BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS – Sermon series and prayer walk

NEW HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH will embark on a journey toward God’s emerging future for us as a church and how we can reach out in Christ’s love to the community around us beginning Sunday, April 23rd.

April 23 – Pastor Dan will begin a new sermon series entitled “Breaking Down the Walls” to help us discover our current reality and God’s emerging future for New Hope.  We will pray for walls and obstacles that exist that might prevent us from reaching out to what’s beyond our property lines.  We will ask “Lord, what do YOU have for us as a congregation to do?”  “Who do YOU want us to reach between our church, our neighbors, to Wausau and beyond?”  At the conclusion of the Sunday service, the congregation will begin our prayer walk – one of four ways, as you are physically able – 1)  outside around the perimeter of the church property, 2) outside around the building, 3) inside throughout the building, and 4) from your seat in the sanctuary. Prayer handouts will be provided to guide prayer walkers.  We will end the prayer walk this Sunday with a short time of reflection and discussion in Fellowship Hall concluding at 11:50 AM.  The congregation will be given Current Reality Feedback Sheets to be returned the following week.  Prayer walking will continue each day of the week until the next Sunday, April 30.

Daily devotions will be provided for the congregation’s use at home during the week.

April 30 – Pastor Dan will continue the series on “Breaking Down the Walls” with a message on unity.  Ridder Reflections – a time of teaching, sharing and discussion will take place during the Sunday school time from 11 – 11:50 AM.  The congregation is asked to return their Current Reality Feedback Sheets on April 30.  The congregation will be asked to “see” our community through God’s eyes throughout the coming week.  Take a different route to work, or the store or other places you visit.  Perhaps just take a drive through our community and “see” its needs from a different perspective.  Note the “needs of our community” that God reveals to you.

Daily devotions will be provided for the congregation’s use at home during the week.

May 7 – Pastor Dan will continue the series on “Breaking Down the Walls” with a message on mission/missional living.  Ridder Reflections – a time of teaching, sharing, discussion and brainstorming will take place from 11 – 11:50 AM.  A current reality of NHCC will be shared with results of the Current Reality Feedback Sheets which the congregation turned in last week.  We will begin to brainstorm together what God is beginning to reveal as our emerging future at NHCC.