In case you missed yesterday’s service, here’s a recap to keep you in the loop.
WORSHIP THEMES //
We engaged in a powerful time of worship. Feel free to listen to these songs again and encounter the Lord today
Essence | Essence is coming back to Vinelife this Summer! What is Essence, you may ask? It’s a four day training course that will equip you for Spirit-led mission and worship using rhythm, movement & the prophetic. Essence is led by experienced and dynamic teachers from the UK and USA! Visit vinelife.com to register. When you do, you can choose from three streams—Rhythm, Movement & Spirit-Led Encounters. Pick the one that peaks your fancy and we’ll see you at Essence July 12-15.
Worship Team Auditions | Hey, if you love worshipping alone in your room and think it might be time to join a team and share your gift with the world… well, here’s your chance! The vinelife worship team is holding open auditions for instrumentalists and vocalists next Sunday (June 11) after the service. The team is especially looking for keyboard players and bassists but everyone’s welcome to try out. Just go to vinelife.com/worship-auditions, print off the application, fill it out, and bring it with you to your audition on Sunday.
Amigos Bake Sale | Maybe you’re sitting there right now and you feel a little rumbley in your tumbley. You think to yourself, BOY I’m hungry! I’d love to indulge in some baked goods after the service. Well you’re in luck! Amigos of Mexico are holding a bake sale in the lobby today. Everything purchased will benefit their ministry to Mexico so be sure to check it out.
Couples Chat | This is a chance for married or about to be married couples to connect with others and share experiences and success stories. We pray together, encourage each other and learn from our triumphs and challenges. Communications in marriage eliminates a lot of scar tissue and Couples Chat a a safe place to communicate and learn from each other.
Our teaching pastor, Luke Humbrecht brought an inspirational and motivating message about Prayer Walking on Sunday. You can listen the message here and read Luke’s notes below:
Acts 1:8 (ESV) – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
As we think about bringing blessing to the world, it’s easy to get paralyzed. What do I do? Where do I start? Who do I talk to? Do I purchase an airfare and fly to a third world country? Do I bus down to Boulder and love bomb some people? How do I live as a witness to the risen Christ?
We’re starting a new series today called “Loving on Location”. Together, we’re going to explore what it could look like to join God at work right where are feet are planted.
Joshua 1:3 (ESV) – 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Yahweh was leading the people into the Promised Land. A place they hadn’t been before. A place with the promise of rest, blessing, and provision to the children of Israel from which they could extend blessing to the world.
They needed a promise as they entered into the land of promise. God told Joshua that every place his feet touched would be his. This was good news for Joshua because he was entering into enemy territory. God didn’t drive out the enemies, it was Joshua’s responsibility to drive out enemies. But he couldn’t inhabit a land he was willing to go to. His feet needed to touch the ground.
What if you knew that every place your feet tread was a place of blessing?
The Promise Land was a geographical metaphor for a place we would come to inhabit in Christ. As we enter into the Way, truth, and life of Jesus we are given an imperishable supply of rest, joy, blessing, peace, strength. Entering into Christ we find is spacious land with a beautiful horizon.
So now, things have flipped, now that we inhabit a place of rest and security in Jesus, everywhere we go we get to bring those things with us.
And this is the way that God had in mind…
The whole earth is filled with the glory of God.
Moses didn’t take off his sandals because the ground suddenly became holy. He took off his sandals because he became aware the ground had always been holy.
The whole earth is the temple of God. “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”b
“The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed” (Gen. 2:8). Genesis 2:15 says, “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” This is very interesting. The garden was the place of God’s special dwelling on the earth with man. It was in the garden that Adam and Eve “heard the sound of the LORD God walking…” (Gen. 3:8).
G. K. Beale comments: The same Hebrew verbal form (stem) mithallek…used for God’s ‘walking back and forth’ in the Garden (Gen. 3:8), also describes God’s presence in the tabernacle (Lev. 26:12; Deut. 23:1415; 2 Sam. 7:6-7).1
I used to think that mission was something I did for God. Now I see that it’s joining God in the places and lives where he is already at work.
When we become aware of this, then every step we take it loaded with significance.
How can we develop eyes to see where God is at work?
We want to begin to infuse the practice of Prayer walking into the culture of our community.
What is Prayerwalking?
- Prayerwalking is a practice that declares everywhere my feet tread, I bring blessing.
- Prayerwalking is the act of joining God’s Presence with your place. It’s the practice that wakes you up to where God is already at work, so you can see how to join them.
- Prayerwalking is allowing sights, sounds, and smells to be inform how you pray for a people and place.
- It’s going on location and being filled with the Father’s heart for that location.
- Prayerwalking is praying on site with heavenly insight.
- Every one of us is qualified. If you can walk and you can pray. You can prayer walk.
- Any time & any place. You don’t have to wait for a service to begin or others to get there.
- It’s a practice that helps you become aware of God’s presence
- It fills you with God’s heart people, neighborhoods, and cities.
Why not just pray from home, or pray during a church service? Because Jesus didn’t just pray from a distance. He came.
I’m so grateful the Jesus didn’t pray for from heaven. He left heaven to come to where we are and inhabit the father where we live. He moved into our neighborhood. As we are moved with Jesus’ heart, there is a natural longing to want to be in closer proximity with those we are learning to love.
Mission is not an event. It’s a way of life. Mission is the practice or paying attention to where God is at work and joining him there.
There’s something about being on location that opens up our heart to love people the way God loves them.
Every time I leave the country for missions, I have a difficult time knowing what to pray for until I arrive to the country. I always know that as soon as I step foot on the soil, I will have the ability to feel and know things from a different perspective.
Our gatherings are important because it’s in environments like these we communally encounter the Presence of God which allows us to then recognize His Presence in moments when we’re not together.
It’s true, God inhabits the praises of his people. There is a special Presence that is accessed as we collectively join hearts in our love for Him.
But that’s not so we rely on Sundays as the only place we encounter Jesus. It’s so we can recognize his Presence breaking in every other part of our lives.
Story: Shannon at groundbreaking of school
I’m looking forward to the day when we’re not asking for our Sunday mornings to spill over into our week but we’re able to let everyday life spill over into our Sundays.
What does it mean to be a Gatekeeper? It’s not about bringing people to a gate, it’s about taking the gate with us. We don’t have to get people to these doors. Jesus is the door that we bring with us wherever we go.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll get into more practicals and also organize a time for us to go out together and canvas an area with blessing!
Some of you are used going out on to streets and praying for the sick and maybe bringing words of knowledge or prophecy to people. Prayer walking is similar but it starts with the simplicity of becoming aware of the Presence of God in the places your feet tread. Prayer walking is not just about zeroing in on people to love bomb, it’s about becoming a student of God’s purposes for a geographical area.
This week, walk your neighborhood, or geographical place of greatest influence and become aware of the Presence of God.
- This week, take a walk around your neighborhood. By yourself or with your family.
- As you walk, trust that you are bringing the favor and goodness of God to your area.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to highlight one neighbor or home to pray for.
- Pray with your eyes open. You are learning to pay attention to things.
- Report back on what you noticed this week. We’ll share testimonies.
- Map with Pins on it
Pray for Feet
Isaiah 52:7 (ESV) – How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
WORDS FOR HEALING PRAYER //
Every Sunday, our ministry team prays for physical conditions and we believe the God loves to heal our bodies. Here are some words for healing prayer from Sunday. If you would like prayer, feel free to post a prayer request as a comment on this topic.
- Spinal disc problem
- Injury to the rib cage
- Issue in the area of the carotid artery
- Muscle spasms
SERVING OPPORTUNITIES //
Vinelife Kids | We have re-launched our children’s ministry previously called KidsQuest. It is now Vinelife Kids. We are looking for 8 volunteers to commit to serving one Sunday a month as they invest in the future of the children of Vinelife. Several positions are available. Teachers, teacher’s aids, a management team, etc. Please email Valerie@vinelife.com if you are interested and she can work with you to provide you with the support you need to get started!