Busy week! Lydia Cruz - Bolt Gallery's featured artist for April 2019 - shared about the personal origins of her exhibit The Forest. Then we talked about breakfast.
SONGS WE SANG
Mightier by Aaron Strumpel
Your Love Never Runs Out by Loud Harp
Broken Vessels by Hillsong
Sins Are Stones by John Mark McMillan
John 21:1-17 (MSG)
“The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you’re smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature.”
- Phillips Brooks
“It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you.”
- Phillips Brooks
"What matters is not where we are, but who -- what real things -- are with us. "
- Robert Capon
refresh our sensibilities.
Give us this day our daily taste.
Restore to us soups that spoons will not sink in,
and sauces which are never the same twice.
Raise up among us stews with more gravy
than we have bread to blot it with,
and casseroles that put starch and substance
in our limp modernity.
Take away our fear of fat,
and make us glad of the oil
that ran upon Aaron’s beard.
Give us pasta with a hundred fillings,
and rice in a thousand variations.
give us grace to live as true people—
to fast till we come to a refreshed sense
of what we have and then to dine gratefully
on all that comes to hand.
Drive far from us,
O Most Bountiful,
all creatures of air and darkness;
cast out the demons that possess us;
deliver us from the fear of calories
and the bondage of nutrition;
and set us free once more in our own land,
where we shall serve thee as thou hast blessed us—
with the dew of heaven,
the fatness of the earth,
and plenty of corn and wine.
-Robert Capon, from The Supper Of The Lamb: A Culinary Reflection
Excerpt from The Supper Of The Lamb: A Culinary Reflection
Set aside 15 minutes. Sit down with a piece of paper in front of you. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you 'stand at your real height'. Begin to right down statements beginning with "The truth is..." Write statements until the time is up. What do you notice? What was difficult to write? What feels like provision? What feels like new life?
SONGS WE SANG
Weeping Mary by Loud Harp
Here With Me by Loud Harp
In Christ Alone by Passion
Because He Lives by David Crowder Band
“So this story isn’t yet primarily about Jesus. It’s about people like us, muddled & afraid but showing up, going to look, still not understanding, but unable to let go. About people like us finding a stone rolled away when we thought it was impossible, but not yet understanding why it’s happened or what’s going to happen next.”
- NT Wright
“To practice the sacrament of sacred presence is to be Jesus, and to see Jesus. It’s all right in front of us, here and now...Certainly, if we live in the past, we will be depressed. If we live in the future, we are guaranteed anxiety. Now is always vast and new. Like any practice, it’s not about technique or program. It’s a decision.”
- Gregory Boyle
This week, practice the Prayer Of 3s as you feel invited:
Supper At Emmaus by Caravaggio
Consider practicing Visio Divina with this painting as reference.
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.
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
1 Reflect on a time you felt especially connected with the people around you.
2 Be curious.
3 Reflect on a time when you said "wow" to the mystery of Christ.
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.
Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!
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
2 Corinthians 2:14 (MSG)
"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.”
1 How could beyond me hospitality make a difference in the life of someone you know today?
2 What do you need to exhale today? What can you inhale to take its place?
This week, consider making Breath Prayer a daily practice.
Smell by Frederick Buechner