Aug. 9, 2015

Solemn Assembly

Our church was so broken. We were a congregation filled with good people allowing bad attitudes to rule. We seemed to argue over petty matters while we allowed true priorities to take a back seat to our shallow needs and selfish wants. Somewhere along the way, we lost sight of God’s desire for the church and who He needed us to be – individually and collectively. 

The pastor called a solemn assembly.  Many theologians explain the crisis conference as a sacred gathering. Solemn or sacred meetings must occur when God’s people are led astray or caught off guard. We simply wake up one day and ask, "Where in the heck are we going?" At times, we must admit we have grown to be an embarrassment to Him. It’s not as if any of us strive to fail Him. It simply happens when life gets in the way. We somehow lose spiritual focus. It happens to the best of us. 

The weekend of solemn assembly was a difficult time of laying our issues before Him and in front of one another.  In its sacredness, it launched a turning point in the life of our church. We experienced many years of authentic service to our Lord and to the community He entrusted to us stemming from a time of cleaning and healing. 

Solemn assembly is needed again. Let's seek sanctuary privately, personally, and publicly. God’s people grow so busy in our agendas to serve; we lose sight of the God we are serving. We are so bulky in our busyness that we have become barren in our souls. 

It is time to seek a clean spirit allowing Him to create a new heart within us.  It is time to ask God to forgive our personal and collective sins.  It is time to open our hearts, our minds, and our imaginations to His transforming power.   

It is time to sit down, shut up, and listen to Him.  Only Him. 

“Declare a holy fast;
    call a sacred assembly.
Summon the elders
    and all who live in the land
to the house of the Lord your God,
    and cry out to the Lord.”
 

Joel 1:14 


If your church or congregation needs a facilitator for Solemn Assembly, please contact me at sosroni@aol.com.  God bless you.