WHAT IS A SOLEMN ASSEMBLY?

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

WHAT IS FASTING?

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.

TYPES 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.

FULL FAST

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.

PARTIAL FAST

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.

ALTERNATIVE FAST

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.

CONSECRATION

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.

Gatherings

Solemn Assembly Gatherings

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.

Evening Gatherings

Restore Living Room
8241 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(Look for Mix Bar and Grille and come down the flight of steps)
DATE TIME
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

Daytime Gatherings

The Creative Colony
8121 Georgia Avenue, Suite 600
Silver Spring, MD 20910
DATE TIME
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