Yesterday began our “New” Hill Houses! If you are not in a House, please contact the office, maybe we can help. All of our feedback from yesterday’s message and the Hill House gatherings has been so very positive! Next week is Open Church in the sanctuary, what a great time to let us know how your House went!
Naim started our gathering time yesterday laying out our new (breaking old wineskins) direction for YouTube listeners and the family as well. We thought all might enjoy reviewing it again. Here it was:
We want to say a special hello to those of you who, though you are not actually physically present with us on Sundays, do join your heart with our hearts on many Sunday mornings. That really does make you part of the family here at CHCC and you are so welcome.
We don’t have to tell you that the shaking that the world has known since this year began, has not ended. Everything that can be shaken is being shaken. But we know that through His word the Lord has prepared us for these times. He is even shaking the church as we know it. Here at CHCC we think He wants us to make changes. Changes that will enable us to make a stronger connection with Him and with our brothers and sisters as well. For that reason we have decided to come out of the old wineskin as we have known, “church,” and make some changes. Maybe you have looked for us on a few Sundays and didn’t find us here. Let us tell you why.
The first Sunday of the month we call Open Church. It is taken from the scriptures of 1Corinthians 14 that gives guidance to meetings as the church gathers together. To paraphrase it, each one has a psalm, a hymn, a spiritual song, a revelation, for the building up of one another. In other words, the whole body shares Christ together and edifies one another. As a community we come around the Lord’s Table and do just that. Because personal things are often shared, we do not post our gathering that Sunday. Perhaps you might join with some believers on that Sunday for the same purpose where you are. Let us know if you do, so we can pray for you.
Today, the 4th Sunday of the month is our first, “Prophecy Sunday,” meeting in our Hill Houses. We are gathering in homes of about 10 people now as I speak. Prophecy is so quickly unfolding in the day we live, we feel it is important that we see it all through the lens of what the Bible has to tell us about the events leading up to our Lord’s return. So today, we as a church are meeting in small groups in homes. Greetings to all of you CHCC Hill Houses, blessings as we take the next step in our adventure together. In a few minutes we will have some worship and then Pastor James will speak to us. During these 4th Sundays we will be sharing in different ways, sometimes in sermons, sometimes in panel discussions, sometimes one or two people will share a few pressing topics. Then, together in our Houses we will discuss these issues, have prayer, and share in the Lord’s Table. We don’t believe having different teachings week after week with never any venue to process and digest what the Lord has said, is transforming anyone. We want to open our lives and gatherings to the Holy Spirit in new ways.
But, of course, we do need anointed teachers and pastors, along with the prophetic gifts to speak to us as well. The 2nd and 3rd Sundays of every month we meet together in the building for just that reason. There is worship and an anointed word. You are so welcome!
So there you go, we want you to know who we are and why we are doing what we are doing. Today we pray for you and yours…..we pray that during this very chaotic and challenging time, you also find that place of security and protection that will enable you to stand strong for Christ and thrive.