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A communal experiment in listening to God

During the month of September, together as a church community, we are going to step into an experiment in listening to God. Beginning on September 10th, through 21 daily prompts (via text message), we will collectively seek to hear God for our own lives and the community of Upper Room.


Some of us are practiced at hearing God and others question if we really hear from Him. Those of you who like structure may find this challenging….the unstructured, creative among us may find this to be refreshing. It is our hope that in the open structure of this listening, God will speak in the ways most meaningful to each of us.


We have the structured the 21 days in a purposeful way so:

  • Everyone in the community can seek to hear God… adults, children, and families

  • It will result in a visual record of how we have heard God

  • It will culminate in 21 days with a celebration of what we heard and an opportunity to reflect on what God wants us to hear collectively

What are we entering into together:

  • 21 days of prompts sent to you through text

  • 3 Themes lasting 7 days each

How do you hear God through…….ex. words, nature

How do you need to hear God in….ex. stillness, injustice

How do WE need to hear God as a community in….ex. surrender, waiting

  • Two days of each week you will be asked to complete an activity centered on the prompt. The other five days you will just receive the word.  

  • Our ask: In reflecting on the daily prompts, we would love for you to take a picture that symbolizes what you heard from God that day. Send the picture, along with a couple of sentences explaining the significance of the image, back to us by simply replying to the prompt. We plan to use these images in the weeks to come.  

  • And please save the pictures from each of the 21 days on your phone as we will have an opportunity to share more on September 30th. 

Lastly, we hope you can join us on Sunday, September 30th, as we come together for a time of sharing and celebration. We are excited to see what God has in store through this time of listening. 

To take part in this 21 day experiment in listening to God, simply text the phrase “listen21” to 97000.

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