Battered by the winds of a pandemic, social unrest and an especially contentious election season, America is now poised to answer a call to repentance and restoration signaled from the lighthouse of a grassroots church movement known as “The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance” —now set to kick off one day earlier, with a newly added worship and prayer service called “The Return: Next Generation.”
Scheduled for Sept. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. EDT on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the special service known as “The Return: Next Generation” welcomes the general public, young people, families—all can join as a precursor to the main gathering of “The Return” on Sept. 26, which will draw tens of thousands in person and online.
“The Return: Next Generation” will honor our military and law enforcement personnel. In addition, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell will launch his new national addiction recovery ministry, the Lindell Recovery Network. National music artist Danny Gokey and other worship artists will appear alongside a moving keynote message given by Nicky Cruz.
Attendees should enter the special Sept. 25 gathering at 12th Street and Madison Drive and are encouraged to observe appropriate social distancing, aided by fencing provided by the crew of “The Return: Next Generation.” Food trucks and portable restroom facilities will be available.
In ancient times, the Greeks referred to kairos to mean “opportunity,” a sailing term that literally means “toward the port.” Sailors used it to describe the precise moment when the tide and winds were favorable to make it safely to port. They would set their sails to take full advantage of this moment. Pastor Kevin Jessip, along with The New York Times’ bestselling author Jonathan Cahn—co-chairs of “The Return”—believe Sept. 25 and 26 represent America’s kairos moment.
“When God is at work, as He is now, we must wake up to that opportunity, set our sails to His favor and ride in His boat, using the wind and tide,” Jessip said. “The time has come for each of us. We have been called to seize the moment! We are at the threshold of the greatest move of God in our time.”
Jessip believes the opportunity is time sensitive and demands courage of the American church, and that the moment could easily be lost by those who hesitate.
“‘Opportunity’ implies ‘the right moment, which may only last for a moment,'” Jessip said. “Kairos means a God-given opportunity is being offered to mankind at a specific moment in time. However, the word also implies there is a risk of faith. In other words, as time moves on, the opportunity can be missed.”
That’s why Jessip and Cahn, along with many Christian leaders throughout America, are urging people to attend “The Return: Next Generation” worship service on Sept. 25 in person or online, as well as the main Sept. 26 gathering that will call the American church to prayer and repentance.
“We are living in a kairos moment today,” Jessip continued. “We believe that working together in unison under the leadership of Jesus Christ, we will be honoring the appeal of the apostle Paul when he said in Romans 15:5-6, ‘May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity amongst yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.'”
SOURCE: Hamilton Strategies