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.

Lent Practices: Learning to Detach

Adele Calhoun rightly claims, "There was nothing Jesus was more attached to than his Father. God came before his mission, his disciples or his family. Because God was the center of Jesus' life, worldly values came second."

How do we get to this same conviction? Over the weeks of Lent, you're encouraged to take stock of your own attachments in life and grow in detaching from all else but Christ. We suggest you start by offering one of these prayers daily. As you pray, pause between each phrase to let it sink in.

We are your people,

      mostly privileged



Your people who make futures for ourselves,

                              seize opportunities,

                              get the job done

                                   and move on.

In our self-confidence, we expect little

                   beyond our productivity;

                   we wait little for

                            that which lies beyond us,

         and then settle with ourselves

                          at the center.

And you, you in the midst of our privilege,

                                                 our competence

                                                 our entitlement.

You utter large, deep oaths

                    beyond our imagined futures.

        You say-- fear not, I am with you.

        You say-- nothing shall separate us.

        You say-- something of new heaven and new earth.

        You say-- you are mine; I have called you by name.

        You say-- my faithfulness will show concretely

                        and will abide.

And we find our privilege eroded by your purpose,

                     our competence shaken by your future,

                     our entitlement unsettled by your other children.

Give us grace to hear your promises.

Give us freedom to trust your promises.

Give us patience to wait and

         humility to yield our dreamed future

                 to your large purpose.


                                We pray in the name of Jesus who

                                       is your deep yes over our lives.

-Walter Brueggemann, "Ourselves at the Center" in Prayers for a Privileged People

I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you,
exalted for you, or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
(Modern version of the Wesley Covenant Prayer, original in the Book of Offices of the British Methodist Church, 1936)

  • The wilderness experience

    Belden Lane says that "the wilderness doesn't care one bit who you are" and that partially why it is such a powerful place to connect with God.

    Use the following prayer/scripture engagement exercise to help you identify the things that distract you and that you are attached to in this world. (This practice is from Faithwalking 201 and is adapted from David Benner's Surrender to Love.)

    Matthew 19.13-15: Join Jesus as people bring little children to him to be blessed. Picture yourself coming to Jesus as one of those little children. Crawl up on his knee and stay there. Hear his words of blessing and love for you. Note the thoughts that keep you from receiving it.