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Now displaying: Category: Lent: Awakenings

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)

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