ADULLAM SOLEMN ASSEMBLY
This week we’re taking part in a ‘solemn assembly’ as a community spread throughout Denver. Per Hugh’s sabbatical thoughts, we feel God is calling Adullam to a week of focused prayer as a family. We are in a time of transition and we want to posture our individual lives and our collective calling before God to ask for His leading, His direction, His favor & His power in our community. (IF YOU CAN’T COME TO A PRAYER GATHERING, USE THE GUIDE ON YOUR OWN OR WITH YOUR FAMILY WHEREVER YOU ARE THIS WEEKEND)
We are choosing to meet in homes because that is where Adullam was born. Adullam is a people, not a place. We are a church throughout the city for the city and our future is to strengthen communities on mission. As we open our homes to each other God will fill the spaces.
This weekend between Friday evening and Sunday evening. Below, you will find the times and addresses of homes that will be open. We’re asking that you try to secure childcare so that you will be able to focus and listen together. If that is a problem consider taking turns with the kids over the hour experience together.
HOW TO PRAY
We will be giving you several scriptures we’d like read followed by a time of reflection around a question, and then we will give you specific things to pray for. Each home will have a host that will guide this process so if you’re not comfortable praying you don’t have to. You will be completely safe! Your presence is an act of prayer in itself so we thank you for participating.
There is no specific time set. We’re preparing the scripture and prayers to range from 30 minutes to an hour. You are welcome to remain and get to know each other and extend the time with dinner and more time together.
Village Weekend: During the Labor Day holiday we’re suggesting that you village up. If you are not presently in a village we encourage you to simply invite friends over for a meal during the weekend. Use this Labor Day weekend to do some fall planning for your self and your family. How will you rest this fall? How will you find space for people and community and mission?
LOCATIONS AND TIMES
ADULLAM SOLEMN ASSEMBLY PRAYER GATHERINGS
Highlands Ranch Area — Friday 8 PM
Brian and Annie Kettler
10221 Willowbridge Way, Highlands Ranch, CO
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Highlands Ranch/Parker Area — Sunday 10 AM
Jake and Elizabeth Meuli
15783 E Meadow Vista Circle, Parker, CO 80134
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Denver/Downtown Area — Sunday 10 AM
Curt & Shelley Brouwer
2441 S Dahlia Lane
Denver CO 80222
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Downtown Littleton Area — Sunday 10 AM
Jeff and Katie Brown
5602 S. Spotswood, Littleton 80120,
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Downtown Littleton Area — Sunday 7 PM
Loren & Adele Funk Sunday
2776B West Riverwalk Circle, Littleton, CO 80123
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C470/Wadsworth / SW Littleton Area — Sunday 5 PM
Chris and Amy Johnson
BBQ starts at 5PM, Prayer after BBQ
9826 S Holland St. Littleton CO 80127
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SOLEMN ASSEMBLY GUIDELINES AND HOST NOTES
Welcome everyone, have some light snacks and drinks available but try to move quickly into the time of prayer and reserve the after prayer time for any extra-curricular experiences you may be doing like dinner, fun, hanging out.
* Childcare: Send small children to basement or side room and have someone watching the kids. Include upper elementary age and up or ask them to watch the kids.
* Let everyone introduce themselves
* Thank everyone for coming. Invite them to sit down together
* Explain that everyone is following the same format throughout Adullam. Mention that you will be guiding the time and that all the prayer will be guided but you only need to pray if you feel led. No one will be forced or asked to participate. Explain the flow of reading scripture first, followed by some reflection, followed by prayer.
* Then Begin: Have a few bibles available. Ask if anyone wants to read the scripture.
STARTING WITH THANKSGIVING
Explain that the best way to always start prayer is with Thanksgiving
READ Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
“Let’s begin by simply quieting our hearts for 30 seconds in silence and I’ll lead out in a time of simple thanksgiving. As you feel led mention some things you are thankful for. Before we ask things from Him, let’s let him know how much we love Him.”
THANKSGIVING PRAYER IN SILENCE
TO READ TO THE GROUP
“Adullam is at a natural transition point. The original leadership is still intact and excited about the next 10 years but our worship is in transition, our gathering spot is up in the air, key positions like children’s ministry is changing, Hugh’s role is changing and the leadership structures are in flux. Our villages are struggling through normal issues of growth, children, and focus. Everyone is excited but we really want to see God direct every aspect of this new season.
Hugh has specifically chosen scriptures that begin with “IF” for our time together today because God always promises to move us forward, bless us, redeem mistakes, forgive us for past failures, and favor our future. Yet, the fruitfulness of our lives together still hinge on our own decisions. God often promises things to us “If” we take other things seriously. So these scripture are designed to get us thinking and praying in the right direction as we head into this fall together.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
“The life of a Christian is marked by a sense of true humility. Daily we wake up acknowledging our total dependence upon Him in every area of our lives. When we live for our own desires, run at our own pace, view the world through our own lenses, we ultimately are relying on ourselves. As a community we come thanking God for his continued forgiveness for how seldom we humble ourselves. We are asking for god to heal our lives. We are asking Him to help us find joy in giving Him back every intention of our hearts and dreams, plans, and purposes. Let’s begin by simple repentant statements about how we may have taken our eyes off of Jesus this last year as well as asking Him for help in caring about what He cares about.”
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
“Being a disciple isn’t as much about full belief as it is about full commitment. People followed Jesus as disciples and He taught them along the way. So the main question for us isn’t do we believe enough about Jesus to follow him. The question is will we follow and let him strengthen our faith as we see Him show up in our lives.
Lets pray for our people to make this first decision to follow and obey Jesus’ teachings. Pray about the things that make it hard for us to follow. Pray for faith over our people and commitment not to Adullam, but Jesus. Pray that as we follow, God will teach us real truth and that people will be set free.”
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
God desires to help us in our decisions. With all the competing voices and opinions, He offers to give us insight and knowledge to make the right call.
Pray for situations you need wisdom on and pray for these decisions Adullam is making as a family.
PRAY TOGETHER OVER THESE
Location: Pray for where, how often, and what time we should we meet together
Children/Worship: How can we make our children’s ministry & worship deeper?
Connections: Who do we need to fill critical gaps in assimilating and helping new people find their way in the Adullam story?
Mission: Pray for wisdom over our leadership related to strengthening our mission together?
Finances: Wisdom over our finances together. How we become more generous, who we bless, how much we to give away vs. how much we live on as a church community?
Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out.
“God has set up his body, his church to bring healing to people. Physically, emotionally, spiritually, wholistically. Healing begins when you ask for help.”
Ask for people to express one thing they really hope God can heal about their lives. It may be physical, situational, about a friend or family member, etc. Then, pray for each other.
“The entire mission of God is to bring redemption to all humanity. Each of us are here because God has attached his power and mission to us. We matter and get to play a part in individual people coming to faith and life in Jesus. As our final prayer, let’s pray by name (first name only) of friends you believe God may use you to help them find their way back to God.”
HOST CLOSE IN PRAYER
Thank everyone for coming and encourage them to share via email with me (Hugh) what God said to them, revealed to them, or challenged them in.
Our Story / Your Story
Your story matters. Adullam’s communities are made up of a captivating mosaic of life stories, each one containing its own unique and deep significance. We believe the collection of these redemptive stories has the power to creatively bless the city of Denver and beyond in a variety of meaningful ways.
“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” John 1:14, The Message
“He who loves his dream of a community more than the Christian community itself becomes a destroyer of the latter, even though his personal intentions may be ever so honest and earnest and sacrificial… The more clearly we learn to recognize that the ground and strength and promise of all our fellowship is in Jesus Christ alone, the more serenely shall we think of our fellowship and pray and hope for it.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer