The Niskayuna Wesleyan Church is located in a suburb of Albany, NY. Half a million people live within twenty-five minutes of their property. Thousands of cars go by daily!
In 2013-14, the church averaged 68 in the Sunday Morning Worship Service. Josh and Jess Woods, thirty-somethings, answered the call to lead this congregation. They arrived in August 2013. The repentance service that follows was put together by Josh, and it took place on June 8, 2014.
Just after the service, the church property was shut down to undergo a facelift. Services were moved to the Central Park in Schenectady. During the two months of mobile worship, the core was challenged to relaunch under an other name--Awaken (www.awakenchurchny.org), with revitalized purpose and passion. A neighboring church, Fusion Community Church, is sending 40 missionaries to aid in this relaunch.
Preview services start on September 21, 2014, with the ReLaunch Sunday scheduled for October 12, 2014.
(Song sung by Carrie Hulse)...
Repentance Prayer by
Heavenly Father, we come before you today in a spirit of repentance. We acknowledge before you that, at times, we have been disobedient, at times we have ignored You and the call You have placed upon us as a church. We are here today to repent and to embrace the calling that You have placed on us to take Your name into the world and make disciples of all nations.
We acknowledge that we have not been completely faithful to the calling we received. We acknowledge before you that we have not been as focused on our community as we ought to have been. We have witnessed our community grow around us. We have witnessed thousands of people far from you move into our city, and we confess that we have not been faithful in showing them Your Son, Jesus. We confess that we have not been faithful in building relationships. We confess that we have not relentlessly sought to bring the lost to You. We confess that we have not become an overwhelming presence in our community; a beacon of light so that people can see You and enter a life-changing relationship with You.
We confess that we have not been faithful in fulfilling the Great Commission. We are guilty of not making disciples in our community and of being inward focused instead of focused on the peoplearound us who are far from God . We seek forgiveness for not showing those people what it means to have a life-changing relationship with You. As we are gathered here this today, we think of relationships that we have with friends, family, co-workers, and classmates. There are so many people in our lives who are far from You. God, forgive us for not leveraging our relationships to tell people about Your life-changing grace. Forgive us for not seeking with all our hearts a way to show them that your love and mercy can awaken them to new Life. And forgive us for not daily being in prayer for open doors and opportunities to tell our community that You are alive and that You care about them.
God, we seekforgiveness for not being involved in our schools. We have not sought opportunities to get involved in our local schools nor used our resources and time to effectively make an impact on local education. We seek forgiveness for not using our student and children's ministries to reach children and teens effectively who are far from You. For the thousands of young people around us who desperately need a relationship with Jesus, we ask for Your forgiving grace for not pursuing them.