R/CITY – STREET RETREAT

Wayne Wynter / March 2, 2020

Matthew 25:35–40 (ESV): For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

R/CITY – Street Retreat is a quarterly program that gives special attention to our brothers and sisters from and around our community, who are in danger of or experiencing homelessness. We invite them into our Church home for approximately 1 week as our personal guests for a very intentional time of fellowship and support. 

During this week as we fellowship with our guests, there are several specific areas we intentionally focus on.

  1. Rest – our guests are invited to retreat into the safety of our church as we provide temporary shelter and an opportunity for momentary rest from the streets. 
  2. Resources – local community partners are invited to participate in connecting our friends to resources that can support their journey to healing and restoration. These resources may include directions to possible work, mental & physical healthcare, shelters, social services, etc. 
  3. Relationships – Healthy and helpful relationships are very important for getting back on track. We put a high priority on relationship building with our guests. We hope to offer more than just a momentary program but ongoing friendship and fellowship. These times will be rich with brothers and sisters who want to know and be known by them.
  4. Redemption – This entire week-long experience is intentionally framed against the backdrop of the gospel narrative. We will walk through the different aspects of the gospel story on different days of the week in order to encourage and remind our friends that their lives are a beautiful part of God’s story. 

THE BANQUET 

In Luke 14:12-14 Luke records a conversation at a wedding feast between Jesus and the host:

The Parable of the Great Banquet – 

12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

Jesus often used banquets, feasts or meals to symbolize the kingdom of God. He would even ultimately invite his disciples into a rhythm of remembering him through a meal. A meal that was not only serve as a reminder of his death burial and resurrection but also Point towards that great feast to come in the new heaven and new earth.

Revelation 19:6–9 (ESV): The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, 

  “Hallelujah! 

  For the Lord our God 

the Almighty reigns. 

 7  Let us rejoice and exult 

and give him the glory, 

  for the marriage of the Lamb has come, 

and his Bride has made herself ready; 

 8  it was granted her to clothe herself 

with fine linen, bright and pure”— 

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 

9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

The banquet is the highlight of our time. Each night we will host a banquet dinner with the poor among us as our guests of honor. We will sit and eat with them as we learn their stories while sharing our own.

Reserve a spot:

If you or someone you know are interested in participating in the next Street Retreat or would like more info please contact us via phone at 602-492-2633 or email: alhambra.rcity@redemptionaz.com

Our 2020 Dates are :  March 23rd – 29th, 

Volunteer:

If your or some you know would like to volunteer with the donation of your time and or talents please fill out this form:https://redaz.in/Rcity 

Give:

If you would like participate through monetary donations and or gifts please visit us at this link: https://redaz.in/retreat or visit our Amazon Wish lists hospitality : https://redaz.in/rcity-wish and Kitchen supplies https://redaz.in/kitchen

To learn more and connect with us on social media please follow us on Facebook here: https://redaz.in/retreat-social 

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