We’re taking time this fall to root and re-orient ourselves in the way of our Rabbi, Jesus. We’ll reflect on the way and work of this people at The Parish, and how we might respond to Jesus’ invitations from Matthew 11: Come to Me, Walk with Me, Work with Me, Watch How I Do It.
This week, we explore Jesus’ call to cultivate a prayer-filled life, and how the contemplative traditions in Church history show us how we might learn to practice the presence of God. After a short talk to orient ourselves, Jennie Wheaton guides us in an extended prayer practice to Be with Jesus.
“In Christ we have bold and confident access to God through faith in him… This is why I kneel before the Father. I ask that he will strengthen you in your inner selves from the riches of his glory through the Spirit. I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God.
Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us; glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus for all generations, forever and always. Amen.”
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Practice the Way
Consider the guiding image we’re using throughout this series. Is there a specific “table leg” you tend to prioritize/emphasize? What can you celebrate about why that tradition is meaningful for you? And is there another tradition God is calling you to lean into in order to balance and expand your experience of the great Feast?
Our primer of the Contemplative Tradition is here:
For those with children, here’s a version that can be used as an activity or for family discussion.