Bonhoeffer wrote in a letter to his brother in 1935: "The restoration of the church will surely come only from a new type of monasticism which has nothing in common with the old but a complete lack of compromise in a life lived in accordance with the Sermon on the Mount in the discipleship of Christ. I think it is time to gather people together to do this."
Commenting on Bonhoeffer's letter, the theologian Walter Rauschenbusch wrote: "Christian ascetism called the world evil and abandoned it. Humanity is waiting for a Christian revolution which will call the world evil and change it."
Last night was the first community healing prayer service at St. Martins with the Collingwood Salvos. It was a gathering of like-minded christians who long for God's kingdom to invade the here and the now. We pressed in to God's heart for each other (from different backgrounds and traditions) and for the community of Collingwood. We are adding a 24 hour prayer that will culminate in the healing service in order to create a rhythm of prayer and spiritual discipline in our community and in our own lives.
We are hungry for God's best. I can't wait for the day where it can be 24/7... the hot fires of spiritual passion need to burn bright. Bring it on.