Knowing

January 14, 2018

Jason Minnix talks about the invitation to knowing and being known by God [Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17].

Reflection
Where do I sense meaning and connection this morning?
What gift am I being invited to receive today?

Resources
Film: Lucky
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Growing Into Love

January 7, 2018

As we start a new year, Gideon Tsang reflects on how God invites us to continue to grow in love [Acts 10].

Reflection
What does our irritation of certain people tell us about ourselves and our love?
How might we grow the no-matter-whatness and no-matter-whoness of our love?

Resources
Video: Brigsby Bear
Video: Accidental Courtesy
Book: The Way to Love (Anthony de Mello)

 

 

 

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Receiving Gifts

December 31, 2017

As we wrap up this year, Jason Minnix leads a time of reflection and meditation through the practice of Lectio Divina [Isaiah 61:10-62:3].

Reflection
Where do I sense meaning and connection this morning?
What gift am I being invited to receive today?

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Advent: Happy Gifts

December 17, 2017

As we continue in the season of Advent, Gena Minnix explores how the Christmas story might be a surprising and happy gift for us [Isaiah 61:1-3].

Reflection
What practices help me feel God’s spirit?
How does it feel to say, “Your will be done?”

Resources
Video – Puppy Surprise [Clip 1 | Clip 2]
Audio – The Little Apocalypse (Nadia Bolz-Weber)
Video – Undoing of Wrath (James Alison)
MWG – Discussion Guide

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Advent: Fading Flowers

December 10, 2017

As we continue in the season of Advent, Jason Minnix talks about preparing for the way that God can access us in the dry seasons of our lives [Isaiah 40:3-8].

Reflection
What are some of the dry spaces in my journey that I can acknowledge and name today?
What are the fading flowers for me today?

Resources
Video – Ellen and Chris Hemsworth’s Office Surprise
MWG – Discussion Guide

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Advent: Keep Awake

December 3, 2017

As we start the season of Advent, Weylin Lee talks about what Jesus is inviting us to wake up to and wake up from [Mark 13:30-37].

Reflection
How can we slow down in order to catch up to God?
What areas of our interior life need to be awakened?

Resources
Video – Godspeed Documentary
Book – Acedia & Me
MWG – Discussion Guide

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Practice Gratitude

November 29, 2017

Gideon Tsang reflects on how we would be changed people if we practiced gratitude collectively as a community [Psalm 100].

Reflection
What would it look like to create out of gratitude?
How can you be present with gratitude entering into this week?

Resources
Video – How to Practice Effectively
Video – TED Talk (Megan Phelps-Roper)
MWG – Discussion Guide

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Thoughts on Prayer

November 12, 2017

Kelly Cutbirth reflects on what our prayers about others have to teach us about ourselves and God [Psalm 70].

Reflection
What emotions or needs in my life might be trying to surface from my prayers about the other?
How can I have empathy for myself in my raw, angry moments?

Resources
Video – The All-American Rejects – Gives You Hell
Book – Wonder
Book – A Wonder Story – The Julian Chapter

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Release

November 5, 2017

Jason Minnix talks about the ways we and others have placed spiritual burdens on people that constrict our natural movement to seek healing and growth in Christ [Matthew 23:1-12].

Reflection:
What burdens am I being invited to release today?
What forgiveness do I need to extend or receive today?

Resources:
Video: SNL – Church Lady
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Presence

October 22, 2017

Jason Minnix reflects on some of the ways God is present with us in this journey we are on [Exodus 33:12-23].

Reflection:
How can I open myself to participate in God’s presence now?
Where am I being invited to play?

Resources:
Video: Three Year Old Arguing
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Great Questions

October 15, 2017

Gideon Tsang explores how Jesus seems to value questions more than he does answers and why questions are essential to a healthy faith [Matthew 21:23-32].

Reflection:
How can you embrace your questions of Scripture and faith?
How can you celebrate a mistake, wrong answer, or failure as part of your spiritual practice?

Resources:
Podcast: Freakonomics: That’s a Great Question
Book: The Sin of Certainty
Article: Could Private University Have Made a Difference in Detroit?
Article: The Ages You Peak at Everything Throughout Life
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Keeping the Wound Clean

October 8, 2017

Gena Minnix talks about what a meaningful response to violence might look like and the invitation Jesus gives us through one of his stories [Matthew 21:33-46].

Reflection:
What are some helpful responses to human violence?
What violence needs to die inside me so something else can be reborn?

Resources:
Model: Drama Triangle
Podcast: Why Should we Treat Violence Like a Contagious Disease?
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Liturgy: Benediction

October 1, 2017

As we finish our fall vision series on our rhythms of liturgy, Weylin Lee reflects on the Benediction and the blessings that we’re still experiencing and being sent out with [Hebrews 13:20-21].

Reflection:
How can we create peace one person at a time?
How do we respond to the fact that who we are pleases God and that he
loves and likes us?

Resources:
Video: Michelle Obama Surprises Visitors
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Liturgy: Eucharist

September 24, 2017

As we continue our fall vision series on our rhythms of liturgy, Gideon Tsang reflects on the Eucharist and how God is reconciling us to love [2 Corinthians 5:18-21].

Reflection
What do we do in exchange for our worthiness?
How can we be ambassadors of a God who doesn’t count sins?

Resources
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Liturgy: Scripture

September 17, 2017

As we continue our fall vision series on our rhythms of liturgy, theologian James Alison considers the historical and cultural context of how we read and interpret Scripture [Mark 3:1-6].

Reflection:
How can we read the Scriptures through Jesus our Rabbi?
What ways can we be invited into the story of redemption this week?

Resources:
Website: James Alison
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Liturgy: Confession

September 10, 2017

As we continue our fall vision series on our rhythms of liturgy, Jason Minnix explores how true confession is related to our need for healing and reconnects us with who we really are [Luke 18:9-14].

Reflection:
What would it look like to confess my need for healing today?
Where do I need mercy to help me reconnect with who I really am?

Resources:
Jesus Prayer: “Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”
Video: James Alison on Forgiveness
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Liturgy: Doxology

September 3, 2017

As we begin our fall vision series on our rhythms of liturgy, Gideon Tsang reflects on how we know God and why love is the deepest form of knowing [1 John 4:7-12].

Reflection:
What images come to mind when you think of God?
How does the act of loving help you understand God?

Resources:
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Practicing Mercy

August 20, 2017

Weylin Lee reflects on an encounter that Jesus has with a foreign woman and how that brings awareness to what limits and facilitates mercy [Matthew 15:10-28].

Reflection:
In what ways can we withhold evaluation and judgment in order to practice mercy more freely?
What might be some of our cultural blindspots that hinder our ability to practice mercy?

Resources:
Book: Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
Podcast:
Oh No Ross & Carrie
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Mirrored Healing

August 13, 2017

Gideon Tsang speaks about how we see ourselves, God, and our healing [Matthew 18:15-35].

Reflection:
Who has permission in our lives to help us see what we can’t see?
How does that feel to know that God’s love and forgiveness is limitless?

Resources:
Podcast: This American Life -Fear and Loathing in Homer and Rockville
Book: Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
Book: The Way to Love by Anthony De Mello
MWG: Discussion Guide

Poem: “For Love in a Time of Conflict” by John O’Donohue
When the gentleness between us hardens
And we fall out of our belonging with each other,
May the depths we have reached hold us still.

When no true word can be said, or heard,
And we mirror each other in the script of hurt,
When even the silence has become raw and torn,
May we hear again an echo of our first music.

When the weave of affection starts to unravel
And anger begins to sear the ground between us,
Before this weather of grief invites
The black seed of bitterness to find root,
May our souls come to kiss.

Now is the time for one of us to be gracious,
To allow a kindness beyond thought and hurt,
Reach out with sure hands
To take the chalice of our love,
And carry it carefully through this echoless waste
Until this winter pilgrimage leads us
Towards the gateway to spring.

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Fulfillment

August 7, 2017

Gena Minnix speaks about fulfillment and how Jesus invites us to meet our needs creatively [Matthew 14:13-21].

Reflection:
What “self-talk” messages do I tell myself about my needs?
Do I have a need that never seems fulfilled? How might I name that need to God and my community?

Resources:
Video: The Prestige
Book: Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg
Video: Sharing Food
MWG: Homily Discussion Guide

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