" Give thanks in all circumstances." 1 Thessalonians 5:8
"Gratitude has a BIG job to do in our hearts. It is one of the chief ways that God infuses joy and resiliance into the daily struggle of life." Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Last Sunday families were invited to practice gratitude by writing or drawing things that the are thankful to Jesus for. People were also invited to write their responses of thankfulness onto post-its and fix them around the heart to bring an over flow of thankfulness!
"Grace and Peace to you from God our Father." Colossians 1:2
Grace and Peace are two big anchors of the faith!
During this creative worship our families where invited to scribble and mark make using dark media over stencilled letters to revel these words.
Like these dark scribbles sometimes there is an internal tension and conflict we are up against in becoming more like Jesus. As we allow the Holy Spirit to reveal more of the Fathers love to us we get to understand more about the Fathers grace and peace on our lives.
Dance practitioner Liz Clark brought this amazing creative movement worship where people where invited to draw using their bodies. Read more on Liz Clarks blog below.
We set up a heavenly encounter station with a golden throne that parents and children were invited to sit on and allow their Heavenly Father to speak to them as they were prayed and prophesied over.
We had two stations set up in one of our OH gatherings around part of the Lord's prayer.
Crown making: thinking about being princes and princesses for His Kingdom
Stamping God's love on the world: where our children had fun stamping hearts onto the world as an act of prayer for God's Love to be seen in the world.
May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Matt 6:10
Here we used creative play to get across a prophetic word around the healing properties of salt and becoming a new creation. Salt not only has heal but it also it can represent drawing out the good qualities with us as we journey through sickness God can use it to draw the compassionate/indignation/courage and passion out of us. As the children played pouring salt over the play-mobile figures the adults could allow God to speak to them about becoming a new creation, to speak to them about the journey of sickness and also God's desire to see people made whole physically and emotionally.
Therefore 2 Cor 5:17
During the worship families where invited to draw a response to God changing our hearts. Ezekiel 36:26 speaks about God making our hearts soft to Him. The children enjoyed working together to expressing their hearts in worship using solid paint sticks on tables covered with paper.
During the worship our families reflected on holding to Jesus through the storms of life and being secure that we have a hope in Him. Pipe cleaners were used to make into figures of themselves and attach to the anchor rope.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6v19
During our worship and prophetic gathering we reflected on the words from Isaiah 61. What does in mean to be and become Oaks of Righteousness so we can build up our communities? We dreamed with God and wrote our individual prayers and thoughts down on leaves to make a mighty oak tree. The children also used their creative imagination, Plasticine and leaves to make acorns and oak sculptures.
God sent me to announce the year of his grace—
a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies—
and to comfort all who mourn,
To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion,
give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes,
Messages of joy instead of news of doom,
a praising heart instead of a languid spirit.
Rename them “Oaks of Righteousness”
planted by God to display his glory.
They’ll rebuild the old ruins,
raise a new city out of the wreckage.
They’ll start over on the ruined cities,
take the rubble left behind and make it new.
You’ll hire outsiders to herd your flocks
and foreigners to work your fields,
But you’ll have the title “Priests of God,”
honoured as ministers of our God.