“For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand [anywhere else]; I would rather be a doorkeeper and stand at the threshold in the house of my God than to dwell [at ease] in the tents of wickedness.” Psalm 84:10
Friday saw the second meeting of the Beautiful Gate House of Prayer. No doubt some have questions. Questions like; “Why here?” “Why Now” “Why Beautiful Gate?” All good questions, so let’s take a few minutes to discuss our vision, and our journey to get here
Some years ago a young couple was sent to Rutland to plant a church only to have God tell them, “I have enough churches, want I want is a house of prayer.” Back then I doubt if many of us even knew what a house of prayer was, I certainly didn’t, but when I heard about it, something resonated in my heart and I knew it was right…whatever “it” was. So the Rutland Prayer and Worship Center was born. It went on for over ten years, growing, sowing prayer into the region, changing the atmosphere, making a difference.
About eight years or so ago, they answered the call to move to Burlington and plant a new work there. At about the same time, the building we had been meeting in since the Prayer and Worship Center’s inception was sold. Most of us continued for a season, meeting Friday nights at various venues. Eventually we stopped meeting on a formal basis, yet some continued to meet most Fridays, soaking and seeking God’s will and plan.
One thing became clear in time. our founders may have moved to Burlington, and the center may have closed, but God’s call to build a prayer and worship center here in Rutland remained. In time we came into agreement with His will, and agreed to pick up the mantle, saying yes, to rebuilding the prayer and worship center here in Rutland. We continued to pray and seek His plan. Over time, the Lord gave us some insight and understanding of His plans. Finally, He began to speak to us about a name
But why here in Rutland and why now? The Lord has shown us that Rutland is strategic for many reasons; it is a crossroads, and a resting place. More to the point, God has called it a city of refuge, and has referred to it as His Royal City. After years of prayer and waiting He has told us to begin, step out with what we have and know, and let Him worry about the rest. So we are stepping out in faith, formally beginning meetings again, for now, in our living room. As we grow, we will look for someplace larger.
How did we come up with the name Beautiful Gate? Well, the short answer is we didn’t God did. As we prayed about it we kept hearing “Beautiful Gate.” As we pressed into it, the Lord showed us Isaiah 60:11 “And your gates shall be open continually, they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the nations…” He also showed us that the Beautiful Gate was the gate into the temple, into the Holy Place.
So we hope, that as we worship, we will pass into the Holy Place and come out bearing His anointing, and doing His work. We desire to worship and intercede on behalf of our city, our region, our state, our nation and the nations from a place of intimacy as we draw near to the Throne.
Some will ask who we are affiliated with. We are affiliated with the Church, the Body of Christ. We have made a deliberate choice not to seek affiliation with any denomination or church body as it is our desire that this would become a safe place where all believers can come together in unity to worship the One True God. There are those we personally have come alongside and who have come alongside us, whom we have depended upon and will continue to depend upon for wise, godly council, but if you want to know who we follow, the answer is we will follow the Lord
So there you have it, where we are coming from, and where we hope to go. What’s that you say? What are our plans for the future? Well our short term plan is to follow the Dove, our five year plan is to follow the Dove, and our long term plan is … you guessed it, follow the Dove
If you are in the area, see you Fridays at seven!