hastings/Sunrise and engaging with people in the community.
Amidst all of the busyness of this prelaunch season it can seem that the completion of the mission and vision of Christ City East Vancouver is up to us. That it all depends on our scheming, planning, and wisdom. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Bible is unrelenting in its reminder that unless The Lord shows up and works among us, this is all in vain.
Psalm 127 famously begins:
Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
That’s why August for Christ City East Vancouver will be a month of prayer and fasting. We need Jesus’ Spirit to establish this church if we are to reach Hastings/Sunrise with the gospel. Practically, this will look like three things for us as a people in August:
- First, our pre-launch gatherings will look different. Instead of a typical response time following the sermon, we will respond by praying in small groups about something specific.
- Second, during the weeks of August various homes will be open for evenings of prayer. Stay tuned to our social media accounts, Realm, and our Sunday morning announcements for details about where those homes will be.
- Finally, we’ve created a Google Document where you can sign up to pray, along with people all over Canada (and the world) for an allotted period of time during the month of August. You can find the document HERE. All instructions about what this time of prayer can look like can be found there.
Personally, this month of prayer and fasting could look like a number of things. Maybe it means you give a few evenings a week to seeking Jesus in prayer. This could be done by yourself or with a few others. Or perhaps it looks like you fasting from certain technology or food. If you’ve never fasted before please take a look at this document we publish each year during our city-wide week of prayer and fasting in January.
If you have any questions about this or would like to talk more about what this could look like, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, we can always chat on a Sunday.
Together let’s seek The Lord for great and glorious things for his namesake in Hastings/Sunrise and beyond.