Everyday Mission: 21 Day GOSPEL Experiment

by JR Woodward on May 31, 2016

The 21 Day GOSPEL Experiment  

Re-orienting Life Around the Table

On Sunday, in Columbia Heights, JR Woodward shared his 21 Day Gospel Experiment. You can find the GOSPEL acronym below, as well as the prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi; and you can listen to the message here.


What it will take: 2 meals a week, 5 minutes in the morning and  5 min at night.    

Get with at least one person and commit to participating in the 21 day gospel experiment, and meet once a week over a meal to share how things are going.

Orient yourselves toward God, how he has blessed you, remembering he is the primary agent of mission.

Select one of the four gospels and read a chapter a day, immersing yourself in the story, paying attention to Jesus' life and message as well as the significance of the table in his ministry.

Pray at the beginning of each day to center yourself on God and others. Offer yourself as an instrument to God, pray for 3 people who don't know God, and bless at least one person a day

Eat with someone who doesn't self identify as a Christian once a week, with another Christian, sharing life stories (3-4 life changing events) or the highs and lows of the week.

Listen to the Spirit throughout the day, and through the Stop, Look and Listen Ignatius practice at the end of the day.


Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we find life.
Attributed to St. Francis

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