Looking Forward

Thank you to each and every person who is participating in every aspect of this process. Thank you to those who began working, planning, and attending to the details which were necessary to position our church to even be in this conversation. 

Thank you to those who are engaging in the church meetings, prayer meetings, Sunday school class discussions, and private discussions to get as much information as possible for making an informed decision. Your diligence as a church to seek wisdom and work together speaks to your love and investment in Forest Hills. Thank you to those who privately and publicly addressed concerns about the processes and Forest Hills' future. You have been heard, and your concerns are valid.

 

As we move forward, it is our desire to continue to seek God's wisdom and guidance in all the decisions we make. This is a season of change in our lives as individuals and, corporately, in our church. For the casual attendant to our worship services, there may be no noticeable change other than our publication logos, for we will continue to worship and serve God like we always have. But for those who have been, or are, deeply involved in the polity and doctrine of our now former denomination, the change is deeper, and may include lament for the establishment we are leaving behind, as well some apprehension about where God is leading us next.



Thus, for the next 21 days (August 28-September 17) we are setting aside a time of corporate prayer and fasting in order to:

  •  Confess and repent of our sin, both individually and corporately
  •  Discern and discover God’s direction for Forest Hills Church
  •  Give thanks for what God has done and continues to do in the life/lives of our church. 
  •  This time of prayer and fasting will also offer us opportunities to intercede for needs as the Holy Spirit lays them on our hearts. 


We have not been down this path together as a church. We anticipate and are excited to see the new things God has in store for us. We desire to commit to God’s will and plan; and we are seeking this together. As a member of Forest Hills Church, you are invited and encouraged to participate in this time of repentance, discernment, thanksgiving, intercession, and preparation together. 


What is Expected?

We hope you are already praying regularly for our church. This is something a bit more strategically focused and intentionally guided so that we are moving together in the same direction, each person praying for our church and fasting in the way the Holy Spirit leads them. We will begin on August 28 with a Prayer Meeting at 5pm in the Sanctuary. Then, continuing thru September 17, we will have a daily Scripture reading and prayer focus with which we can each interact, provided through a Prayer Guide, available at the church or online. This is a general guide, as each person will follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in their time with God.


On Sunday, September 18, we will break our fast with “Fruit and Fruitfulness.” We will serve fruit in our gathering areas before worship and invite you to share how your prayers have been fruitful!


We will have times of corporate prayer during these 21 days on Sundays at 5pm and Wednesdays at 6pm in the Sanctuary. Dates are:

  • Sunday, August 28th, 5pm
  • Wednesday, August 31st, 6pm
  • Sunday, September 4th, 5pm
  • Wednesday, August 7th, 6pm
  • Sunday, September 11th, 5pm
  • Wednesday, September 14th, 6pm


The Bible tells us, “The prayer of the righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16b). Scripture has numerous examples of the spiritual discipline of fasting being coupled with prayer to seek God’s presence, intervention, and power. We will look at some of those over the next 21 days and seek to follow these precepts, for we want God’s will and God’s results. The Church is the Body of Christ. Forest Hills Church— each one of us who gather together in this place— are members of that Body, doing His will.