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ADVENT OFFERING


Advent Offering is a special opportunity to target our giving towards four core initiatives for the new year. We aim to raise $50,000 above and beyond our regular offering to contribute to four strategic areas outlined below by January 31st.

We believe God calls us to be givers – generous sharers of His abundance. In our giving, we participate in God’s work in the world, and we participate in the transforming work God wants to do in each of us.

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PATH


Everyone is on a spiritual journey. Whether you are new to the way of Jesus, just beginning to explore spirituality, or have been following Jesus for as long as you can remember – you are on a spiritual journey.

Every journey is unique, but we believe that no matter where we are starting from, Jesus is inviting each of us deeper and further into his life as we learn to walk in his path.

At Sanctuary, we believe that the way of Jesus is the best possible way to live and we seek to be his disciples – his apprentices – learning to walk in his ways. We describe this journey of discipleship as being lived out in four directions – Upward (being with Jesus), Inward (becoming like Jesus), Outward (doing what Jesus did), and Withward (doing all this together).

Explore what your path might look like this season as you we practice the way of Jesus together

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FIRST SEEK


From January 4th-24th, we will be praying, fasting, and worship together with a dedicated focus to set the foundation and direction for the new year. These three weeks are designed to help us develop a greater hunger for God, and to seek His presence, power, and provision for our lives, church, and city through 2021.

Text “firstseek” 72345
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DAILY PRAYER

We are inviting every person in our church to set aside 10 minutes each day to pray around a united set of directions. Starting Monday, see daily prompts at InOurTime.co or text “firstseek” to 72345 to have them sent straight to your phone.

COMMUNITY FAST

Fasting is the practice of sacrificing something in order to focus our attention on and increase our appetite for God. We are encouraging everyone to pair their prayer with fasting in some form during these two weeks. Click here for more on why and how to fast.

We especially encourage you to join our shared Community Fast by fasting two meals every Tuesday through First Seek.

TUESDAYS ONLINE

Each Tuesday, we will have prayer meetings online at 8am, 12pm, and 8pm. Whatever your schedule, we want to provide an opportunity for you to get facetime with church family and seek God together.

WHY FIRST SEEK?

When we began our journey together as Sanctuary Church we started with a season of fasting and prayer. Prayer and fasting are not our last resort, they are always our first response. #FirstSeek is designed to prioritize the eternal and seek God’s wisdom, strength, and direction for our lives, church, and city. This year we are focusing our energy on seeking God for an awakening/revival in our city and beyond.


Whether you can’t imagine your life without prayer or you can’t imagine where to begin, the power of prayer isn’t determined by the presentation. It’s not the strength of our faith, it’s the object of our faith that changes things.

Throughout history incredible seasons of prayer and fasting have been recorded. Of course, in the eyes of those who prayed they may not have been remarkable at all. They sought God in simple and honest ways. They touched the heart of God in one way or another and changed environments, cities, nations and history itself.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. – 1 John 5:14

What if the greater Providence area continued to be transformed by the good news of Jesus and became known as a place where God is alive and at work? God placed us in one of the least churched cities in America, and through us the God of the miraculous is on the move. Our prayers aren’t as ordinary or unremarkable as we think.

Prayer and fasting touches the heart of God and reorders our values.

Prayer and fasting are critical disciplines in joining God in the renewal of all things.

“History is the story of God giving away power. After entrusting the human species with the gift of free choice, God invited its representatives to act as partners, even to argue and wrestle with the One who created them. Yet, virtually everyone God picked to lead a new venture – Adam, Abraham, Moses, David – proved disappointing in part. Apparently God committed to work with human partners no matter how inept. Jesus stayed on earth barely long enough to assemble a dozen followers (no less flawed), to whom he handed the keys of the kingdom of God. Against all odds the movement took off, and the human partnership has not stopped since. We are “God’s fellow workers,” the apostle Paul said. We collaborate with God’s actions in the world. And as God’s coworkers we are encouraged to submit our requests, our desires, and our petitions in prayer.” + Yancey

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CHURCH ONLINE, TOGETHER


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Sunday Watch Parties & Home Churches

are a great way to experience church online together. Join with friends near and far to watch and discuss the Sunday sermon, build community and make new friendships.

The way of Jesus is meant to be walked together, and we are eager to – safely – provide ways to do this on Sundays.

There are 3 types of Watch Parties

  1. Home Parties
    Small groups in homes or spaces watching together in person
  2. Facebook Parties
    Virtually hosted and attended via Facebook
  3. Zoom Parties
    Small groups gathering to watch together via Zoom

SUNDAY HOME CHURCH
Some of our midweek Home Churches have begun meeting in person on Sunday mornings. Following a home guide we sing, pray, and take communion together, streaming the message only.

Times and locations will be up soon – sign up below to be notified!

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FUTURE BUILDERS GALA


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The FUTURE BUILDERS GALA is our thank you to all those who give regularly to help build the future of Sanctuary. Join us for this special night on November 22 to build a legacy together through our generosity.

The gala is where all 3 of our congregations come together for a night of new vision, dinner, dancing and stepping out together as a church to dream for PVD and beyond.

Let’s keep dreaming | 11.22 | 7pm

*Pvd location and special guest speaker to be announced

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ALPHA / EXPLORING GOD


If you are just beginning a spiritual journey or are interested in exploring Christian spirituality, please join us for Alpha.

WHAT IS ALPHA?

Alpha is a 10 week dinner and discussion series designed for people who wouldn’t describe themselves as Christians. Our volunteers provide Alpha guests with exceptional hospitality and a friendly and respectful environment in which to discuss the big issues of life and the Christian faith.

WHO IS ALPHA FOR?

Alpha is for anyone who would not describe themselves as Christian. Alpha is for people who may not come to a Sunday service or a home group.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Alpha runs across ten weekly sessions with a weekend away midway through. Each session includes food, a short video and a discussion where guests can share their thoughts. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and everyone is free to discuss as much or as little as they wish. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.

 

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Right Before You Walk On The Moon


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July 20th, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing of the Apollo 11 mission, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon.

It’s interesting that a few minutes after landing on the surface, before they actually stepped out, Buzz Aldrin, who had been a Presbyterian minister before he was an astronaut, actually took communion there in the lander.

Retelling his experience, he says,

“I opened the little plastic packages which contained the bread and the wine. I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly curled and gracefully came up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.’”

“I ate the tiny Host and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements.”

“Perhaps, if I had it to do over again, I would not choose to celebrate communion. Although it was a deeply meaningful experience for me, it was a Christian sacrament, and we had come to the moon in the name of all mankind… But at the time I could think of no better way to acknowledge the enormity of the Apollo 11 experience that by giving thanks to God.”

I think we would be hard pressed to find any human who has not at some point been struck with awe and wonder at the sight of the moon. It has inspired art, literature, music, and poetry religions throughout history and across the world.

And this man who was able to experience the moon in ways that very few have, this man who was at the literal zenith of technological advancement and human achievement, found his awe and wonder culminated in partaking in a simple and ancient ritual: REMEMBERING the sacrifice of Jesus through communion.

This man who was able to experience the moon in ways that none of us have, this man who was at the literal zenith of technological advancement and human achievement, was moved to worship.

At the height of scientific progress, he is not overcome by his own accomplishment, but rather reminded of his absolute dependence. He is moved to consider and meditate upon what is perhaps the ultimate underlying, most fundamental reality of the universe – the self-giving love of the God who created it all.

Psalm 136:4-9
Give thanks to the Lord of lords…
To him who alone does great wonders…
Who by his understanding made the heavens…
Who spread out the earth upon the waters…
Who made the great lights…
The sun to govern the day…
The moon and stars to govern the night…
His love endures forever.

May we dive deep into the beauty and mystery and grandeur of the cosmos, letting it lead us to the cross. May we take pause at the both moon hanging in the sky, and at everything down here on the dust of this earth below, and be moved to wonder at the grace of God.

May we lift our eyes to the heavens and remember the one who set them in place.
May our response be one of joy and gratitude, of awe and of praise.

 

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IN OUR TIME


199 YEARS AGO A REVIVAL SWEPT THROUGH OUR CITY. WE ARE ASKING GOD TO DO IT AGAIN.

 

We have created a INOURTIME.CO as a resource to help catalyze the church to seek God for awakening. On it you will find a prayer guide, fasting resources and upcoming gatherings, trainings and more.

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