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10 DAYS of Prayer, Fasting, & Worship – October 2-11, 2016

The following is the schedule for the Boston North Shore. For more information about this call to prayer and to see if there is one in your area please go to 10days.net 

7-9 PM Evening Locations for Worship, Prayer and Communion

North Shore of Boston Fall 2016 Schedule

Sunday Oct 2   –          Dane Street Church, Beverly

North Shore Messianic Fellowship~ Bill Siegler

Monday Oct 3 –          Immanuel Church 140 Bridge, Beverly

         The Harbor & Immanuel Church                                                                       ~ Brian Carlson and Sarah Frank

Tuesday Oct 4 –          180 Western Ave. Essex

Emmanual Community Church~Jim LaFontaine

Wednesday Oct 5 –     556 Cabot St. Beverly

         Christian Renewal Church ~Scott Smith

Thursday Oct 6 –        300 Cabot St. Beverly

            Pilgrim Church~ Valerie Crisman

Friday Oct 7 –           63 Jefferson Ave. Salem

           Ignited Church & Wesley UMC ~John Leger Art Savage

Saturday Oct 8 – Not scheduled

Sunday Oct 9Please take this time to worship at your church in the morning and rest in the evening

Tuesday Oct 11 – 26 Newburyport Turnpike (Route 1), Rowley

The Bridge ~Wendy Davis and Drew McGee

**Wednesday Oct 12 Whole day in Northfield, MA for RESTORE ~ Jonathan Friz**

Invitation to Restore: A New England Convocation on October 12, 2016

RESTORE

Invitation to RESTORE October 12, 2016

The following is an invitation to an historic gathering called RESTORE, in Northfield, MA. Please read, pray and come if you can. This fall 10 Days of Prayer, Oct 2-12, promises to be special!

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Dear Friends,

I invite you to reserve the date of October 12, 2016 for Restore: A New England Convocation in Northfield, Massachusetts to celebrate our unity as the Church in New England, and to seek God’s greater anointing for ourselves and our communities. We will come together on that date to worship and pray, to lift the name of Jesus together, and to intercede for our nation in a time of extraordinary need.

We have chosen the Northfield location because it is central to many ministries and congregations, because it takes us away from the usual Boston locations of past meetings, and especially because of the huge historical significance of this place.

As many of you know, The Northfield/ Mount Hermon campuses were founded by the well-known evangelist and apostle Dwight L. Moody in the late 19th century. Northfield especially served to unleash the Student Volunteer Missions Movement and for many summers served as a gathering place for college students from campuses all over the United States and the world. The spiritual conferences that took place there brought together the most famous Christian leaders and speakers of their time, such as A.J. Gordon, John R. Mott, A.T. Pierson, and Andrew Murray.

For decades Northfield embodied the spirit and anointing of the great evangelist and incorporated the salient elements of his vision–his passionate love for souls, his acute sense of social justice, and his inclusive attitude toward women in ministry, children, minorities and the poor. In many ways, Moody was ahead of his time, establishing enduring institutions such as the YMCA, Moody Bible Institute and Moody Press. Moody was the quintessential spiritual entrepreneur, toiling incessantly to advance the interests of God’s Kingdom, and seeking fresh, creative ways of communicating the Gospel to a rapidly changing world. I cannot think of a better model for the Church in our time.

As you can see, Northfield is pregnant with spiritual significance. It truly is a sacred place, inspiring profound reverence and even awe, especially to those who are familiar with its extraordinary spiritual history. Holding an event there highlighting unity, worship, prayer and revival is a marvelous way for the New England Church to keep alive the sense of fellowship that has held us together through all these years, as we’ve done our part to hear God’s voice in this spiritually challenging region. It is also a way to celebrate Moody’s spirit and legacy in a timely way, and to reinforce those values among ourselves.

The Restore gathering will take place in the middle of the week, on a Wednesday afternoon and evening. We’re aware that this represents a potential challenge for those coming from a distance, but for many different reasons this seems to be the only feasible date that we have available for this year. It also happens to coincide with the end of 10 Days of Prayer.

I do believe that the potential significance of this meeting justifies an extraordinary effort. Many things are happening regarding the Northfield campus. The National Christian Foundation that presently owns the campus is initiating a major effort, called The Moody Center, to promote the ideals of D.L Moody.  The Moody Center is partnering with us for the October 12 event, and officers of it will attend. It’s a great opportunity to start exploring opportunities for ministry around this intriguing project.

So, there you have it! Please forgive the long missive, but I want you to have a clear sense of the importance of this initiative. I strongly encourage us all to reserve the date, and to put forth that extra amount of energy and effort to attend. Please encourage your congregations and friends to attend as well. The Northfield auditorium, where the event will be held, has great prophetic significance, and so will the event itself.

I look forward to seeing you on October 12 as we gather as the New England church to Restore a key aspect of our collective inheritance!

Roberto Miranda

Senior Pastor, Congregation Lion of Judah, Boston

Co-Founder and Convener, New England Alliance

Transition: Coming Through The Tunnel

First in my new home

First in my new home, the end of a long transition.

This picture shows my plant and my small ceramic elephant as the first two objects  in my new home with a storage Pod outside. It has been a long, transforming transition.

In November of 2014 my mom died, I stayed in Florida most of the time through April on 2015 to close out her home. Then in July 2015 I put my house on the market. There were complications and it did not sell right away.

I found a new Condo to buy and waited for it to be built. The first closing date was  December of 2015. The ground was barely broken by that date as it came and went. My home of 19 years finally closed on 1 March, 2016. There were complications and my new home was not yet ready.

I moved in with friends and waited. The next closing date came and went. I was able to move into part of the model condo immediately next to mine under construction. There were many complications and several more closing dates came and went.

I felt like I was in a long, often dark, tunnel with a light at the end that grew. The light at the end of the tunnel expanded at different speeds, almost stopping at times. The process of  my character development over these past years has been a mixture of life and death. Not so much in the physical sense, but certainly in the spiritual sense. I experienced death to myself as my expectations were not met, but light and life as I learned to yield to God’s best timing.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Now I am through this transition tunnel! New things are beginning. I think I will be learning from these particular twists and complications for the rest of my life. It was not easy! But I am grateful to be in this space that the King of Kings has given to me to live in and use for His purposes.

I strongly believe it is worth the wait.

 

Temple Worship

Saint Peter's Cathedral, London

Saint Peter’s Cathedral, London: A man-made temple.

Temple is not a word we use very often these days. It is a place devoted to worship. We are created to worship our Creator. It is in our DNA to worship. We gather together in buildings or even outside to worship corporately.

We do not need the HUGE buildings, but there are times they can be a beautiful way to attempt to show our love for the One who made us. We owe our  Creator everything.

The Word of God is clear about coming together to worship as an important part of life: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25

“One thing have I asked of the Lord,  that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
    and to inquire in his temple.” Psalm 27:4

Beyond amazing architectural wonders like Saint Peters, the Bible also tells us our physical bodies are temples:

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,” 1 Corinthians 6:19

We are made to worship our Creator continuously in our own skin. Again, it is in our DNA. What might it look like? Taking care of our physical bodies is one important way. I also contend it includes looking around us to see the wonders of around us.

Endless vistas and display of light

Endless vistas and display of light

The wonders may be endless vistas with displays of light. Or we can wonder at the details that keep life going.

A bee propogating life

A bee propagating life

May we always keep our worship with us! Whether we are in a cathedral or store front church, under a tree or the open sky, let’s join the cry of King David:

“that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
    and to inquire in his temple.”

Grateful For Uncertainty

The last year of my life has felt like a giant, long test in the area of living with uncertainty.

The fog of uncertainty

The fog of uncertainty

I’m waiting for my housing to be completed. The date has been pushed back again and again over the last eight and a half months. And it was just pushed back again yesterday. Before these last six months it was the eight months it took to sell my old house that was a test.

These series of changes and uncertainties is showing me things about myself that I know are not Christ-like. It has revealed critical attitudes and lack of the fruit of the Spirit. Even if I manage to hide it from the public, I and my closest friends know it is there. I have also been disappointed with myself and some of the choices I’ve made as I’ve waited and wondered.

I am overwhelmingly grateful, however, that God does not see me that way! He is using this time to shine a light, several lights, on character defects and inviting me to change and trust Him more.

I am:
– learning to be grateful living with minimal personal belongings.
–  grateful for simplicity in the freedom from things.
– seeing God’s provision in interesting and new ways.
– choosing more often to laugh and see the ridiculousness of my circumstances. Laughing at myself is terrifically healthy!
– reminded I am not in control, God is! And that is a good thing!

I get to choose between reacting to others choices negatively or I can respond in Grace, choosing to believe the best in the power of the Holy Spirit. I promise you, I need supernatural help to respond in a Christlike way! Therefore, I am especially grateful for the presence of the Holy Spirit in my life.

Instead of letting “hope deferred make my heart sick,” I can actively choose to focus on “hope fulfilled is the Tree of Life.” I am exceedingly hopeful I will be happy in my new home when I finally get in!

I am genuinely grateful for this season. It has definitely not been my plan but I can see as I go through that it is God’s plan on every level.

What uncertainty do you face? What are you grateful for in this uncertainty?