How has your week been going? Have you managed to use the prayer texts we’re been sending out and make some time to pray?
This morning I was struck by Ezekiel 36.26. God promises to Isreal that he will put a new heart in his people and fill them with his spirit. As I read I remembered he has already done that. Our identity is changed, our heart is new, his spirit is with us, we are his beloved children.
At the same time I realised lots of us live as though this isn’t true, we spend ages feeling bad or sorry, we forget that we’re not slaves any more. How would you live if you really believed God was you almighty all loving Father? I’m longing for more of his Holy Spirit to be in me and for him to remind me of my true identity.
This weekend Kairos MSC leaders and team will be gathering for our Community of Practice. I’m looking forward to this time and expecting God to do some good things. If you are not coming please do be praying for your MSC leaders, that God would speak to them over the next 24 hours.
Finally don’t forget to come to The Up on Sunday!
We are ending our week of prayer with worship and prayer at the Resource Base from 7pm. I am fully expecting that God will use this time to answer some of our “fill us” prayers. Its going to be a good time – even if you don’t normally come out on a Sunday evening you really don’t want to miss this!
have a great weekend, see you at The Up! Ben.
Next week all sorts of different churches will be responding to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York’s call to pray “Thy Kingdom Come.”
The Archbishops are inviting us to pray for confidence and joy in sharing our faith. Watch the Archbishop of Canterbury explian the idea here:
We want to join in with this wave of prayer! The Lord has been speaking to us about letting him draw our attention back up to him and this week provides a great opporunity to respond.
As usual there will be prayer at 9am and 12noon at the Kairos resource base Monday – Thursday, open to all. We will also be praying as individuals and communities during the week.
To help you pray we’ll be sending out a daily text at 12noon. You could also use these prayer_cards (pdf file, some folding required). Earlier this week Sarah H recorded a short piano improvisation. She says “I played this one lunchtime then looked outside and could see the trees blowing slightly and made me think of the gentle breeze of the Holy Spirit.” Feel free to download this and use it.
As you pray remember the phrases Mark wrote about last week. Wait for Him, Empty Me, Fill Us. May this week be a time that we experience a filling with God’s power as we faithfully wait together.
We will gather at the end of the week on Pentecost Sunday (15/05) for the Up at 7pm. We anticipate this being a powerful time of encounter with God. Do join us there!
I find it helpful to write things down that I am hearing from God – I will often put them in places where I can’t miss them. I want what God is saying to be written on my heart, in my mind, and influence my actions – this is how I ‘feed’ on God’s word – I want to live “…by every word that comes from the mouth of God”. At present above my desk, and hanging up in the Kairos Room where we pray daily are the following words:
Wait for Him Empty Me Fill Us
So often we don’t wait for God. If he doesn’t come with his power when we want we go and work in our own power. And then we wonder why things are hard work or we get exhausted or nothing
happens. If we wait we will be clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49). Without waiting we are like engines that aren’t being lubricated – eventually they seize up. When we wait we find out who God is; the one who sends the Spirit to empower us.
D.L. Moody used to say “Before we pray that God would fill us, I believe we ought to pray for him to empty us.” So often we pray to be filled when we are full of other things – often full of ourselves and our own needs. I find that emptying myself before God means I discover once more the truth of Jesus’s words “For apart from me you can do nothing.” I am brought to humility and God can do something with a person who is humble before him.
Fill US – not fill ME. That’s the problem. We so often think that it’s all about my little world and God helping me to live well within it. The power that compels us to witness to the good news of Jesus comes from the Spirit who indwells us. To pray ‘fill us’ is to welcome a filling of the Spirit that means we get dunamis (power) and exousia (authority) – we get to be witnesses because we get filled.
As we wait we find out who He is
As we are emptied we find out who we are
As we are filled we are commissioned and sent
Join us from Sunday 20th to Friday 25th March as we worship and prayer together.
7pm The Up, a fantastic opportunity to spend some time with God. Led by Linda Maslen and Cath & Angus from Saturday Gathering.
Monday to Wednesday
The Kairos Room will be open for prayer throughout the day.
There will be gathered times of prayer and worship at 7am, 9am, 12pm, 3:45pm and 8.30pm
Passover meals in MSCs. If you are not sure where to go to then you are warmly invited to join Allsorts and Blaze at 7pm in the Kairos Room. Please let Sarah know if you are coming.
We are joining with Harrogate Churches Together for worship at the Cenotaph. Meet at Wesley Chapel at 11:15 to walk or at the Cenotaph at 11:30pm.
2-4pm: Simply Easter – An afternoon of activities, crafts and fun to explore the Easter story.
8:30pm: Night Prayer
At morning prayers this week we have been looking at Colossians 4: 2 -18. There’s lots about prayer in it (as well as some difficult names!)…have a read – it’s really good!
The part that really got my attention was in verse 12 where it says that Epaphras, “is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in the will of God, mature and fully assured.”
It got me to thinking about what it means to wrestle in prayer. To wrestle implies effort, hard work, endurance and even struggle. It’s a wrestling that is not against God, in some effort to twist his arm or change his mind, but a wrestle in prayer before Him, standing on his promises to see His kingdom come more and more. A wrestle in prayer against the things that would get in the way of our relationship with him and with others, a wrestle in prayer against the things of the world, that we would see his kingdom come in our MSCs, in our schools, workplaces and families.
In Ephesians it’s says, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
The battle is not ours – it belongs to the Lord and we get to join in with what He is already doing and wrestle in prayer to see His Kingdom come. What a privilege!
I guess it’s not surprising during Launch week that the Lord wants to encourage us with a word about wrestling in prayer with Him for breakthrough. Who is the Lord asking you to wrestle in prayer for? Let’s be encouraged, stay faithful and keep on praying!
This week Pippa describes a discipline that is currently bringing her life.
I start my day with breakfast, it sets the tone for the day. A healthy breakfast often leads to a healthy day. This Lent I’m also trying to start the day with some spiritual breakfast; I take some time to be silent and focus on breathing.
The Hebrew and Greek words for ‘breath’ also means ‘spirit’. I breathe in the spirit and out what I need to let go of, such as what I’m worried about, what is holding me back or sin. I have found that this focuses me on God. Breathing is something we do all the time, however focusing on this life giving process by taking it all in and giving it all back, reminds us of the surrendering nature of being a living sacrifice to God.
Take the time to breathe, breathe into your belly not just your shoulders. I have found that it is often in the- what feels like nothingness- that God reveals himself beyond my expectations. I spoke on Sunday about the need to spend time with the Father, and how silence can be a good way to do this, don’t turn it into a complex thing, just be with Him and Breathe.
Pause…breath in…breath out…do this 10 times.
Draw close to the giver of life, focus on the Spirit being with you and in you today.
Throughout the day at those moments of tension, rushing, uncertainty, anger, frustration, as you grab a bite for lunch, have a spiritual snack, go back to the source of life.
Breathe with Him.
From Sunday 29th March to Sunday 5th April we will be drawing together to worship and pray at the Kairos Resource Base.
We will be reflecting on the week before Jesus’ death and resurection. We will be using the stories of those days to prompt worship and prayer for ourselves, for our church, for Harrogate and for the world.
There will be 24 hour prayer from 9am Tuesday 31st March – 9pm Thursday 2nd April. The Kairos Room will be set up as a prayer room with different resources to help all ages pray and enter into the Easter story.
You can sign up to pray for an hour or more here: 24-7prayer.com/signup/9cb70f
Throughout the week there will also be gathered times of prayer and worship including:
The Up: Sunday 29th March from 7pm.
Morning Prayers: Monday to Thursday at 9am.
Holy Week Meditations: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2—3pm.
Evening worship: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8-9pm.
Simply Easter Gathering: Friday 3rd April, 10 – 12pm.
Hour at the Cross: Good Friday, 2-3pm.
Easter Sunday Celebration: Sunday 5th April, 10am.
Join us as we journey through Holy Week together.
The Feast is our annual celebration of all that God is doing at Kairos! This year we are holding two events:
Feast Night of Prayer: Friday 10th October to Saturday 11th October – 8pm til 8am
We will be praying in the Kairos room from 8am to 8pm: you could come to the whole night, half the night, or just a couple of hours.
There will be prayer resources and space for you to encounter God on your own and in small groups. There will also be led prayer every hour.
Have a look at the times below and decide how much you can commit to.
If you can’t make it to the time when your MSC or team is being prayed for don’t worry too much, come along at another time and pray for someone else.
8pm – 9pm Opening worship and waiting on God.
9-10 Prayer for Youth + Blaze MSC.
10-11 Prayer for MSCs: Allsorts and Stuffers and also for people connected to the 9am Communion.
11-12 Prayer for Wider Network.
12-1 Worship and Waiting on God
1-2 Pray for MSCs: Links and Resurrection Bikes
2-3 Pray for the poor and marginalised.
3-4 Pray for Children and Families
4-5 Pray for MSCs: Family and Young Adults
5-6 Pray for the Nations
6-7 Prayer for Breakthrough
7-8 Worship and close
Feast Sunday: 12th October
10am – 12:30: Whole Kairos Gathering
There will be time to worship and share communion together. We will be celebrating what God has done and listening to the things he is calling us to for the coming year.
Please do prioritise being there.
We will continue the celebrations with lunch with the whole Kairos family. The more the merrier; just tell Rachel you are coming and she can make sure there is plenty of provisions!
Please note there will not be a 9am Gathering in the Kairos room to enable everyone to be able to join in the whole Kairos Gathering.