Report on the April GOGCC Worship and Prayer Gathering at Marstons Mills Community Churchby The GOGCC team on April 22, 2022
Dear friends, We had a wonderful, anointed worship and prayer gathering last Wednesday at Marstons Mills Community Church (MMCC) where people from different churches, denominations, ethnic groups, and generations gathered together to worship the Lord with one voice and pray in unity for our beloved Cape Cod! The gathering started with the MMCC worship team together with pastor Rob Cummings of Gateway Christian Center leading us in anointed uplifting worship, followed by pastor Mike Allen of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship leading in prayer. We were then reminded briefly of the purpose and vision of our monthly worship and prayer gatherings in the context of the Lord stirring us 18 years ago with The Glory of God on Cape Cod vision. As we shared last month, the Lord said that David was a man after God's own heart. We get a glimpse of David's heart in Psalm 132:2-5: "He swore an oath to the Lord, he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: I will not enter my house or go to my bed, I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob." David loved the Lord, had zeal for His name and His House, and wanted to build a physical temple, a resting place for the Lord. We prepare ourselves corporately as one body and one family, as resting place for the dwelling/manifest presence of God, by pursuing unity/oneness, consecration, and united prayer. "In whom the whole building, being fitted together grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you (plural) are also being built together for a dwelling place of God (the manifest presence of God) in the Spirit." (Ephesians 2:21,22). By doing so, we are doing the equivilent of what David did, and to the extent with which we zealosly pursue these things is the extent to which we have a heart like David. David's zeal for the Lord made him indignant when he heard Goliath defying Israel, as he said to his brother, "Is there not a cause?" (1 Samuel 17:29), and that cause for David was, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine who defies the armies of the Living God!?" (1 Samuel 17:26). We can say the same thing in our times: Is there not a cause? Like David, don't we want to see the name of the Lord honored and exalted on Cape Cod and beyond? The Scriptures futher reveal David's motivation as he faced Goliath, "This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand... that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel." (1 Samuel 17:46) What motivates us to pursue the hard work of unity which requires humilty instead of the easier path of independence? What motivates us to give up our own individual agendas, visions and plans and seek the Lord's agenda, vision and plan for the region? What motivates us to have a heart like John the baptist, to be friends of the bridegroom, and seek that "Jesus must increase and we must decrease?" (John 3:29) Our answer is the same as David's: So that we experience the glory of God (His manifest presence) in our midst and unbelievers encounter God when they come among us, and Cape Cod (and beyond) may know that Jesus is alive! The gathering proceeded with pastor Earl Roberts sharing a brief exhortation from 1 Kings 18:41-45, which resonated to those in attendance as right from the heart of God:
And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” (Vs. 41)
Elijah gave the prophetic word in the midst of a drought. Not only was there no evidence of heavy rain, but the prophesied conditions were an antithesis to the prevailing reality.
"So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees." (Vs. 42)
Elijah then did what was necessary to move the hand of God and bring the thing prophesied into reality. He prayed.
“Go and look toward the sea,” (Vs. 43) he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”
Elijah remained in prayerful, faithful expectation, even when there was no immediate sign of the prophesied rain.
The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” (Vs. 44) So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”
Finally, in the fullness of time, came the first sign of imminent rain!(Vs.45)
It has been 18 years since the prophetic word which birthed the Glory of God on Cape Cod. We’re on our “seventh” look, and we finally see signs of a stirring in the Body of Christ here on Cape Cod. It is yet as small as a man’s hand, but it presages the prophesied spiritual deluge to come!
We must continue as Elijah did, to remain on our knees with our faces to the ground, in prevailing and incessant prayer. Let’s get ready!
"Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again, he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops." (James 5:17-18)
Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Forestdale Church Building 110 Route 130 Forestdale, MA 02644
Wednesday May 25, 2022 6:30 - 8:00 pm Join us and invite your friends. Here is the Facebook events page. We look forward to seeing you! The Glory of God on Cape Cod team