Our very own WCV Youth have come together to plan and prepare some open worship evenings for our whole congregation. The heart behind this is to provide a space to come together in worship and to engage in what God is doing among us. We want to nurture deeper relationships with God and with each other. Our next Encounter God Night will be on Thursday, November 29th at 7pm in the Sanctuary. We’d love for you to join us.
Over the past few weeks many people have contacted WCV with messages of love, encouragement and assurance of prayer for all of us. Here are just a few we’d like to highlight for you now.
Joyce Rees (National Council Member and Pastor at Epic Vineyard in Kelowna)
The LORD is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
“In all circumstances we look to the Lord, and our great comfort is that He is close, especially to those who are “crushed in spirit”. My encouragement is that you would keep turning toward Him. Speak honestly to Him. Many are praying, most hours of every day, that you would experience the Holy Spirit’s presence very near to you. We are sending you our love.”
David and Anita Ruis (Vineyard Canada National Directors)
“You are not alone.”
“Hey WCV family,
We just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know we love you and are walking beside you as you journey through this challenging time.
People coast to coast are holding you in prayer. We are coming alongside your team there with as much resourcing and support as we can muster.
You are not alone. We’re in this together. Be assured of our care and concern for everyone impacted, and our deep awareness of the wide range of emotions, reactions and triggers that such events bring to the surface. We are extremely proud of the way you are handling this.
Huge love and prayers.”
David and Anita, on behalf of your Vineyard Canada family.
And this week Provencher Community Church gifted us this painting that was created for our community during a recent worship service. It was delivered personally, with warmth and love. The back is signed, “Standing together with our Vineyard family.”
There are many more messages like this that will continue to be shared.
It was a great weekend. On the whole we were encouraged to pray for others with the authority we have as followers of Jesus – to not be ashamed and “turn up the risk” – to be available and to leave the results up to God. There are stories of people being healed physically and emotionally. We’re only just beginning to see the fruit of this weekend. Robby simply encouraged us to live into what we’re all called to do as Christians. He has his unique mix of gifts, as do each of us. But we are all called to become like Jesus. Part of what that means was demonstrated powerfully this past weekend in prayer for healing and prophetic ministry.
We want to hear from you. Do you have a story to share? Do you have questions about what happened? Have you tried praying for someone and it’s worked, not worked, or something else? what does “worked” mean anyways!? Sometimes weekends like these bring both encouragement and highlight some questions. We welcome both. We want to explore what this means specifically in our context. We want to continue to encourage us to step out and take risks as well as be real, honest and open about our struggles. Let’s talk.
This coming Sunday (Jan 31) in the Upstairs Gathering we are going to have a forum for dialogue and story sharing. You can bring your stories of personal healing, or of prayers prayed for someone else. You can also bring you questions, doubts or concerns. We’re going to talk together and encourage one another and, of course, pray for each other.