Rhythms: Prayer & Fasting

Dear Mosaic Boston Family,

When's the last time you thought about food? A few hours ago? An hour ago? Or (more likely), a few minutes ago? We live in a culture of abundance and indulgence. Food is ubiquitous. Not just food: delicious food. Especially in a wonderful city like Boston.

Within a 10 minute walk radius from where I live, here's some of the food I have access to: Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Korean, Thai, 2 Mexican restaurants, 2 burger joints, a burrito place (often frequented by members of Mosaic), a Jewish bakery, a Jewish deli, a Jewish butchery, a French place, 2 Korean restaurants, a Russian market, 5 pizzas places, 3 Sushi places, 3 sandwich shops, a steak house, not to mention the 3 bars, 4 coffee shops, oh, and 3 grocery stores. I'm sure that list isn't exhaustive, just mentioned all the places I've been to. Food is all around us. If I can't walk there, Uber Eats comes through every time. 

When every day becomes a feast, no day truly is. We've lost the rhythm of feasting (celebrating God's bounty and kindness), because we've lost the rhythm of fasting (celebrating God). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus takes for granted that his disciples will fast on a regular basis, by saying "When you fast..." not "if you fast..." In Matthew 9:15b, Jesus, referring to His disciples says, "they will fast." However, Jesus wants to make clear that fasting is only a means, never an end. Thus, Jesus connects prayer with fasting. We don't fast to fast, but fast to pray--and we don't pray to pray, but pray to fellowship with Our Heavenly, our greatest need, even greater than that for food.  

What does it mean to fast? What should I fast from? How long should I last? What are the purposes of fasting? When should I not fast? Join us tomorrow as we consider these questions and more, by looking at the spiritual rhythm of fasting, in order to feast on fellowship with God. 

Praying for you, 
Pastor Jan

Announcements

Holiday Service Changes
Sunday, January 6th: Only 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. services––no evening service. Mini Mosaic and youth group resume as normal.

Baptism Seminar 
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Friday, January 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
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