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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pastor's Wednesday Messages

from Pastor Brian

Prayer: it's a good idea.  How to pray? That's often not clear.  Many of us are familiar with petitionary prayer.  That's a way of asking for help or giving thanks simply by addressing statements to God.  Another approach to prayer may not be so familiar.  It's called "Lectio Divina" – Latin for "Divine Reading."  There are four movements to Lectio Divina: Read, Meditate, Pray, Contemplate.

Read: pick a passage from scripture and read it several times.  Read it and then read it again more slowly.  Linger and savor.  Now you're ready for the next step.

Meditate: reflect on how God is speaking to you through this passage.  Don't mind the historical and literary-critical lenses a pastor or scholar might bring to the passage.  What is God saying to you today through this passage?  Dwell in the Word; and let it dwell in you.

Pray: when the spirit moves you, enter prayer.  Let this prayer be conversation.  Speak and listen; offer the thoughts of your heart to God and hold yourself open to receive in return.  Use words, images, feelings as the Spirit moves you.  It's all in the conversation.

Contemplate: as Scripture says, "Be still and know that I am God" (Ps. 46:10).  Let go and let God.  Let the noise in your mind go quiet .  Listen and be present to what God sends.  Here, no effort, no doing.  As if waiting for sunrise in the still, early morning, watch God's light dawn in your darkness.

You'll know when Lectio Divina is done for the day.  Trust that feeling and move on.  If you try it and like it, you can find lots of articles on the internet and plenty of books to help you go deep into Lectio Divina.  Most important is practice.  If you make prayer a regular practice, you'll enjoy the fruits.  God knows what joy it will bring.

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From Pastor Randy

"May God give you of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine." Genesis 27:28

It was one of the many lovely nights we have had this summer. Dinner was done and as I have a penchant for, I took a nap. When I woke up I knew immediately that it had rained a bit. The house was filled with the fragrance of outside, the smell of a freshly rained on earth, maybe not the dew of heaven, but the perfume in the air was heavenly to me, a reminder of blessing. That is exactly what those words from Genesis are, words of blessing, there in particular Isaac blessing that trickster Jacob.

In the Power of the Creator,

Pastor Randy


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