Beware.

Wednesday mornings we're inviting people to meet with us at Taborspace in SE Portland at 7am, but we're also welcoming individuals to take part remotely. Tuesday evenings the plans for Wednesday mornings will be posted here. We believe that life is better together, however we can make that happen. Please consider making this a regular part of your weekly practice.

We know that it is tough to find communities centered on Contemplative Christianity and hope this serves as a support for individuals who don't feel like they fit inside or outside of the church, but still haven't given up their seeking and knocking.

 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

 

S A C R E D  R E A D I N G

R E A D - Without bias, assumption, or expectation; fully and simply listen, with your mind and heart; read through the passage at least twice

R E F L E C T - Is there a phrase, word, or impression that stands out to you? Sit with it for a minute (Refrain from overanalyzing; keep it simple)

R E S P O N D - Allow God’s inspiration to emerge as a brief prayer, even just one word (Again, keeping it simple, remaining centered on Christ rather than on your communication to Him)

R E S T - Simply be with God. Spend a few minutes practicing being as present to God as God is to you. Silently. Humbly. Lovingly.

 

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn-bushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them."

– Matthew 7.15-20

 

H O M I L Y

Inside of us we have an array of versions of ourselves: courageous, fearful, anxious, loving, faithful, doubtful, and so on. If we aren't aware of it, one version of ourselves can come to us as a wolf in sheep's clothing. A thought declaring an action or mindset to be beneficial or satisfactory that will in reality only bring us harm, division, and more want. This is where and when we can learn to lean on the intuition of the Holy Spirit dwelling within. Where are there thorn-bushes and thistles in our hearts or minds? What is it (the fruit) that we really want to see? If we beware of them, we can grow in becoming more aware of Christ's presence, wisdom, and love in our lives, which is the very fruit we will see begin to grow.

 

S I L E N T  P R A Y E R

Make space for your mind to slow and be still. Use a passage, prayer, phrase, or word to bring a focus and allow distractions to pass. It is an act of trust in God that is engaging our whole heart, soul, mind, body, and strength. Simply aim to be as present to God as God is present to you and trust that that is more than enough.

When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. … And when you pray, do not keep on babbling …
– Jesus, Matthew 6:6-8

Pray without ceasing.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:17

 

 

T W E N T Y  M I N U T E S  O F  S I L E N T  P R A Y E R

 

C L O S I N G  P R A Y E R

Oh my God,
I want to love You;
Not that I might gain eternal heaven,
Nor escape eternal hell, but Lord,
To love You just because
You are my God.
Grant me to give to You
And not to count the cost;
To fight for You
And not to mind the wounds;
To labor and expect nothing in return,
Except for the knowledge that I serve my God.
– St Ignatius of Loyola