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Worship, Fasting & Strategic Planning 

Connecting Lent to Mission

Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off (Acts 13:1-3).

In just shy of a month the Season of Lent will begin, and I wanted to invite you to plan ahead.  Your posture toward Lent may be enthusiastic, indifferent, or suspicious. But regardless, we can all agree that it’s appropriate to enter periods of self-examination and repentance, and even (though it’s tough for the majority fo us Americans) to accompany such seasons with fasting of some sort.

One reason this is on my mind is because at Redemption we are entering into a season of strategic congregational planning. As this process has begun, I have been struck by the context in which the Spirit gave the believers at Antioch a strategic missionary plan: namely, amidst the fasting and worship of the church.

So, whether to you the upcoming season is Lent, or merely the weeks before Easter, would you consider entering a season together of focused worship and prayer in various settings as our sites both in Palos and Hinsdale continue to rely on God’s guidance for strategic ministry planning? We have good reason to trust that as we rely on the Lord asking for good things, that he will answer favorably. 

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