Preparing Him room.

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Hi all.

We have just completed another wonderful Living Nativity at our church. When thousands enter into what is the ‘Kelowna tradition’ and experience the nativity, Bethlehem village, live mannequins and yum treats. 7000 people attended over the 12 shows. 2500 bibles were given. We were able to pray for 577 prayer requests on our prayer tree.

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What a wonderful opportunity to invite our community into God’s story!

 ‘The thrill of hope’

I’m trying to be clever and think of something different to write about, a different advent angle.

Because everything I read says the same thing.

Over and over.

The same message.

It tells me to stop, to breathe, to wait to wonder, to look, to yearn, to anticipate.

That there is hope, there is light.

And the more I read the more I realize of course the message is loud.

It’s the clearest it has ever been.

It is the most wonderful time of the year!

So I will join the advent people because there is no place I’d rather be.

The candle lighters, the life declarers, the hope bringers.

Because I believe that God sent his only son as a babe and He made his home on earth and it all fell into place.

All of this – advent is about a bigger picture. This time. This waiting.

It’s about our eyes being opened spiritually, our ears hearing a new sound.

‘The weary world rejoices’

How many of us are weary in the waiting, the wondering and worrying?

Let us use this time of advent to focus on our dark and say Emmanuel – I cannot do this. Let us invite Him into the places where decay has spread beyond hidden messes in our heart.

Advent is not the ‘same old same old’.  Advent is a time of change.

Let us spend advent looking at the areas in our lives to be redeemed, recognizing what is holding us in its power.

Take a moment to pray…

‘Emmanuel. God with us. With me. What do you want to say to me?’

It could be tiny spark of wonder, the newest of realizations, or the wonder of transformation. He wants to answer you.

 O come, O come Emmanuel’

Lord Jesus,

Master of both the light and the darkness,

send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.

We who are anxious over many things look forward to you coming among us.

We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.

We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.

We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.

To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”

—Henri J.M. Nouwen.

‘Let every heart prepare Him room’

 Love, Michelle xo

Bethel, Beach and Bond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethel.

IMG_2634Bethel music came to Kelowna this week for an evening of worship. We were invited to dinner with the band to share what is happening in Kelowna and to pray with them before the evening. They are a great group of people, serving graciously, living within a culture of honour and genuine worshippers. I love their humble heart and their desire for people to enter into true worship.

We have a lot to be thankful for with Bethel music. For me especially, when I hear their music playing from downstairs in the teenage department!

Hundreds of people packed out the church, worshippers of all denominations. Corporate worship is a heavenly concept and one we are all called to engage in. God loves those who worship in spirit and truth. Not because we sing in a certain way. Or we say particular spiritual words. Or raise our hands at that moment.

No. Worship is a heart response, and when the worshippers gather in all of their styles and expressions – Heaven is released.

We… our cities are changed.

Worshipping together. Let us not forsake it.

Beach.

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Phil and I sat on a deserted beach this week to pray – because that’s what we do.  The still water, dancing with diamonds and our ever present mountains provided an inspiring backdrop as we prayed for our families, church, city, YOU...As much as corporate prayer and worship is essential, so is individual. Investing our lives in prayer and listening to God, changes us and our world.

It needs to be our priority. Let us not forsake it.

Bond. 

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The rather well known British secret service agent made an appearance at our church kickoff this week.

1234114_653672487990977_272162032_nBond. Arriving in style on the 1967 50cc.

I love kickoff and the re-dedication alongside the new. This year will see a house of prayer, pursuing His presence, seeking inner transformation. It all sounds very inward Michelle…We believe that a life of serving and loving and outward living is the true response of  worship, personal prayer and inner transformation.

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1235172_653703914654501_670248027_nBond was challenged by YWAM natives who had taken over the island.

1185175_653676901323869_1021930713_nBaptisms in the lake – loving the joy here.

1239875_653676571323902_1688963978_nGiving Dad a hug after being baptised.

IMG_2739Pastor Steve baptising his wife Candace.

14513_653680687990157_1888150247_nGlen believes that Phil needs to be re-baptised.

1231702_653680721323487_1721902415_n…and there he goes.

1235260_653681641323395_800866601_n‘Mommy, I love church on the beach’

 

Thanks for reading – hope you found some inspiration in there!

Have a blessed week – gotta fly – 007 needs me.

Mx

 

PS. WillowOne, kickoff pics were taken by Chad Perry. Enjoy more of his work here.