When we are able to perceive and live out our callings from God, God’s glory is revealed as we offer ourselves to be channels of God’s grace. Read or listen to week 4 of God Claims Us All, and listen to an interview with Cheryl Jones as she talks about her own delight when she experiences joy in others. Find it here.
The prophets of old often heard God speaking to them audibly, but that is not always the case with us. God calls us in many ways; sometimes from within. This week, God Claims Us All explores how we listen for God’s call in our lives. And Diane Thrush talks about how she has heard God and how she continues to use the gifts God has given her. It starts here.
Welcome, come in and browse our pages. Here you will find studies suited for congregations, small groups, and individuals. All of our studies are thoughtfully prepared and carefully written, with emphasis on individual and group reflection leading to personal spiritual growth.
These in-depth studies bring new insights that will allow readers to study and learn from the biblical writers in ways that are applicable to our everyday lives. Each study begins with an introduction on the book being explored and sets the context and background. The studies are generally done in several-week sessions and so are rich in content and meaning.
- Seek First the Kingdom – The Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew
One of the main purposes of the Gospel of Matthew is to serve as a guide for Christians in living fearlessly into the ways of Jesus Christ. The Kingdom of Heaven is the vision that anchors this teaching.
- Parables in the Gospel of Luke – Proclaiming the Kingdom
Stories from ordinary life that reveal the nature of God’s Kingdom. In these stories we find there is no length to which God will not go to redeem his people.
- The Gospel of Mark – The Beginning of the Good News
Mark conveys a dramatic sense of urgency, challenging Christians to remain resolutely steadfast in their radical commitment as disciples of Christ.
- Colossians – Clothed with Christ’s Love: the Epistle to the Colossians
Paul expressly interprets the death and resurrection of Christ as already accomplishing God’s redemption of the entire cosmos.
- Philippians – Love Overflowing: Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians
One of Paul’s most beautiful and certainly one of his most powerful , yet practical, letters for Christians then and now.
- 1 and 2 Corinthians – “Christ in Me, Christ in You”: An Introduction to Paul and His Letters
Paul’s letter makes powerful connections between his teaching and our daily lives as individuals, as members of a Christian community, and in the role of church leader.
- Ephesians – Rooted and Grounded in Love
This letter offers us an opportunity to read, study, and reflect on insights into what God has accomplished for the entire world in the person of Christ.
- Galatians and Thessalonians – “Gospeling” the Faithfulness of Christ Among the Gentiles
Helpful insights into the way Paul nurtured the growth and health of congregations he knew well, and how he taught them, over time, about the daily life of faithfulness and discipleship.
- Romans – Welcome One Another Just as Christ Has Welcomed You
In the early decades following the death and resurrection of Jesus, local churches struggled painfully with how to live together peacefully.
These studies are geared for specific seasons of the Church year, but the content is applicable any time. The writers include the Rev. Drs. John Lewis and Jane Patterson and others. Studies frequently include audio recordings and reflections – in text and audio format – from clergy and lay persons from around the diocese.
- Their Eyes Were Opened – Easter Season 2016
The season of Easter – or the Great Fifty Days of Easter, as the season is sometimes called – begins on Easter Sunday and lasts until the day of Pentecost.
- God Claims Us All – Epiphany 2016
Epiphany marks the revelation, to the Magi and to us, that God is a God of all people and that God calls us to Himself, endows us with certain vocations, and asks us to use them for the good of all mankind.
- Mary, the Mother of God – Advent 2015
Presented by Brother James Dennis, the study covers Mary in Scripture and history. It is in audio and PowerPoint (in Adobe Acrobat) format.
- Practicing Lent 2015
The study focuses on five spiritual practices: prayer, repentance, love of neighbor, fasting and simplicity, and connecting to the saints.
- Following Jesus: An Invitation to Discipleship – Lent 2014
Explores a different aspect of Christian discipleship each week. The topics are modeled upon Christ and his teachings and include: follower, worshiper, witness, neighbor, forgiver/healer, prophet, and steward.
- Watch and Pray – Advent 2014
Looks in-depth at the lectionary readings for the four Sundays in Advent – the Old Testament, New Testament and Gospel readings – in 2014 (year B in the lectionary cycle).
Published twice a year in print and online, this spiritual formation magazine explores in-depth topics that affect today’s Christians. Most articles include questions for personal or group reflection.
- Music as Spiritual Formation
Music is the “quickening art” said Kant, and it forms us spiritually without our even knowing it. Music recalls us to ourselves even in our old age when all else is forgotten.
- The Way of Reconciliation
There is a difference between giving up and surrendering. Giving up says, “I quit.” Surrender says, “I accept.” I accept the circumstances of my life as it is today. I accept that I do not have the control over it that I thought I had. I accept that God is aware and walks with me.
- Grace: How Shall We Respond?
In this issue of Reflections our writers reflect on their own experiences of recognizing God’s grace. Sometimes that’s in suffering, sometimes in the visit of a determined dog, sometimes when Easter eggs produce more than chocolate candy. We invite your own reflection of God’s grace in your life and your consideration of how to respond to it in gratefulness.
- The Practice of Everyday Contemplation
The contemplative life is one of awareness. It is focusing on the thing that is in front of us right now. It is listening to the sounds we hear, seeing what our eyes reveal, feeling what our bodies are feeling. It is being where we are right now, not where we were yesterday or might be tomorrow.
- Abundant Life
Some say that God gives us trials and tribulations to make us stronger. I think that God takes the stories that life gives us and shows us how to use them to become stronger.
- A Serious Call to Christian Vocation
Such is the nature of vocation; we are called, we are given gifts, we are set in a particular place at a particular time, to serve God’s people (that would be all people).
- Breaking Away
How often in life do we limp along, recognizing that we are running out of energy and subsisting on daily jump-starts?
- Communion of Saints
The notion that all who are in Christ – living or dead – are alive in Christ is a mark of Anglican theology.
- Sacred Spaces
Once my experience of holy had been confined to a particular place and particular people – but in fact it had really been the launching pad for a spiritual journey that has taken turns I could never have seen.
- Teach us to Pray
As the sun moves across the earth, someone is always approaching his prayer bench and someone is always ending his prayers. Like a river that circles the world, we dip into this stream as we open our prayer books and as we close them. The voice of God’s people is ever before him, ever imploring his mercy, ever praising him.
- The Holy Spirit
Then the priest lifted Casey from the chair, set him on the floor, and off Casey ran, barefoot, toward his parents. “Mommy,” he shouted, “I got my feet washed. Just like Jesus.”
- The Kingdom of God
If Christ had been there – and I, personally, think he was – he would have said something like, “The Kingdom of God is in your midst.”
- What we can still learn from the saints
As St. Paul looks at it, the saints are everyone who’s been baptized, the entire membership of the Christian community.
- Spiritual Practices – Living the Gift
Spiritual practices are ways we become awake and stay awake to God.
The Epiphany light, the light that guided the Magi, announced not only that God had come to dwell among us, but that he was calling all people to Himself. Simeon was perhaps the first to recognize it when, taking the child Jesus in the arms, he announced him as “a light of revelation to the Gentiles” (Luke 2:32)..
Beginning January 6, our four-week Epiphany study will lead each of us to examine how God intends for His light to shine in us and through us to the waiting world.
The study includes daily reflections Monday through Friday each week. Themes are
• The Will of God
• Listening for God’s Call
• Grace Experienced
• The Role of Others
In addition, we will explore with some ordinary people how they experience the fullness of life in answer to God’s call.
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