The first week of “Get Wired,” our series on Prayer, was wired with energy. The new series had a vibrant set and an enthusiastically led worship set.
We had a pretty tight set with a great intro into the series with the Vocal Team doing Allison Krauss’, “Down to the River to Pray,” from “O Brother Where Art Thou.” We mashed it up with Bon Jovi’s, “Livin’ on a Prayer.” It was electric.
And oh yeah… we had a talk box. Here’s a pic of Jason rehearsing in his office with the talk box.
I’ll see if I can get a video of the Bon Jovi tune and post it later this week.
Happy Day (Matt Redman: Holding Nothing Back)
All Because Of Jesus (Fee: We Shine)
Desert Song (Hillsong United: Across the Earth)
Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus (Public Domain: Arrangement by Jason Mills – Not Recorded)
Down To The River To Pray (O Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack)
Livin’ On A Prayer (Bon Jovi: Cross Road)
Utilizing Text Messaging
Thanks to Moblico, a mobile enterprise company, we are using text messaging to encourage and remind people to be in prayer daily. The idea is to send out a prayer focus each day for the next 6 weeks for Westside to be praying together.
Our goal is to Double the amount of prayer at WFC.
We had 400 people sign up after our 1st week of sign-ups. Not a bad consensus according to John Styers, President of Moblico.
Big kudos to Jason Morris, our Overland Park Campus Pastor, for having the vision for this and initiating the contact with John.
The service is pretty convenient. You can schedule the daily texts via their web interface. It can update a twitter account. You can appoint multiple cell phone numbers to be the phones to send out the texts. You can manage groups. Pretty good stuff for churches/enterprises who want to utilize texting.
Prayer as Connection
Dan talked on having a constant connection with God. He opened this series up with the precursor to the Lord’s Prayer:
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
He debunked the myths that we have put on prayer and painted the picture that we are to have a constant connection with God that doesn’t hang up or is ignored. Prayer is this conversation that is continuous.