Giving god more to work with

The Holy Spirit uses our Sunday morning time together to shape us. We want to give God more to work with... 

Starting this fall, this page will have weekly practices and things you can do to stay in step with the Holy Spirit based on Sunday's worship service and sermon. They will be practical, but sometimes challenging. Some will be fun, others will be outside of your comfort zone. 

Each will be designed to put you in a posture to be shaped by God.

Ordinary Time Practices

The season of Ordinary Time is actually half of the year. We spent the first six months focused on the story of Christ, and now we think about how that story shapes our story as God's people. Over the course of this season, we grow in our faithfulness, our trust, and our witness in the ordinary experiences of our life. We will add spiritual exercises to aid your growth over the course of the season.

  • Summer Reading idea: Liturgy of the Ordinary

    "In overlooked moments and routines, we can become aware of God's presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred?"

    In Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, Author and Priest Tish Harrison Warren connects components of Sunday worship, everyday chores and experiences, and spiritual insight on ways that we are being shaped and encountering a God who is near.

    Pastor Chelsey has one copy of the book available for borrowing.

  • Imaginative Reading of Scripture

    Isaiah 6.1-8 (the sermon passage for May 27) is a really great text to read to engage your imagination! Use the following steps for it, and other passages in the Bible:

    Read or listen to the passage. 
    •Read or listen again, and this time picture yourself in the story- as one of the characters, as an onlooker, etc. 
    • Observe, listen and note all the sensory elements of each scene. 
    • Notice your feelings. 
    • Pay close attention to God and God's actions. 
    • What insight do you gain from the text when you are part of it?

  • Friendship

    Jonathan proves to be the best kind of friend imaginable to David. We'll hear more about their relationship throughout 1 Samuel. Begin with 1 Samuel 18.1-5's description of Jonathan's love and commitment for David, and take stock of our own friendship life. 

    • Who do you have this sort of love and allegiance to? 
    • Who has this sort of love and allegiance for you? 
    • Do we even have friendships like this today- or has our culture tempted us away from God's gift of intimacy between two humans? 
    • As you consider your friendships, consider how to grow in  your covenantal love, and spend time giving thanks-- to God and your friends-- for who they are.

  • Reorient your anger

    David's lament over both Jonathan and Saul's life catches us off guard. We'd expect the grief David expresses about losing his friend Jonathan, but his enemy Saul? What we see in 2 Samuel 1.17-27, is a man who has chosen to not just be angry, but also compassionate in his expression of grief.

    Both anger and grief are emotions we feel when we don't like what is.
    Learning from David's example, grief seems a better starting point for expressions of compassion. In our modern world, we'd rather be mad than sad, yet it is almost impossible to be kind when you are purely angry.

    Try this with something you are angry about: once you've worked out why you're angry, exploring being sad.

    • What does your anger give you? (i.e. why might you want to be angry instead of letting yourself feel other emotions?)
    • What is sorrowful (sad) about the situation?
      -Empathize with the other people involved. (Put yourself in someone else's shoes and try to imagine what it's like to be them.)
      -Express your sadness. Be like David and cry about it! Speak it out! Invite someone to speak it with you!
      -Consider and try to empathize with your "enemy"/the antagonist of the thing you are angry about (i.e. the person you think is responsible). How does this change what you want to pray?
    • Check your heart for compassion.
      -In prayer, ask God to become part of the situation. What do you imagine God would say, feel, and do? 
      How might your "enemy" answer this same question?
      -What Scriptures come to mind?
      -Mirror your response to what you think is the godly way forward.
    We can (and perhaps often should) be both angry and sad. It is being able to identify and express both emotions healthfully that allows us to find God's compassion.