A CALLED PEOPLE: HOSPITAL, BRIDE AND ARMY - RACHEL, CLARE & NIGEL (7pm Podcast)

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What should I do, where should I live, who should I be in relationship with are the big three preoccupations for many people around guidance. What principles does scripture hold out for doing life well and making good choices? Does God have specific roles and partners for us or is the choice very open?

September 17th A ‘called people- Hospital, Bride and Army ’ What is the call of the Church? Are we to be an army, bringing God’s kingdom in? Are we to be a hospital, a place of healing? Or are we the bride of Christ, called as worshippers? Woodlands core team leaders will give a perspective on each of those facets of Church. Ephesians 4:16 5:33, 6:10-20.

A called people: hospital, bride and army - Rachel, Clare & Nigel

What should I do, where should I live, who should I be in relationship with are the big three preoccupations for many people around guidance. What principles does scripture hold out for doing life well and making good choices? Does God have specific roles and partners for us or is the choice very open?

September 17th A ‘called people- Hospital, Bride and Army ’ What is the call of the Church? Are we to be an army, bringing God’s kingdom in? Are we to be a hospital, a place of healing? Or are we the bride of Christ, called as worshippers? Woodlands core team leaders will give a perspective on each of those facets of Church. Ephesians 4:16 5:33, 6:10-20. Download discussion notes.
 

Calling all Christmas Choir & Orchestral musicians!

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Christmas preparations do feel a long way off, but we start our recruitment for choir and orchestra early, as there are a number of practices and we always want to do the best job we can!

So we are looking for people to join the Christmas choir; the ability to read music, and experience of singing in a choir are very helpful, though not essential, but you do have to be able to sing in tune and hold a part.

For the orchestra: wind players need to be at least grade 7 standard and string players at least grade 6 and you will need to have experience of playing in an orchestra. There are only 2 rehearsals, but you get the music to practise beforehand.

Rehearsals will start 16th Oct for choir; we rehearse every week leading up to the candlelight services on 9th & 10th Dec.

Please contact Hazel at woodieschoir@gmail.com for more information. Registration is essential (by 27th Sept for the choir and 16th Oct for orchestra).

Vocation, location, relation - Rob Scott Cook (7pm podcast)

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The new term is a good time to engage with our call as followers of Jesus. God’s call on our lives is a ‘good call’. If we can discover and live in the good plans he has for each one of us we will be happier and more fruitful people.

What should I do, where should I live, who should I be in relationship with are the big three preoccupations for many people around guidance. What principles does scripture hold out for doing life well and making good choices? Does God have specific roles and partners for us or is the choice very open? 1 Corinthians 7. Download discussion notes

‘How to be prophetic in a time of crisis’ - Prophetic confrontation, Dave Mitchell (am)

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‘How to be prophetic in a time of crisis’. Our world is a turbulent place. The prophet Jeremiah lived through a time of immense crisis in the nation of Judah. His prophetic messages both gave strong challenges but also guidance and comfort to the people of his day. What can we learn from him about being a prophetic people to our nation today? Over the month four prophetic pictures give us insight into God’s word being delivered through someone very human.

September 10th. Prophetic confrontation. We challenge and confront people we love. Jeremiah’s love for his people reflects the love of God for his chosen ‘bride’ as He calls the Jewish nation. The confrontation is strong however! What gives us the authority to confront and how do we do it appropriately?

‘How to be prophetic in a time of crisis’ - Prophetic confrontation, Dave Mitchell (am)

‘How to be prophetic in a time of crisis’. Our world is a turbulent place. The prophet Jeremiah lived through a time of immense crisis in the nation of Judah. His prophetic messages both gave strong challenges but also guidance and comfort to the people of his day. What can we learn from him about being a prophetic people to our nation today? Over the month four prophetic pictures give us insight into God’s word being delivered through someone very human.

September 10th. Prophetic confrontation. We challenge and confront people we love. Jeremiah’s love for his people reflects the love of God for his chosen ‘bride’ as He calls the Jewish nation. The confrontation is strong however! What gives us the authority to confront and how do we do it appropriately?

Vocation, location, relation - Rob Scott Cook (7pm)

The new term is a good time to engage with our call as followers of Jesus. God’s call on our lives is a ‘good call’. If we can discover and live in the good plans he has for each one of us we will be happier and more fruitful people.

What should I do, where should I live, who should I be in relationship with are the big three preoccupations for many people around guidance. What principles does scripture hold out for doing life well and making good choices? Does God have specific roles and partners for us or is the choice very open? 1 Corinthians 7. Download discussion notes

PrayerWeek: Guide to the 'hour of prayer'

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"If we want to leave an indelible mark on the world there is no more powerful way to do it than by joining in God's purposes through prayer. Our prayers can go where we cannot. While many things may seem impossible from a human standpoint in the realm of prayer there are no impossibilities." -  Brother Andrew.
 

One of our hopes is that everyone will find one hour this prayer week to pray. I get goose bumps thinking about all those prayers! 

Praying for an hour can seem a daunting task, so here are some things that may help.

  • Print off the 'hour of prayer' guide. 
     
  • Plan when and where you're going to do it. I love to walk and pray, the rhythm of one foot in front of the other really helps me. Others like to sit in a favourite chair, some get up early,  others like to pray in the middle of the night, others during their lunch hour. What place and space will work best for you? Book the slot into your diary.
     
  • Before you get going take a moment to prepare yourself. You could listen to some worship, or read some verses from the Bible that inspire you. Turn your phone off so you won't be interrupted, ask the Holy Spirit to settle your heart and mind and help you to pray.
     
  • If distractions come don't worry about them, pray for them. The hour of prayer guide is just that. It's there to support prayer not limit it, so if other things come to mind that  need your prayer then that's fine.
     
  • Make a note of anything that you sense the Holy Spirit showing you. Expect him to speak as you draw near to Jesus. Feedback to Woodies leaders anything that you sense God saying to us a  church, we would love to hear from you. 
     

Let's make space for prayer this week, lets dream big, pray big and trust God for the results.
 
- Rachel Riddal
 


Sept PrayerWeek is coming!

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Prayer can feel a bit of a mystery at times!

And yet Jesus prayed and he also taught his disciples to pray. Matthew 6;6 says, "When you pray..." Jesus assumes we'll be praying too.

Prayer is a brilliant gift from God to us. Maybe one that we haven't fully appreciated.  At any point in our day we can reach out to God in prayer and know that he hears us and longs to answer us.

I love this Pete Greig quote from Dirty Glory:
" I don't pray because I'm into prayer. I pray because I'm into Jesus, so we talk. I don't believe in the power of prayer. I believe in the power of Jesus, so I ask for his help. A lot!"


So, why have a week of Prayer? We need Jesus help. A lot! We need his help in our lives, our church, our city and our world. At the beginning of a busy term it's so great to pray and say to God 'we need you'. In fact that is a good prayer to pray in any and every situation. This is what we're doing this week, were saying to God, 'we need you, we're open to you, we will do whatever it takes to follow you.'

The prayers said this week will change situations and usher in God's kingdom in new ways. But praying will also change us as we spend time with Jesus.

Have a great prayer week, dream big and pray big!

  1. Sign up for 24/7 Prayer Room via the website, we have 168 hours to fill!
  2. Find an hour to pray through the '1 hour of prayer guide' next week which you will be emailed.
  3. Come along to morning PrayerWatch Fri 16th Sept, 7.15-8.15am in the Foyer.

Love Rachel.


Calling & Guidance, Dave Mitchell (7pm podcast)

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September 3rd. Calling and guidance. What’s the difference? Calling is the big picture, guidance is the detail. How do we know the call on our life, and how do we find guidance in working out our call? Does everyone have a common call, and are there exceptional ‘callings’ and experiences that go with them? How does our individual call mesh with the call of the community we are part of? Jeremiah 1:4-10. Ephesians 1:3-11. Download discussion notes. 

How To Be Prophetic In A Time Of Crisis - Prophetic Call, Dave Mitchell (AM podcast)

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‘How to be prophetic in a time of crisis’. Our world is a turbulent place. The prophet Jeremiah lived through a time of immense crisis in the nation of Judah. His prophetic messages both gave strong challenges but also guidance and comfort to the people of his day. What can we learn from him about being a prophetic people to our nation today? Over the month four prophetic pictures give us insight into God’s word being delivered through someone very human.

September 3rd. Prophetic call. As a young man Jeremiah saw a vision that unlocked a prophetic ministry that would span the next forty years. What does it mean for us to ‘see well’ as the Lord told Jeremiah? What is the call of God’s people to be ‘seers’, not ‘blind guides’ to those around us? As we start a new term what is God calling us individually and Woodlands as a community to be in our city.
Jeremiah 1. Download discussion notes.

Calling & Guidance, Dave Mitchell (7pm)

September 3rd. Calling and guidance. What’s the difference? Calling is the big picture, guidance is the detail. How do we know the call on our life, and how do we find guidance in working out our call? Does everyone have a common call, and are there exceptional ‘callings’ and experiences that go with them? How does our individual call mesh with the call of the communitywe are part of? Jeremiah 1:4-10. Ephesians 1:3-11. Download discussion notes.