Mary and Martha (and special friends)!
What a sweet time of worship we had on Sunday! Is there anything better than hearing the Word and receiving Holy Communion?! And how special to sing those words, penned by Fannie Crosby, “All the way my Savior leads me, cheers each winding path I tread; gives me grace for every trial, feeds me with the living Bread. Though my weary steps may falter and my soul athirst may be; gushing from the Rock before me, lo! a spring of joy I see.”
This coming Sunday we’ll have the joy to welcome Rabbi Rod and Jenny Eisenberg at Mass! Rod, who is one of the teaching pastors at Journey Community Church, will be preaching on the three relationships of God’s people. Rod and Jenny are Jewish believers in the Messiah and trust in him for their salvation. This is a time of worship (and special lunch after) that you won’t want to miss!
I’d like to take a moment to re-share something included in this week’s “Our Life Together”. It’s that important and weighing significantly on my heart. It’s foundational for our process of Discernment & Discovery…
“There is a vital and necessary connection – a link, really – between the act of allowing the Lord to renew our minds and the commitment to contemplative prayer. One cannot happen without the other. And more than that, without our recognition of that fact, we cannot fully live into our identity as a quasi-monastic community – something more than a group of individuals who worship and pray in the same building.
We are people who have made or are making a commitment to surrender large chunks of our daily living for the sake of praying for others and for the sake of contemplating God more deeply. Because of that, we need to be more fully aware of who God is, what his will (for us and for his world) is, and what his desire for us is. This is what it means to allow him to renew our minds.
As He said in Proverbs, “There’s a way that seems right to man, but it’s end is death.” Our God is the God of life, not of death. He desires us to walk, think, act, and speak in his way of life, not for us to continue in the way of death from which He’s rescued us. So, as your priest in this community, I am asking us to make the following commitment – a commitment that will make possible the renewing of our minds (which every believer constantly needs) and the possibility of exploring the riches of God in contemplative prayer:
1. That we, at the very least, read the confession of sin, Psalm, and Reading found in Morning and Evening Prayer every day – even if we don’t read any other portions of Daily Prayer.
2. That we pause as close to Noon as possible to pray Noonday Prayer and read the meditation provided.
3. That we all, before retiring to bed each evening, engage in an Examen – asking the Lord to walk with us through our memories of the day that is closing and to show us where he needs to correct us and/or encourage us.
Attached below is this week’s “OLT”. Also, here’s the link for the very important sermon I preached at Evening Prayer last Thursday...
Here’s the link for the sermon from Mass last Sunday...
And here’s the link for the entire video of Mass last Sunday...
Praised be Jesus Christ!