April 18, 2019
As we continue in the season of Lent, Jason Minnix invites us to reflect on what is bringing us transformation into our lives right now [Luke 19:28-40].
- What is bringing my transformation now?
- How am I being converted into gentleness?
- Godly Play. Where am I at with new meaning today? Opening. Insight. Scanning. Articulation. Will to Closure.
- Create a metaphor for your transformation. What’s my changing journey/ transformation like? Reach for stories that are like what you’re being invited into.
April 10, 2019
As we continue in the season of Lent, Liz Schepel invites us to explore and embrace our needs that we sometimes push aside [Psalm 63].
- What emotion has been dominant in your life? What personal need might be at the root of those feelings?
- What do you tend to put ahead of your own needs?
- In what ways can we respond empathetically to our own needs this week?
- Feelings and Needs. Find ways to slow down and discern your dominant feelings and name the need. See if you can find different ways to meet that need.
- Safe love. What does safe love feel like for you? What is it inviting you to receive? What do you need to receive?
April 3, 2019
As we continue in the season of Lent, Melanie Jones reflects on the relationship between our faith and suffering and how Jesus is in it with us [Mark 10: 28-31].
- How am I being invited to access salvation?
- What does it look like to follow Jesus in a meaningful way now?
March 27, 2019
As we continue in the season of Lent, Gideon Tsang reflects on what maturation looks like for us personally and collectively [Exodus 3:1-15].
- How can you sit with a part of you that might be flaring up, ready to mature?
- What can you do to listen to the parts of you that need healing this week?
- What do you sense flaring up in your life? Sit with it like a campfire without judgement. How might it be a part of you, ready to mature?
March 20, 2019
As we continue in the season of Lent, Jason Minnix explores the role of permission in our journey and reflects on the ways we may have been stuck in our faith [Luke 13:31-35].
- Who have I given permission to love me?
- Where does my trust need healing today?
- How am I being invited in a gathering love?
- Four Responses to our Demons. Acknowledge, Validate, Compassion, Share
- Attending to the Craft of Spiritual Intimacy. What creates movement now towards spiritual intimacy for you? What was once helpful that you’re now finding no longer helpful and need to let go of?
March 14, 2019
As we enter Lent, Matt Inman explores the temptations of Jesus and what that means for how we engage our own temptations and vulnerability this season [Luke 4:1-13].
- What role does shame play in your current temptation?
- Where might your vulnerability in life right now lead you to acts of courage and love?
- Jump into Barton Springs.
- Pick a temptation or fantasy and extend it out from the point it usually ends. What comes of it?
- Journal about a relationship where you get stuck consistently testing the other person. Find solitude and reconnect with the part of you that feels threatened.
March 8, 2019
As we near the beginning of Lent, Gideon Tsang invites us to consider what we hope for in our maturity and transformation [2 Cor 3:12-18].
- What are your hopes for Lent?
- Who allows you to be fully who you are when you are with them and what does that feel like?
- List the characters you’ve played. How did the characters begin? Which characters are you ready to let go of?
- Consider fasting. How does this restriction lead to freedom? How does this reconnect me to myself and God?
March 6, 2019
Dominique DuBois Gilliard explores the history and foundation of mass incarceration. And, reflects on how Christians can pursue justice that restores and reconciles. [Acts 16:16-40]
- What is our relationship to the good news when it comes at a cost to our ability to offer participation?
- How can you take a step in using your privilege to hold systems and structures accountable that dehumanize others?
February 21, 2019
Kelly Cutbirth reflects on how it’s easy to lose heart and our connection with who we really are, and invites us to look at what it means to turn our hearts towards God and reconnect. [Jeremiah 17]
- How are we hiding our hearts from ourselves, God, and each other?
- When was the last time your heart felt nourished by someone?
- How am I hiding my heart from myself, God, and my community?
- When was the last time someone gave you the gift of nourishing? Remember what that felt like. What did they do?
- How might you offer that to someone this week?
February 14, 2019
Chris Morton encourages us to look at the nets we are caught in and to consider the nets we can weave together of love and abundance. [Luke 5]
- What net are you caught in?
- What net do you want to be caught up in?
- How can we weave a net together?
February 6, 2019
Jason Minnix invites us to acknowledge our need for love and how receiving it helps us to see others as they are. [1 Cor 13]
- What am I being invited to receive today?
- What younger places in me need love this week?
- Acknowledge our Need and Receive:
- Name an area where you get stuck in your thought world, an emotionally raw place and/or a bodily addiction.
- Confess your need for God’s help, for grace today.
- Receive acceptance.
- Listen for and receive the words of love you most need today.
January 31, 2019
As we celebrate and give thanks for our new home, Gideon Tsang invites us to consider how we are all an indispensable part of Christ’s body, both in our strengths and weaknesses. [1 Cor 12]
- How can you remind yourself this week that your being is pre-approved?
- What does it look like to embrace your limitations in order to participate in collaboration?
- Pick a body part as a reminder of your pre-approval this week.
- Try entering a conversation from or about weakness.
January 25, 2019
Jason Minnix reflects on the deep and little welcome that creates spaces of belonging and hospitality [John 2:1-11].
- What does receiving welcome look like for me today?
- How am I being invited to engage in small welcomes?
- Welcome someone to Vox in the next couple weeks.
- Host your expectations. a. Consider an area of disappointment right now.
b. Welcome any emotions here (grief, sadness, etc)
c. Am I getting too overwhelmed? Take a 1/2 step back. d4. Have I pulled too far back and need to re-engage a little? Take a 1/2 step in. How can we live in the tension of what we hoped for and what is, together?
January 17, 2019
Virginia Cumberbatch and Gideon Tsang dialogue around what it would be like to see our city of Austin as a beloved community [Luke 3:15-17, 21-22].
- How can we continue to ask questions about our city with intention and humility?
- How can we enter spaces of discomfort to form connection?
January 16, 2019
As we continue the Advent season, we’re invited to explore the Scriptures through the contemplative practice of Lectio Divina [Luke 1:46-55].
- What words or phrases stood out to you from this passage? Why?
- How does this text speak to you in your current situation and environment?
- What is the text calling you to do or become this week? (How do I need to live in light of this scripture?)
January 16, 2019
As we prepare for the new year, Jason Minnix explores what we put on in our lives and how we can be dressed in the essence of God [Colossians 3:12-17].
- What have I received that I need to let go of?
- What small part of God's essence would I like to receive and extend in the year to come?
- Grow quiet and take a couple deep breaths
- Listen for one bit that really resonates with you.
- Take your word and breath it in. Let it fill your whole body as a gift from God.
- Let Go of having to manage any of it on your own.
- Set an intention to receive this once a week in the year ahead.
January 16, 2019
As we start the new year with our first liturgy in our new building, Gideon Tsang invites us to consider how we might need to expand our spiritual vision to see love in ourselves and others [Matthew 2:1-12].
- What if God continued to expand our vision of love for ourselves and others?
- How can I welcome all parts of myself?
- Vesper. Remind ourselves nothing can add to our intrinsic value.
December 27, 2018
As we continue the Advent season, Matt Inman reflects on how the love of God brings us the peace of God [Philippians 4:4-9].
- Who has loved you really well and helped you appreciate your real self?
- Who in your life is out beyond their comfort zone right now and needs gentleness and love?
- When you feel like yourself or a family member is close to their edge, introduce a gentle mercy into the dynamic.
- Take the emotions and thoughts you had during today’s clip and bring that into your prayers this week. Where might the love and acceptance of God bring a greater sense of peace?
- Where do you feel the peace of God in your life? Write out a list of who and what helps you turn your focus back on what is good and true.
December 14, 2018
As we continue the Advent season, Jason Minnix reflects on the invitation to interior preparation to get ready for eventual peace and a return to who we really are [Luke 3:1-6].
- What would it look like to let go of who I think I am (unworthy, selfish, controlling, etc.) and reconnect with my deep self? (loved, compassionate, curious)
- How can I relax into the flow of God loving me today?
- Welcoming Practice.
- Breath deeply
- Notice emotions, thoughts, body sensations & sink in.
- Welcome anything you notice.
- Let Go of having to manage any of it on your own.
- Become aware that everything is being held and accepted.
- Listen within the spaces you feel lost and empty.
- What is my wilderness now? (It may be a change, good or bad, that you haven’t processed yet: someone you miss, or something you miss, maybe your body has changed. Name and acknowledge what’s hollow.)
- Take a minute to feel what’s there.
- And in this space of grief, listen, see what else is there.
- Receive transformation through curiosity and compassion.
- What emotions arise as I consider this season?
- Practice validating and having compassion for the presence of those emotions and thoughts.
December 5, 2018
As we begin the Advent season, Gideon Tsang reflects on what we are paying attention to during this Advent season [Luke 21:29-36].
- What would you like to pay attention to in this advent season?
- How can you slow and quiet down your life to experience God's gentle nearness?
- Reflect on your season of faith. What season of faith are you in? Meditate on the gospel of your current season (Matthew - fall, Mark -winter, John -spring, Luke - summer). Start a seasonal book club.
- Reflect on God’s stillness. Create an advent sound journal. What’s the noisiest part of your life? How can you turn it down or hit pause?