On behalf of our leadership and staff, I want to say thank you for being a friend of Sanctuary House of Prayer. Your involvement in our ministry through prayer, finances and encouragement is a valued gift to each one of our staff and volunteers.
I am writing to share some exciting changes that are ahead of us in this house of prayer. Over the last few months the Lord has been challenging us on several heart issues, and in particular the area of His faithfulness toward us. As we leaned into this invitation it became clear that we were being asked to put our faith into action.
And so, at the end of November we will be looking for a new permanent building to call home – a place where full-time singers, musicians and intercessors can come and give themselves to the ministry of night and day worship & prayer. It will be a place where young women and men can be trained for a life of mission, both at home and to the nations of the earth.
We believe the Lord has a prepared an answer for our needs and we wanted to invite you to share in the journey and joy of receiving the answer to many years of prayer for our own building.
How can you partner with us in this season?
Prayer: Pray for wisdom, revelation, faith and favour as we look for our new home.
Promote: Tell your friends and neighbours about the House of Prayer and our need in this season.
Provision: As our mission base grows into this new season and expansion there will be an increased need for material and financial resources. Give as you see the need.
As a community we appreciate your partnership is this endeavour and would love to hear from you during this time. If you have a word of encouragement, a prospective building or some other beneficial contribution, please get in touch with me.
Great blessings on you!
Sanctuary House of Prayer
So what does this mean for me as a full time staff member? Well first off let me say, the Lord isn’t going to leave the House of Prayer without a home for very long. He is faithful and desires to see it established and strong more than we ever could.
Secondly, when I first joined the staff on the house of prayer there was no daily meeting location. When the Lord encountered me and told me to transition, this was my biggest protests. I told the Lord that I wouldn’t leave my full time job in the school go full time in the house of prayeruntil there was a facility and hours for me to give myself to. The Lord quickly shut down the argument by telling me, “I am not building my house of prayer around buildings and structures. I am building my house of prayer around my priests, you are my priest now GO!” It is painful to hear the Lord’s rebuke, but it also felt firm and full of faith that He is a way better leader than I am and He knows what He is doing.
It may well be we are without a weekday facility for a period of time. I fully plan to operate my schedule as I have in those first days on staff, with scheduled time in worship, prayer/intercession, singing, writing, songwriting and internship planning.
At the same time I’m expectant, full of faith and excited for what the Lord has on the other end of this transition. And the story continues to be written…
The next verse we are are meditating on for the next while. If you encounter the Lord or hear something in the midst of it, I’d love to hear what you get! Join us as we meditate on this verse daily for a half hour to an hour (whatever you can do).
15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you
As part of our daily routine in the House of Prayer, we take an hour to meditate on a short passage of scripture. We ask the Lord questions about it and ask to encounter Him in the passage. I invite you to join with us as for the next few weeks we will be meditating on Revelation 15:3-4
And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
Let me start off by saying that I have never read the book, A Case for Christ which is that basis for this movie. I’ve heard of it and was aware of the premise of the story, but it’s not really the type of book I would normally read. However, I was more than willing to give it some of my attention if it could be packaged up in a movie.
The premise of the story is about a journalist named Lee Strobel (also an atheist) who through a series of events, deemed it necessary to find proof that Jesus wasn’t divine. His family, job, and his relationships around him were all being affected by this investigation. The more he dug around, the more the results were shocking to him.
It’s a sad reality that there is often subpar acting in Christian movies. Thankfully, over the past few years, we have seen that become less of a reality. A Case for Christ is one of those Christian movies that brought it’ ‘A’ game to the table. I didn’t notice any drop off in the skill of the actors. They were convincing and didn’t come across as cheesy.
What I liked about the movie is just that, the acting, it made and the story feel like it was truly based on real events. The relationship between Lee and his was wife was believable and was essentially the catalyst for the emotion in the movie. As for all the facts and figures, I’ve never been a huge fan when it comes to using these arguments to win over people’s hearts and while I understand that it was necessary, it didn’t really draw me into the story very much.
I can’t say I walked away with a sense of ‘awe’, but I did enjoy the movie. I would still recommend it to anyone that enjoys movies based on true stories and that have a faith component. It may even be a good base to get a conversation started with an unbeliever if you wanted to see this movie with them.
If I’m comparing this movie to most faith based films I’ve seen I’d give it ✦✦✦✦ Otherwise it’s a ✦✦✦
The Case for Christ: “Movie has been provided courtesy of Mongrel Media and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”
So last post we tried to determine if there was a chance that you could be a songwriter. Whether you are a writer or not, there are ways that you help songwriters in their endeavours.
1. Encouragement. There is a lot of music out there, and some really good sounding music. It’s easy for songwriters to say, “what’s the point? There is already so many good songs out there better than mine.” The fact is, that each movement and church are in different places in their journey. We need to sing the songs that our communities of worship can connect with that the Lord has been stirring. Only those in the community can communicate that. Encourage your worship leaders to keep writing, tell them that you want to hear the songs the Lord is speaking over your community.
2. Feedback. This is a tough one. Sharing a song in a community is a very vulnerable thing for a songwriter. Often they won’t even ask for feedback because they are just trying a song out and will adjust afterwards. So don’t give unwanted critical feedback. If the writer needs feedback, chances are they have some “go to” people that they have built a history with in getting feedback. However, If you hear something you really liked, say positive things to encourage them and tell them they need to do it again! You can also offer to give more feedback if they want that (because sometimes they don’t have “go to” people or haven’t thought about getting any). I will share some parameters to giving feedback in another post.
3. Space and Time. Like any creative process, songwriters need inspiration. Maybe you have the ability or resources to send them somewhere to get inspiration. Maybe you own a cabin or have access to a facility that would get them in a creative environment or at least a different environment to get inspired and get away from the usual distractions.
4. Connecting/Community. Ask them about how things are going. Go for coffee. You will never know how you can support them unless you ask them about it. Also, how will they get to know the heartbeat of the community and those around them if they don’t get to talk to people. If they are suppose to write the songs that the community needs to sing, they probably need to be in community. It’s also a good way just to encourage them and let them know that you value what they do. You can also offer to keep them accountable if they are having trouble reaching their songwriting goals.
5. Lyric or Melody-Co-writing. These are the two components to a song, but sometimes songwriters get stuck in a rut in either one of these. Perhaps you are a gifted poet or maybe you have melodies running through your head all the time and you do not necessarily have both to be able to put a song together. Maybe you should see if one of your fellow songwriters wants to try co-writing with you. It doesn’t hurt to ask and you might be able to bring a lot more to the process than you think.
These are five of my ideas. Can you get creative and think of any other ways you can join in the process of songwriting? I would LOVE to hear them!