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These are the weekend teachings from Timberline Old Town Church in Ft. Collins, CO. Darren Fred is the primary communicator, though there are a smattering of guests spread here and there. Also, check out the Speaking of Art segments. We love art, we love what artists have to say about art. For more info about who we are, visit timberlineoldtown.org.

Apr 14, 2019

Lent is a period of 40-days leading to Easter when we practice letting go in order to receive from God. Sometimes this letting go looks like giving up something very specific - sweets, coffee, etc - and our cravings for those things might draw us to God. Sometimes the letting go is a more internal, daily practice as we listen to the Holy Spirit. Regardless,  Lent is both a time of more intense spiritual practice and a season of open-handed surrender rather than tight-fisted discipline.

During Lent, Sundays are feast days. Days when we celebrate mini-resurrections on the way to the resurrection of Christ. For Lent this year at Timberline Old Town & Everyday Joe’s, we will enter into these mini-resurrections through the five senses in a series called Awakenings. The senses are signs of life, and we wonder what would happen if we were to be intentionally awake to them. This week, we enter into the sense of sight.

This particular Sunday as also a Movement Sunday. When a month has a fifth Sunday, we take it as an opportunity to break our normal pattern of worship, with the hopeful fruit being a breaking of tired patterns in our lives.

  

INVOCATION

The following poem by Malcolm Guite was inspired by the account in Mark of Jesus healing the deaf & mute man. Please receive it as our Lenten invitation to practice resurrection:

"Be Opened" by Malcolm Guite

Be opened. Oh if only we might be!
Speak to a heart that’s closed in on itself:
‘Be opened and the truth will set you free’,
Speak to a world imprisoned in its wealth:
‘Be opened! Learn to learn from poverty’,
Speak to a church that closes and excludes,
And makes rejection its own litany:
‘Be opened, opened to the multitudes
For whom I died but whom you have dismissed
Be opened, opened, opened,’ how you sigh
And still we do not hear you. We have missed
Both cry and crisis, we make no reply.
Take us aside, for we are deaf and dumb
Spit on us Lord and touch each tongue-tied tongue.

SONGS WE SANG

Deliverance by Strahan

Skeleton Bones by John Mark McMillan

Who You Say I Am by Hillsong

Oh How We Love You by United Pursuit

TEXT

Matthew 21:6-11

TAKEAWAYS

Reflect on a time you felt especially connected with the people around you.

Be curious.

Reflect on a time when you said "wow" to the mystery of Christ.

PRACTICE

This week, practice The Daily Examen. Ask the Holy Spirit moments in your day of connection and moments of "wow" to the mystery, whether you missed them or not.

RESOURCE

Watch this performance of "Wake Up" by The Arcade Fire

BENEDICTION

Hosanna to the Son of David!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hosanna in the highest heaven!

Amen.

 

Apr 7, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Give Me Your Hand by Aaron Strumpel

May You Find A Light by The Brilliance

I Lift My Eyes by Loud Harp

Relentless by Hillsong United

TEXTS

2 Corinthians 2:14 (MSG)

Psalm 23:1-3

READINGS

"The main thing about Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the atmosphere produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to look after, and it is the one thing that is being continually assailed."

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

“Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup … If only I had known you better, I’d have come running with a bucket.”

Nancy Spiegelberg

TAKEAWAYS

How could beyond me hospitality make a difference in the life of someone you know today?

What do you need to exhale today? What can you inhale to take its place?

 
PRACTICE

This week, consider making Breath Prayer a daily practice.

RESOURCES

Smell by Frederick Buechner 

Mar 31, 2019

Lent is a period of 40-days leading to Easter when we practice letting go in order to receive from God. Sometimes this letting go looks like giving up something very specific - sweets, coffee, etc - and our cravings for those things might draw us to God. Sometimes the letting go is a more internal, daily practice as we listen to the Holy Spirit. Regardless,  Lent is both a time of more intense spiritual practice and a season of open-handed surrender rather than tight-fisted discipline.

During Lent, Sundays are feast days. Days when we celebrate mini-resurrections on the way to the resurrection of Christ. For Lent this year at Timberline Old Town & Everyday Joe’s, we will enter into these mini-resurrections through the five senses in a series called Awakenings. The senses are signs of life, and we wonder what would happen if we were to be intentionally awake to them. This week, we enter into the sense of sight.

This particular Sunday as also a Movement Sunday. When a month has a fifth Sunday, we take it as an opportunity to break our normal pattern of worship, with the hopeful fruit being a breaking of tired patterns in our lives.

  

INVOCATION

The following poem by Malcolm Guite was inspired by the account in Mark of Jesus healing the deaf & mute man. Please receive it as our Lenten invitation to practice resurrection:

"Be Opened" by Malcolm Guite

Be opened. Oh if only we might be!
Speak to a heart that’s closed in on itself:
‘Be opened and the truth will set you free’,
Speak to a world imprisoned in its wealth:
‘Be opened! Learn to learn from poverty’,
Speak to a church that closes and excludes,
And makes rejection its own litany:
‘Be opened, opened to the multitudes
For whom I died but whom you have dismissed
Be opened, opened, opened,’ how you sigh
And still we do not hear you. We have missed
Both cry and crisis, we make no reply.
Take us aside, for we are deaf and dumb
Spit on us Lord and touch each tongue-tied tongue.

 

ORDER OF SERVICE

HOPES FOR THE DAY:

  • Beautiful Trinity, may this day be retreat and rest for each of us.
  • Beautiful Trinity, may  this day be a pattern interrupt - may something might catch our eyes, pass through our line of sight - and cause us to pause and notice and wonder.
  • Beautiful trinity, may this morning be a moment of pause - may this feast day, this mini-celebration of aliveness through sight - that would cause a movement of newly alive, newly refreshed sight during the week.

SONG: Beautiful by Phil Wickham

MOVEMENT 1: What Do You Want Me To Do For You?

Text: Luke 18:35-43

Quote: "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." - Helen Keller

Prayer: 

Close both eyes see with the other one.

Then we are no longer saddled by the burden of our persistent judgments

our ceaseless withholding

our constant exclusion.

Our sphere has widened and we find ourselves quite unexpectedly in a new, expansive location

in a place of endless acceptance

and infinite love.

Amen.

(Father Gregory Boyle)

SONG: Be Thou My Vision

MOVEMENT 2: How Do You See?

Text: Matthew 5:3-8

Prayer: 

Close both eyes see with the other one.

Then we are no longer saddled by the burden of our persistent judgments

our ceaseless withholding

our constant exclusion.

Our sphere has widened and we find ourselves quite unexpectedly in a new, expansive location

in a place of endless acceptance

and infinite love.

Amen.

(Father Gregory Boyle)

SONG:  I Lift My Eyes by Loud Harp

MOVEMENT 3: Who Do You See?

Reading:

"What this means is that even if you are socially shy and generally inarticulate about spiritual matters -- and I say this as someone who finds casual social interactions often quite difficult and my own feelings about faith intractably mute -- you must not swerve from the engagements God offers you. These will occur in the most unlikely places, and with people for whom your first instinct may be aversion. Dietrich Bonhoeffer says that Christ is always stronger in our brother's heart than in our own, which is to say, first, that we depend on others for our faith, and second, that the love of Christ is not something you can ever hoard. Human love catalyzes the love of Christ. And this explains why that love seems at once so forceful and so fugitive, and why, "while we speak of this, and yearn toward it," as Augustine says, "we barely touch it in a quick shudder of the heart."

Prayer: 

Close both eyes see with the other one.

Then we are no longer saddled by the burden of our persistent judgments

our ceaseless withholding

our constant exclusion.

Our sphere has widened and we find ourselves quite unexpectedly in a new, expansive location

in a place of endless acceptance

and infinite love.

Amen.

(Father Gregory Boyle)

SONG:  Brother by The Brilliance

 

RESOURCE

This TED talk about how we learn to see

and this TED interview about how going blind gives you vision

BENEDICTION

May your soul beautify

The desire of your eyes

That you might glimpse

The infinity that hides

In the simple sights

That seem worn

To your usual eyes

Amen

John O’Donohue

Mar 24, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Deliverance by Strahan

Skeleton Bones by John Mark McMillan

Who You Say I Am by Hillsong

Oh How We Love You by United Pursuit

INVOCATION

"Be Opened" by Malcolm Guite

Be opened. Oh if only we might be!
Speak to a heart that’s closed in on itself:
‘Be opened and the truth will set you free’,
Speak to a world imprisoned in its wealth:
‘Be opened! Learn to learn from poverty’,
Speak to a church that closes and excludes,
And makes rejection its own litany:
‘Be opened, opened to the multitudes
For whom I died but whom you have dismissed
Be opened, opened, opened,’ how you sigh
And still we do not hear you. We have missed
Both cry and crisis, we make no reply.
Take us aside, for we are deaf and dumb
Spit on us Lord and touch each tongue-tied tongue.

TEXT

John 1:35-39

TAKEAWAYS

1 What is a food I used to hate and now I’m crazy about it?

2 What is a change I made in my life that surprised me?

3 What is a change I’ve wanted to make for a long time? What is a move I’ve been putting off and it’s time to take the first step?

PRACTICE

Try one new taste per day. Give an old taste another chance. Keep a taste journal for the week.

RESOURCE

Watch Babette's Feast! You can watch the trailer here.

BENEDICTION

And when you partake

Of food and drink,

May your taste quicken

To the gift and sweetness

That flows from the earth.

Amen

John O’Donohue

Mar 17, 2019

ISONGS WE SANG

Centuries by Aaron Strumpel

Great Are You Lord by All Sons and Daughters

Broken Vessels/Amazing Grace by Hillsong

King Of My Heart by John Mark McMillan

INVOCATION

"Be Opened" by Malcolm Guite

Be opened. Oh if only we might be!
Speak to a heart that’s closed in on itself:
‘Be opened and the truth will set you free’,
Speak to a world imprisoned in its wealth:
‘Be opened! Learn to learn from poverty’,
Speak to a church that closes and excludes,
And makes rejection its own litany:
‘Be opened, opened to the multitudes
For whom I died but whom you have dismissed
Be opened, opened, opened,’ how you sigh
And still we do not hear you. We have missed
Both cry and crisis, we make no reply.
Take us aside, for we are deaf and dumb
Spit on us Lord and touch each tongue-tied tongue.

TEXT

Matthew 9:18-26

Mark 10:13-16

Matthew 8:1-4

TAKEAWAYS

1 If applicable, hold you’re partners hand more.

2 If you don’t have a partner, hold a friend’s hand occasionally.

3 Pay attention to those who are alone.

PRACTICE

Keep a touch journal this week. What did I feel? How did I feel? What did I learn about creation, about me, about the creator?

RESOURCE

TED Talk: Why We Hold Hands by Dr. James Coan: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1UMHUPPQ96c

BENEDICTION

May the touch of your skin

Register the beauty

Of the otherness 

That surrounds you.

Amen

Mar 10, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Great Are You Lord by All Sons & Daughters

How Beautiful by Mosaic

Dirt by The Collection

How He Loves Us by John Mark McMillan

INVOCATION

"Be Opened" by Malcolm Guite

Be opened. Oh if only we might be!
Speak to a heart that’s closed in on itself:
‘Be opened and the truth will set you free’,
Speak to a world imprisoned in its wealth:
‘Be opened! Learn to learn from poverty’,
Speak to a church that closes and excludes,
And makes rejection its own litany:
‘Be opened, opened to the multitudes
For whom I died but whom you have dismissed
Be opened, opened, opened,’ how you sigh
And still we do not hear you. We have missed
Both cry and crisis, we make no reply.
Take us aside, for we are deaf and dumb
Spit on us Lord and touch each tongue-tied tongue.

TEXT

Luke 1:39-45

1 Samuel 16:14-18, 23

TAKEAWAYS

1 What am I hearing that I need to stop hearing?

2 What am I not hearing that I need to start hearing?

3 Listen to the birds of the air

4 Listen to music without words

5 Listen to a voice that you wouldn't ordinarily

BENEDICTION

May your listening be attuned

To the deeper silence

Where sound is honed

To bring distance home

Amen.

(John O'Donohue)

Mar 3, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

All Creatures Of Our God And King by St. Francis of Assissi

Satisfied In You by Sing Team

(27) Take Heart by Loud Harp

Build My Life by Housefires

TEXT

Mark 4:1-20

TAKEAWAYS

The seed is good

We feel like fools

It’s not a secret to be de-coded. It’s a mystery to be experienced

Hold space (Our soil)
- confess weakness and sin
- Receive love and grace
- Cultivate gifts
- Pay attention

BENEDICTION

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.

Amen.

(Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

Feb 24, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Who You Say I Am by Hillsong

God Is So Good by Pat Barrett

Almighty God by Sandra McCracken

Immanuel by Loud Harp 

TEXT

Mark 2:15-16

TAKEAWAYS

Go where you go, but go differently.

2 Questions To Consider:

Who am I avoiding?

Who am I keeping separated?

With whom do I need to have a 21 minute conversation?

3 Have coffee with two of your friends who've never met each other

4 Throw a party and invite people you're not sure will like each other

BENEDICTION

A Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

Feb 17, 2019

Melissa Carmon is the Bolt Gallery featured artist for February and March 2019. She joined us on Sunday to talk about her series of portraits titled Eternal Color, what eternal echoes reach from their lives to ours, and how we might go with all of it.

 

SONGS WE SANG

Brother by The Brilliance

Too Proud by Enter The Worship Circle

How Beautiful by Mosaic

Build My Life by Housefires

 

TAKEAWAYS

Go where you go, but go differently.

 

BENEDICTION

A Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

Feb 10, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Divine Romance by Phil Wickham

How Beautiful by Mosaic

Reckless Love by Cory Asbury

From The Inside Out by Hillsong

TEXT

Matthew 18:21-35

TAKEAWAYS

1 Practice generous thinking

2 Where might I have a scarcity mentality?

3 Practice paying attention to the gifts we receive, great and small.

What do I need to pass on?

5 Truly generous people know who they are and embody mercy

BENEDICTION

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
 
Amen.

Read more at http://timberlineoldtown.libsyn.com/darren-fred-words-for-the-year-pray#Ud7TrDKXJxem02Hy.99

Feb 3, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Mightier by Aaron Strumpel

Too Proud by Enter The Worship Circle

Fire And The Flood by Loud Harp

Relentless by Hillsong United

TEXT

Luke‬ ‭18:9-14‬ ‭

TAKEAWAYS

1 Prayer is an antidote (a medicine taken or given to counteract a particular poison) for my brain’s chaos and despair including but not limited to anxiety, fear, jealousy, hate, disorientation, insecurity, and saying or doing stupid stuff.

2 Find your prayer(s)

3 Join us Wednesday at noon for midweek prayer at the shop, or join online here.

RESOURCES

Podcast: Jill Bolte Taylor "My Stroke Of Insight"

BENEDICTION

Lord Jesus Christ
Son Of God
Have mercy on me, a sinner.
Amen.
 
PRACTICE
This week, set aside 90 seconds each day to recite the Jesus Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ
Son Of God
Have mercy on me, a sinner.
Amen.
Jan 27, 2019
We set aside this particular Sunday to spotlight U COUNT, an organization that works to increase awareness of the crime of global sex trafficking and support at risk women, children, and survivors of sex slavery through three fronts: global projects, domestic efforts, and the marketplace.
 
The theme for the morning was "Change Their Story"
 

SONGS WE SANG
Free by Gungor

Beautiful Things by Gungor

White As Snow by Jon Foreman
 
Love Song by Jason Morant


RESOURCE
Video: U COUNT Campaign Info Graphic
Information: U Count Campaign
 

BENEDICTION
Father, 
We pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, who showed loving kindness to the powerless, that You will grant to the people of this nation the will to do good, to flee from evil, and to practice all righteousness, making us respectful of life and sharers of Your blessings, caring for one another in mercy and truth.
 
Amen
 

PRACTICE
Think of someone who you know very well, whose story you know very well. Holding their face in your mind, say this prayer:
Remember to be kind 
Endeavor to be aware 
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.*
 
Think of someone whose story you've decided you know. Someone who you've written a narrative about, that you might need to let go of. Holding their face in your mind, say this prayer:
Remember to be kind 
Endeavor to be aware 
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.*
 
Now, see your own face. Knowing your own story, say this prayer:
Remember to be kind 
Endeavor to be aware 
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.*
 
*from To Bless The Space Between Us by John O'Donohue
Jan 20, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Spirit Move by Bethel Music

Nothing I Hold Onto by United Pursuit

Psalm 29 by Shawn Keefer

King Of My Heart by John Mark McMillan

 

TEXT

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

 

TAKEAWAYS

1

The worst suffering is suffering alone.

2

The curse of rugged individualism is isolation.

3

What needs to be re-integrated?

4

What needs to be unwrapped?

 

RESOURCES

Video: Psalm 29 by Shawn Keefer

Podcast: The Miraculous Healing Power of Mustard Seeds

 

BENEDICTION

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you all.
 

PRACTICE

 

This week, set aside 30-60 minutes to reflect on 2 Corinthians 1:3-7.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what needs to be unwrapped and what needs to be re-integrated.

Jan 13, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Build My Life by Housefires

Nothing I Hold Onto by United Pursuit

How Beautiful by Mosaic

Reckless Love by Bethel

 

TEXT

Matthew 17:14-20

 

TAKEAWAYS

1

Helpful and Helpless may be ego narratives

2

Be present

3

Bear Witness

4

Check In

5

Pray

 

RESOURCE

Video: As If with Malcolm Guite

 

PRACTICE

This week - in moments of feeling helpful or feeling helpless - recite the Jesus Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ,

Son of God, 

Have mercy on me.

Amen

Jan 6, 2019

SONGS WE SANG

Woke Up This Mornin'

It Is Well With My Soul

Mightier by Aaron Strumpel

How Great Thou Art

 

TEXT

2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:7-10‬ ‭

 

TAKEAWAYS

Everything Belongs

Everyone Belongs

Everything is Now

 

RESOURCE

Podcast: The Bible For Normal People "Episode 2: Richard Rohr- A Contemplative Look At The Bible"

 

PRACTICE

This week it will be nice weather. Find some sweet music. Put in earbuds. Look at everything. Ponder.

 

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