Mary Ann West, Member- New Creation Community
Saturday, March 25, the Charismatic Renewal of Raleigh participated in a half day of Renewal titled: “Mission Possible! The Mission of the Church – How I Participate”. It was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church and sponsored by “One in The Spirit” Prayer Group.
A ten-member team from New Creation Community facilitated the day. New Creation Community is a Catholic, Charismatic, Covenant Community, recognized as a Lay Association of the Faithful by the Diocese of Richmond, and with Communities from around the world, is a member of the Catholic Fraternity, a Lay Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right.
The Day of Renewal was conceived almost a year ago over a cup of coffee and a sisterly conversation with Wendy Edwards, whom I initially met in 2014 when I was visiting my Raleigh children. As we shared, the conversation drifted to: “Was there a way that New Creation could serve the Raleigh Diocese?” As we spoke and prayed during the following months, we began to hone what would best serve the Raleigh Renewal. Our conversations went to a core of why the Charismatic Renewal exists – for people within the Church to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to evangelize to the person of Jesus Christ.
The first talk centered on what God asks us to do, “The Lay Vocation to Evangelize: To Be Salt and Light to the World.” The second talk, “Listening to The Holy Spirit and Sharing What He Says.” helped us learn to be equipped to do the work of evangelization.
Following the talks, we watched a demonstration of listening and sharing what the Holy Spirit shares with one individual for another. Then the participants split the large group into pairs. We prayed, listened, and shared with our partners what we received from the Holy Spirit for them. This time encouraged both partners through the words and pictures that were given and received. It also gave each person an opportunity to take a risk; we were praying with people we did not know or know well.
After lunch, a team member gave testimony about how she has shared Christ in her everyday life and responded to divine appointments. Our last session was a prayer meeting. The time of praise and worship helped us recognize God’s presence and disposed us to hear more from Him in the words that followed. A brief synopsis of some of them is:
I Call you to comfort my people, I am working on your heart of stone, Love My people
The field is white with the harvest. The wheat is coming. It will follow you as you walk through the fields. Be prepared! We ARE the harvesters!
God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and might!
My word and breath flow through you, just as through my Handmaiden. Will you say YES?
The Lord truly DOES GREAT things for us!
One response from an attendant: “The talks gave me hope that I am not an insignificant part of the Church’s mission, but a very significant part. Especially I am meant to be a significant part of each life I touch. But I need to Listen to the “Commanding General”, the Holy Spirit, who has the total picture. I must practice that and learn how to do that.”
Thank you, Wendy and One in The Spirit Prayer Group for inviting us, New Creation Community, to meet, encourage so many of you in the Renewal. Of course, we were encouraged by meeting and serving you.
God is in the relationship business. I have been blessed to have prayed with One in The Spirit Prayer Group during my family visits to Raleigh. We, New Creation, are happy to be forging a relationship with the Charismatic Renewal in Raleigh. We will continue to pray for you and all that the Holy Spirit is about in Raleigh; please pray for us as well.
Thank you to all who provided such a healthy lunch. What a variety of choices! Thank you to the families who provided housing Friday night. Thank you, participants, for your active involvement. Thank you, New Creation Team. How good and pleasant it is when we serve together!
God’s choices blessings to you all, brothers and sisters in Christ, The New Creation Team
Ron’s word as he sent out on Monday: (A slightly different version of Saturday’s word)
Brothers and Sisters--
This word is for NCC, Richmond, and Raleigh.
The Lord is speaking directly to us in Ex. 19:4-6a and Is. 65:17-21. The Holy Spirit is preparing to come forth like a Spring bud that appears to be dormant but then comes forth in full bloom. He is saying to us it is time to stop pussyfooting around and begin to boldly proclaim the Lordship of Jesus, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, and Community (Covenant Community). The fields are ripe for the harvest and the wheat will be coming to us as we walk through the field. The Holy Spirit has been restrained, but now He is breaking through! Be prepared! Be prepared!