Characteristics of community living #2: Rhythm and relations
It’s not always easy to describe what it’s like to live in a community. Actually you have to experience it yourself to understand it, and even then you’ll be surprised about things every day.
The Seamill Centre has its own weekly rhythm. That means we have specific moments we come together as a community. The repeated weekly gatherings are very significant for this community life. It’s good to meet each other, encounter God together and just hear what’s going on in everybody’s life.
Many people have problems with Mondays. They probably don’t like their work or something. Whatever the reason may be, no bad Mondays anymore when you live this community life. We start the day with a wonderful time of worship together. Every week another staff member shares about what God put on their hearts. Sometimes we end up in singing worship songs, sometimes we get encouraged by each other’s testimonies and sometimes we pray for each other. It’s different each Monday, but good every time. Halfway our week we come together again, this time is more about sharing. We share about what is going on in Seamill and what everybody is up to. We take time to celebrate a certain team or person and the way they serve with YWAM. This often goes along with a corporate prayer or sharing prophetic words, it’s a very festive and encouraging morning!
Thursdays make me really happy as well and I think I’m not the only one who enjoys them. At 11 in the morning it’s time for our Special Break. Someone prepares a few pots of good coffee and of course a wee treat. I love all the brownies and cupcakes that come by but maybe I like all those smiling faces even better. You don’t see everybody as often as the person one desk next to you, but during Special Break you get the chance to talk to everyone! At the end of the week we come together one more time in Community Prayer. On this Friday morning we pray for a certain nation. I noticed since I’m with YWAM, I’m getting more and more aware of the fact that there are more countries in the world than just The Netherlands. Nations prayer is a beautiful way of being involved with what is happening in the world and sharing God’s heart for those nations.
I realised all these moments of coming together are very conducive for an atmosphere of unity. In order to fruitfully work on YWAM’s mission, this unity is needed. Before Jesus went back to His Father, He prayed for us to be one, so that the world may believe that God has sent Him. He prayed that we will be in Him as He is in the Father and the Father in Him so that the world knows God loves them as much as He loves Jesus. It is Jesus’ desire for us to be one and the enemy will do everything to try to stop that because he knows what we are capable of when we are one. That is why it’s so important that we do not just do our own things and get our own jobs done, but also invest in relationships and coming together to listen to each other so that we will be one.