As River City Church moves into a period of leadership transition, it is clear that this is a God-sized initiative that cannot happen under our own power.
This is one of those seasons in the life of the church when, as a church family, we need to reorient our hearts towards God — to collectively seek His guidance. And so, the church leadership is inviting the church family to join in a special weeklong event: The Call: Seeking God's Voice.
The Call: Seeking God's Voice will be a week of worship, prayer, fasting and Scripture to “lay the foundation” for the transition process ahead, starting on Sunday, November 11th and ending with Refresh on Sunday evening, November 18th.
This is a call for everyone in the church to rise up, to humbly seek God in a deeper, more intentional way and to pursue His guidance and direction as He orders our steps moving forward. It is a chance to bring the church family together and to cultivate a greater sense of unity and a trust in God’s plans for River City Church.
The week will include special evening worship services, morning and noontime prayer times, a “tag-team” reading through the entire Bible (see below), daily devotional material, and an opportunity to fast as a church family for some or all of the week. There will be more information about the week's events provided this Sunday morning, and next week on our website (including an in-depth Q&A about fasting).
We’re excited for this opportunity to lean into and lean on God together as a church family! Our hope is that this week of prayer and fasting will refresh us personally and our church as we seek His presence and direction.
"We remember, it is not by our might nor by our power, but by Your Spirit, O Lord." (Zechariah 4:6)
Why read the Bible publically?
We seek to be a church that is led by God’s Spirit and rooted in God’s Word. We believe the Bible is God’s revealed Word to us, the only source for absolute divine authority for us as followers of Jesus. Bible reading has become a largely private practice — something we do in our own personal “quiet time.”
However, the public reading of Scripture is one of the most time-honored practices recorded in the Bible, repeatedly described and commended at crucial moments in the history of God’s people. Paul told Timothy, his young pastoral protégé, “Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture” (1 Timothy 4:13). And the last book in the Bible begins with this remarkable encouragement: “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near” (Revelation 1:3).
To profoundly express our reliance on the Word at River City Church, we are going to read through the entire Bible, cover to cover, aloud, in the sanctuary, during The Call: Seeking God's Voice. It will take up to 80 hours, which we’re dividing into 30-minute slots. So, we want to fill 160 half-hour slots with people who are willing to show up and read the Word aloud. You can come by yourself, you can bring friends or family to share in the reading, you can sign up for two (or more) consecutive slots, you can sign up for slots on multiple days.
Sound outrageous? It is ambitious for sure, but with a little effort and sacrifice, it is certainly within our capabilities. And it is an earnest and even sacred visible expression of our need to be grounded in God’s Word during this season. There will be a chance to sign up on a whiteboard in the church lobby this Sunday or on our website next week. Please consider being a part of this effort; you will bless God and likely be blessed as well!