A Solemn Assembly is a time when we will start of the new year fasting, praying, and reflecting together as a church. Joel 2:15 says, “Blow a trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly.” We will gather to fast and pray for spiritual renewal.
Fasting is abstaining from food for a period of time in order to seek God. The Hebrew word that is translated “fasting” is tsoom, which means to cover the mouth. Fasting is giving up the physical need for food to fulfill a greater spiritual need. Covering our mouths communicate to God that the reason we’re fasting (repentance, renewal, problematic issue, preparing for an experience, personal devotion, growing closer to Him, etc.) is so important that seeking Him takes precedence over eating. The key to fasting is making sure that we spend time with God in prayer, Scripture reading, and reflection. We should spend time with God at times that we would normally eat. Going without food and not taking time to seek God defeats the purpose of fasting.
During our All Things New: 21 Day Solemn Assembly, you can choose one of three fasting types. Choose one that will be a challenge for you.
A full fast is when you refrain from solid foods and drink only liquids, usually light juices and water. During this time, you will fast 24 hours a day.
This is similar to the full fast, in that you refrain from solid foods and drink only liquids. However, you choose a specific duration of the day to fast. For instance, you can fast from sunup to sundown, sundown to sunup , or even from a meal or two.
Some may find it difficult to embark on one of the fasting types above for health reasons. In this case, you may choose to fast from a particular food item. For instance, you may choose to refrain from breads, sweets, or meats. You may choose to eat only fruits and vegetables. You may also want to check with your doctor before embarking on the fast.
During the moments you are fasting, try and refrain from entertainment and technology, such as television, social media, partying, etc. Remember, the purpose of fasting is to connect with God. It easy to get distracted and allow ourselves to focus on being entertained instead of spending time with God. You may even consider giving up those things for the duration of the entire solemn assembly.
We will gather for a time of worship and prayer on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during solemn assembly. There will also be prayer gatherings during the daytime on Wednesday and Friday mornings.
|Tuesday, January 09||7:30pm - 9:00pm|
|Thursday, January 11||7:30pm - 9:00pm|
|Tuesday, January 16||7:30pm - 9:00pm|
|Thursday, January 18||7:30pm - 9:00pm|
|Tuesday, January 23||7:30pm - 9:00pm|
|Thursday, January 25||7:30pm - 9:00pm|
|Wednesday, January 10||10:00am - 11:00am|
|Friday, January 12||10:00am - 11:00am|
|Wednesday, January 17||10:00am - 11:00am|
|Friday, January 19||10:00am - 11:00am|
|Wednesday, January 24||10:00am - 11:00am|
|Friday, January 26||10:00am - 11:00am|