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The Campus Prayer Walk

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The Severn Run Campus Prayer Walk

In the cool breeze and the bright sunshine of a beautiful spring day, on April 24, 2016, Severn Runners participated in a Campus Prayer Walk around The Church of Severn Run. Upon exiting the back of the church building, we donned our sunglasses, turned to the right and began a time of prayer and reflection.

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Station 1: Clean Hands. Pure Heart                    

…he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3)

This is actually the way to start any time of prayer. At this station we confessed any sins, grudges or burdens that we were carrying. Then we washed our hands to symbolize that God had cared for and cleansed us of those things.

Station 2: Staff and Ministries   

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. (Ephesians 1:15-17)

There are many people who help The Church at Severn Run reach those who need to know Jesus personally. Here, we wrote prayers for our staff and ministries in little journals.

We went through as a family and I was awestruck about how God is working on my children's hearts. The prayers that each one (7 &10) wrote for the staff members were very touching. What they wrote on their footsteps for where they want to go with the Lord showed their conviction, and the names of friends, teachers, and family they put on the wall showed their love
for others. We took our brick home to decide on a verse together and then put it in a place that is visible for all of us to have a daily reminder.”  
-Kari Skelton

Station 3: Our Purpose                  

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)

The Church’s mission, commandments, practices, and passions were clearly displayed at this station. We asked God to help us to see and help us fulfill our individual serving places in the purpose of our church.

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Station 4: The Tree of Prayer Warriors                      

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  (John 15:5)

Here we prayed for the commitment to our passion of “Living Jesus”. We placed our thumb in wet, green paint and then placed it on the tree as a symbol of our commitment to abide in Christ throughout our Severn Run journey.

Station 5: Build the Road         

And it will be said: “Build up, build up, prepare the road!
    Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”  (Isaiah 57:14)

At this station we prayed that we would do our part to bring the Gospel to those who need to hear it. We were encouraged to take a brick to write a motivational phrase on. Then we placed it somewhere at home where we would be reminded to work hard to spread the Good News. 

“In our congregation we have a wide range of people: from those who are unsure of their faith or just starting out on their walk with Jesus, to folks who are very spiritually mature. It was cool to see the many different approaches people had when walking the brick path and then picking one up and writing a verse or saying to remind them to pray.”

   -Daniel Lenhert

Station 6: Beautiful Feet                     

How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!”   (Isaiah 52:7)

On a long white piece of paper we traced our foot as a reminder that we each have a Jesus story to share with those around us. We prayed to live our lives every day as a witness to those around us; that we would live in such a way it would cause others to want the saving grace that we enjoy.

Station 7: Let’s Go             

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

There was a large map of our area including the location of partner ministries. We put a pin on an area and committed to praying for the people in that specific area for the next two years—that they would come to know Jesus in a personal way.

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Station 8: Salvation Station          

This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  (1Timothy 2:1. 3-4)

At this station we wrote down names of those in our lives who need to know Jesus on a wristband to wear this week as a reminder to continue to be in prayer for them. We also wrote those names on a glass wall and picked some other names from the wall to pray for as well.

“The wall where we wrote names of people and made the bracelet to wear was great. Names came to mind that I didn't even think of at first. Wearing my bracelet has reminded me to pray for them.”

 -Heather Hartwell

 Station 9: It Will Be Done        

“According to your faith let it be done to you.”  (Matthew 9:29b)

Here, we thanked God for the campus that we have, and asked him for the resources to build more and larger facilities to house the souls that have yet to know Jesus and enjoy a church home. We wrote these prayers on construction flags and claimed the ground for Jesus in faith!

Station 10: I Will Go             

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”   (Isaiah 6:8)

At this last station we prayed about our personal commitment to stay On The Road over the next 2 years by praying, asking, serving, and giving. We took a cross necklace as a reminder of our commitment. Learn more about what being On The Road means here


 

The Campus Prayer Walk was a meaningful way to engage with the campus and pray about the work that has already been done at the Church of Severn Run, how we see him at work in our daily lives, and anticipate in faith what God will continue to do.

Enjoy a brief slideshow of pictures taken during the Campus Prayer Walk by following this link.

 

A Fight Club You Can Talk About

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“It’s not about becoming more of a man or admitting to other men you’re not doing something right. It’s about making choices that get you one-step closer on your journey toward Christ”                                                                                                            – Sean DeLair

Fight Club has just begun another Iteration. Each Iteration is a 12-week commitment wherein men must complete a few tasks in several categories each week: relational, physical, mental, and spiritual. Some tasks are a simple as reading a Proverb daily while others can be more difficult like run a mile a couple of days this week. Accountability to other men in the program is vital. While there is encouragement along the way, not every man graduates from the program. It’s a strenuous commitment, but all the graduates have cause to be proud of their work and achievement.

All the Fight Club leaders have made it through the program at least one time. One leader tried a couple of other times and failed. It’s not easy, but “you learn something every time”, he says.

What’s that you say? Not ready for a 12-week commitment of serious sacrifice? No problem. You’ll be encouraged to take the plunge when God tells you it’s time but until then, you can hang out with the guys at their regular Connect Group at 8:30 Wednesday nights at the church building.

Lots of men aren’t particularly overcome with enthusiasm at the thought of sitting around with a bunch of dudes talking about their issues. However the Fight Club guys are the best bunch of dudes around. Sean DeLair says, “We’ve been conditioned about what being a man looks like. We’re trying to break out of that box. In the “box” real men are loners and don’t talk, but that’s not biblical. It’s not what we’re created for.”

Fight Club guys talk about real issues, real struggles, real pain, real temptation. They explore what the Bible says and how God wants them to handle it well as an example to their families and others. In the world’s view, “men aren’t supposed to show weakness when they’re vulnerable, but to share that weakness with others who can point you toward Christ is actually the most courageous thing”.

View Will Skelton’s testimony here and consider getting connected with Fight Club.

IF: Severn Run Conference Recap

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It began with a purpose, prayer, and preparation. In the middle there was laughter, tears, and confession. Then, there came a new beginning with the changed hearts of almost 70 women.

There is no end.

God gave Jennie Allen, a pastor’s wife and Bible study author from Austin, Texas, a vision for equipping women to boldly go into their communities, work places, and the world to share the love of Jesus. With that, IF: Gathering was born.

On February 5th and 6th Severn Run hosted a local simulcast of IF: Gathering; IF: Severn Run. There were speakers, conversations, and there was a call to action:

                  :: IF…
                                    IF Jesus is real, then how does that affect how I live?
                                    IF Jesus loves us, then how should we respond?


These are some things that God talked to IF: Severn Run attendees about:

IF: Table: IF: Table involves 6 women, 4 questions, 2 hours. When you host an IF: Table, you make a simple meal and invite 6 ladies. IF provides questions that make you think about God and where He is in your life. The goal of IF: Table is to open the door for conversation. Through these conversations relationships are enhanced. It is a safe place for guests to ask real questions and share hard situations. At IF: Table, you’ll be loved and pointed to Jesus. For resources to host an IF: Table click here or click here to request an invitation to a group that’s already meeting.

Racial Reconciliation: Tasha Morrison shared her downloadable curriculum and guidelines to facilitate discussion concerning racial reconciliation. Living so close to Baltimore and seeing the distrust between the races, several women were looking for the opportunity to have conversations about race in a Christ-centered way. Tasha encouraged ladies at IF to pray about leading a racial reconciliation discussion in their communities and several Severn Run women are interested in making that happen.

Missions: A representative from International Justice Mission (IJM) based down the road in DC brought to light atrocities women and children are facing when they are enslaved. IF: Severn Run women were burdened with that knowledge and are seeking out ways they can serve in the mission field.

Families: Women were able to reflect on the state of their families. Some shared how their daughters are lacking in confidence and are insecure in their self-image because of their mother’s struggle with the same issues. God broke down those walls and moms went home with a renewed sense of self and the desire to change how they view and speak of themselves, so that their daughters can be influenced in a positive way.

It’s always nice for women to gather together to hear from the Lord. It’s even nicer when we are moved by the Spirit to make a change in our lives, our families, and our communities. Severn Run Women are doing just that!

The Ignition Banquet Kicks Off On The Road

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On Friday, February 18, over 400 people gathered at the Ignition Banquet in the Worship Center that was transformed into a banquet hall to launch our On The Road capital campaign.

The evening was filled with fun, food, games and great conversation. A meal of salad, rice, chicken and green beans was expertly served by the boys and girls of Club 56 who generously volunteered their time to serve the food and bus the tables.

     

Pastor John and Bonni Mace hosted a fun game based on The Price is Right where in two rounds five contestants bid on the cost of various items on the Severn Run budget. People were amazed that the yearly toilet paper budget was under $500. Lee Nicholas won the game’s showcase by correctly guessing the monthly budget for the building’s mortgage.

Although the evening was wrought with fun and games and ended with a great time of worship led by the Worship Tribe, the purpose of the evening was to share the vision for the Future of Severn Run.

It is not enough to just be a church; there is a larger purpose—to creatively reveal the love of the Father through the life of the Son in the power of the Holy Spirit to our community until everyone has heard the message of God’s love.

And in order to grow our church community from 1200 to 5000+ disciples, we must first share about Jesus. Second, we must have the kind of space that allows all of those people to have a place to worship, serve and grow. And this is what On The Road is about—to gather the resources to expand ministry and friendships, and to create environments to make room for everyone.

This campaign isn’t just about a building—we are each challenged to give all we can so God can use our investment to reduce our current mortgage, increase our missions and other partnership involvement, reach more people in our community, and plan for future expansion.

There are four specific ways you can get On The Road: Give, Serve, Ask and Pray. When you give an offering (beyond your tithe) designated to On The Road each month for the next two years, you help us get closer to implementing the vision God has given. When you serve by helping with events, or by joining other areas of the On The Road Serve Team, you help make the journey a success. By asking others to help, or inviting them to be a part of Severn Run, you can help others experience the blessing of extravagant giving. And when you pray, you help fuel the journey and guard against mishaps. 

And so we ask that you prayerfully consider the role God has for you over the next two years that we are On The Road. Remember that even a small gift is not small at all when you put it into the hands of God.

Learn more about On The Road.

The Worship Tribe CD Due To Release Soon

The Worship Tribe is excited to announce their new CD, which engages listeners with an eclectic blend of genres that collectively draws us into the presence of Jesus.

Set to release in February, the album has been more than a year in the making. Ben Kennedy, Severn Run’s Worship Pastor, says, “With this CD, we’re putting the boat into the water. We’ll be on the river for a long time, but this album is a starting point. A way to show folks where we are right now and who we are as a church. Just as our fathers in the faith marked parts of their journeys with a monument or altar, we are marking this part of our journey in the life of The Church at Severn Run with the Worship Tribe CD”.

With 15-20 Severn Run Worship Tribe musicians contributing and involved in the making of music on the CD, it is truly a collaborative effort and a home grown product. The CD has not been altered by commercial or industry big shots and is a true reflection of the body of believers at Severn Run.

Featured on the CD are ballads, hymns, dance music, anthems, and even hip-hop. There’s something for everyone. “Not every song is an anthem, but every person needs to find their anthem”, shares Pastor Ben.

We love our uniquely diverse congregation and the album consists of songs that appeal to people across cultures and economics, to the young and old, those who are spiritually mature, or new believers. Through this music we are united as followers of Jesus.

The Worship Tribe hopes that the CD will be used as an evangelism tool. A Severn Runner, can simply use it as a conversation starter. Not every church’s worship team makes a CD, so the fact that ours has, is kind of cool. When you invite someone to church and they’re not sure what to expect, you can point them to the CD. In this way, they can get a feel of what worship on a Sunday morning will feel like: fun, uplifting, and Christ-focused.

Keep an eye out for the drop date for the CD. We are so proud of our Worship Tribe and the love they’ve poured into this project. We can’t wait to see how God uses the CD to further his kingdom!

 

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