Each year during our fall 40Days Spiritual Growth Journey, we share a compelling experience of spiritual growth as we refocus on our purpose, calling, and mission as individuals and as a congregation. When we launched this vital Calvary tradition 17 years ago with the life transforming 40Days of Purpose, we really had no idea how significantly God would use each of these powerful experiences to shape us.
This year we embark on a very timely journey called 40Days Lord, Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace. In the midst of this pandemic, contentious election season, and social unrest, we believe this 40Days is needed now more than ever to help us engage in spiritual practices and conversations. Together we will learn about "being instruments of God's peace" as we share inspiring worship, small group experiences, Bible memory verses, an intentional focus on prayer, daily Bible readings, sharing peace with others, and missional service on Community Impact Weekend (November 7-8). We are doing this Because You Matter and what you do matters too!
We encourage you to say yes to this 40Days spiritual growth journey and commit to to getting involved in the following 7 life transforming ways. Below you will find the links to a commitment card form and a letter written by Senior Pastor Jonathan Heierman, inviting you to join us.
1 - Hear
Hear all of the weekend messages in this series, listening either in person (parking lot and indoor worship services) or online (live-streamed worship services via YouTube), so you can be inspired to grow in peace, share it, and take your next step along the Spiritual Growth Pathway (ENTER, ENGAGE, EQUIP, EXTEND).
2 - Read
Read the daily peace Bible verses, to help you ENTER into God's presence. Again this year we can text these daily right to your phone! Just text "PEACE" to 248.617.8232 to begin. You can also find the verses in the weekly guides under the 'Connect' section below.
3 - Connect
Connect with a Small Group in person or online to ENGAGE in sharing and learning about peace with others. We have Growth Groups you can choose from, or you can start your own (your family could be your group!) using the weekly guides. We will make sure you can get them online, in-person, or through the mail. We believe big life change happens in small groups (and family groups) like these. Weekly guides can be accessed with the links below.
4 - Remember
Remember the weekly peace themed memory verses, to EQUIP yourself to grow in peace by weaving God's Word into your daily life. We can text these weekly memory verses right to your phone! You can also find them in the weekly guides under the 'Connect' section above.
5 - Serve
Serve on Community Impact Weekend (November 7-8), to EXTEND God's love and peace to others outside our walls. We will offer both in-person and online ways to serve!
6 - Pray
Pray the peace prayer daily, that a spirit of peace and love will grow in and among us. Pray that our compassion will propel us as individuals and as a church to more fully embrace opportunities for ministry and spreading hope during these unprecedented times, that we may be instruments of peace in our hurting world.
7 - Share
Share God's love and peace with at least one other person each day.