Recently, we voted at the Church Council to put the issue of the church physical building aside and focus on building our spiritual lives. Igniting or re-igniting the Fire (Holy Spirit) within us (see last week’s post) is key to having a vital abundant life: individually and as a church. To assist us in flaming the Fire we offer Companions in Christ classes, Walk to Emmaus retreats, men and women retreats followed by regular meetings; we have prayer shawl meetings, lectionary studies, spiritual book studies and more. Worship has been tweaked to change our “Celebrating Joys” to “Sighting:” claiming where we see God at work in our daily lives. The Fire is being fanned and I can feel the hope and movement heating up.
One exercise that has been offered at meetings lately is having members randomly pull an item from a bag and try to relate to it spiritually. We recognize that sometimes it is easier to find and articulate God than at others. Sometimes we have an idea about what another person chooses; only to be surprised and enlightened by how they articulate God in the item. Many times it is not even close to what we would have said. There is no right or wrong answer but an intention and willingness of trying to find God in everything; everywhere. It is a practice to see God in everything. It is developing a habit of relating all things to God; therefore, being ready to articulate our faith to others in the places we travel daily. It is a prayer to God: To see thee more clearly, Love thee more dearly, Follow thee more nearly, Day by Day as sung in Godspell song , “Day by Day,” based on a prayer by Richard of Chichester. (Godspell written by music by Stephen Schwartz, 1971)
May we take the practice upon ourselves in our daily lives.
If you do not have a daily prayer, try Richard of Chichester”s:
Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ
For all the benefits Thou hast given me,
For all the pains and insults Thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,
May I know Thee more clearly,
Love Thee more dearly,
Follow Thee more nearly.
In Christ’s Light and Love,