Fall of Rest–Come and See

August 14, 2015

 Rest

We live in one of the most frantically charged societies the world has ever seen.  Many live with a “work hard & play hard” mantra. Even our faith walk can become another strained note in a grueling chord of weeks upon weeks piled up.

This Fall, we say “stop”. Let’s take a real time out and explore together what’s on “God’s Heart for Rest”.  What better season than Labor Day Weekend to get started?

We know that practicing Jews living by the letter of the Old Testament Law spent somewhere in the neighborhood of 50% of their “working hours” working, and then spent the other half of their time resting, by God’s decree. We don’t attempt to live under that Law–no one actually could.  But we do want to understand the heart of a Loving God who seems to have so much to say about Rest.

We invite you to a “Come and See” event on Sunday, September 6 at 4 PM.  During our time together, we will share a vision for a Fall of Rest which will run for 8 or 9 Sundays through September and October.   We will also be sharing a Pot Luck Dinner together immediately following.  There is absolutely no obligation associated with coming on September 6.

Just so there is no surprise, this Fall of Rest is part of the Raytown Vineyard Church’s primary weekly gathering.  However, you are more than welcome to join us for this Season whether you are currently looking for a church home or not.  You may be a member or regular attender at another church other times during the week, or you may be completely uninvolved and uninterested in a formal relationship with a church. If you feel led to join us in the Fall of Rest, we will leave it to you and God to figure out the particulars.

WHO: Anyone looking for God’s Rest.

WHEN: Sunday, September 6 @ 4 PM. Worship & discussion followed by Potluck Dinner.

WHAT: A “Come and See” Event to learn more about a 8-9 week Season of Rest.

HOW: We will ask the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s Heart to us individually through the week, and as we gather together, we will share what we have heard.

Questions, Comments, or Concerns? Let us know here:


Summer of Unity–Week #11

August 13, 2015

Unity

Our Passage of the Week for Sunday is 1 Corinthians 1:10-13.

Divisions in the Church
10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?

We invite you to join us in meditating on this passage and asking 3 Questions:

1) God, what are you saying about Your Character and Nature?
2) God, what are you saying about how You see me?
3) God, what are you saying about how I can pursue You?

Feel free to share below!


God Loves the Grieving

May 17, 2015

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Today Vickie Mears brought a message on God’s love for the Grieving.  Vickie works in Community Education with Crossroads Hospice.

Vickie brought these examples of Loss/Grief in the Scripture:

  • Hannah – infertility, public shame in that era
  • Job – multiple losses of monumental proportions.
  • Paul regarding his friend Epaphrodituus:  Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. (Philippians 2:27)
  • Jesus mourned over Lazarus in John 11:35 and over Jerusalem in Matthew 23:37-39.

Vickie brought an outstanding message.  Feel free to check it out here.


God’s Plan for Motherhood

May 10, 2015

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If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Here are the main thoughts we explored together:

  1. God’s demonstrates His character and nature through His plan for motherhood.
  2. God ’s plan for motherhood is built around Godly mothers.
  3. Godly motherhood is built around Godly families.
  4. God heals in community—including mother wounds.
  5. God is committed to motherhood.

Here are some questions to ask as we are reading and meditating on the Word:

Who is God?

How does God see me?

How can I pursue Him?


National Day of Prayer, 2015 (A Guilt-Free Message on Prayer)

May 3, 2015

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Thursday, May 7 will be the “National Day of Prayer”.

This week, we took a look at John 17:20-26 and shared a message on the National Day of Prayer, 2015.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Here are the main thoughts we explored together:

  1. God is UNITY.
  2. God demonstrates our identity to the World through Unity.
  3. God hears Jesus’s prayer for togetherness.
  4. God invites us to pray in Jesus’s name.
  5. God is sending a fresh wave of prayer to the USA.

Here are some questions to ask as we are reading and meditating on the Word:

Who is God?

How does God see me?

How can I pursue God?


National Day of Repentance, 2015

April 26, 2015

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Thursday, April 30 will been declared the “National Day of Repentance”.  This will be the 152nd Anniversary of the National Day of Humiliation, Prayer, and Fasting called by President Abraham Lincoln.

This week, we took a look at 2 Chronicles 7 and shared a message on National Day of Repentance, 2015.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Here are the main thoughts we explored together:

  1. God is complete without us.
  2. God wants us to live in the joy of his unhurried togetherness
  3. God forgives us when we confess our sin to Him. God heals us when we confess our sin to another. God rewires our minds when we repent.
  4. Godly repentance doesn’t come from guilt, but from Godly sorrow over lost opportunity for togetherness.
  5. God is sending a fresh wave of repentance to the USA.

Here are some questions to ask as we are reading and meditating on the Word:

Who is God?

How does God see me?

How can I pursue God?


God’s Earth Day

April 19, 2015

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This week, we took a look at Genesis 1 and shared a message on God’s Earth Day.

If you would like to listen to the message, just click here.

Here are the main thoughts we explored together:

  1. God’s created the Earth by His word, and it was good.
  2. God retained ownership of the Earth, and gave man responsibility to manage it.
  3. God will call man to account for how we used each resource he handed to us to manage.
  4. God hears the groaning of the Earth waiting for its redemption.
  5. God has a plan for the future of the Earth under Jesus’s leadership.

Here are some questions to ask as we are reading and meditating on the Word:

Who is God?

How does God see me?

How can I please Him?


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