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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 7, 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.

 

Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech. They came and said to him,
"Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone's opinion. You do not regard a person's status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?” Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius to look at.”
They brought one to him and he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They replied to him, “Caesar’s.” So Jesus said to them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” They were utterly amazed at him.
– Mark 12:13-17

 

H O M I L Y

Whose image and inscription is this?” This response was so amazing to this crowd because they knew whose image and inscription was on the coin and Whose image and inscription is within them, Genesis 1.27, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them,” and Jeremiah 31.33, “Declares the Lord, ‘I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it.’"
When we objectify and over-identify ourselves with “Caesar”, country, status, emotion, or even opinion, thought, or theology, we give ourselves away to something that isn’t fitting of our true identity, made in God’s image with the Word inscribed on our hearts. “Whose image and inscription is this?” That is a question we should be asking of ourselves and our actions every moment of the day. “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

 

S I L E N T  P R A Y E R

Make space for your mind to slow and be still. If thoughts grab for your attention, use a passage, prayer, phrase, or word to bring a focus and allow those distractions to pass without passing judgement on them or yourself. This time of “effortlessness,” which can feel like requires a lot of effort, 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