I personally want to try and break that pattern this year. I want to get to the New Year spiritually refreshed and invigorated for all that 2012 is going to hold. One of the keys to making that a reality is making time to be with God. I'm therefore very excited that this month on Thursday 15th December we've given over the prayer meeting to having an open time of worship, where we can just spend the best part of a couple of hours enjoying God's presence.
By choice and by design our Sunday worship is pretty structured. That's partly the result of the numbers of people we have, and partly because we don't want to 'weird out' lost people who are with us. However, that doesn't need to be the case every time we gather. On the 15th we'll have the chairs arranged 'in the round', we'll have some song books rather than using the projector and the screen, and we'll have a single guitarist to start us off rather than a band. We'll start with me doing a few minutes teaching on using spiritual gifts in meetings, and then we'll just see where we go. Should be fun!
There's a phrase I love in Peter's appeal on the day of Pentecost, when he is encouraging the people to repent and turn to God. He tells them to do this so that their sins might be forgiven, and that "times of refreshing may come from the Lord" (Acts 3:19). I'm believing for some great times of refreshing on the 15th - hope to see you there!