What Is My Part? – Richard Jones, 6/14/15

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Scriptures for Today:

Luke 1.26-45
Luke 2.8-18 

The celebrated Danish painter, Carl Heinrich Bloch, was born on May 23, 1834, in Copenhagen, Denmark. After seeing many of Bloch’s paintings that were coming out of Italy,  J. C. Jacobsen, commissioned Bloch to paint 23 new paintings for the King’s Praying Chamber in the newly restored Frederiksborg Castle Chapel (which was ravaged by fire in 1859). This commission came toward the end of Bloch’s time in Italy. The assignment of this commission was to illustrate the life of Christ, and Bloch worked on this monumental project for nearly fourteen years. The commission to paint the 23 paintings for The Praying Chamber changed not only Carl Bloch’s personal life but also his artistic legacy.

Today’s art:

The Annunciation
Mary’s Visit to Elizabeth
Angels Announce the Birth of Christ to the Shepherds

Three really good articles to read that I refer to in the message:

“A Million Boring Little Things” by Richard Beck
http://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-million-boring-little-things.html

“You’re Already So Loved” by Sarah Bessey http://sarahbessey.com/already-so-loved/

“Relaxing into Lent: Identity and Those Voices in Your Head” by Adam Erickson
http://sojo.net/blogs/2015/02/25/relaxing-lent-identity-and-those-voices-your-head

WHAT IS MY PART?

1-Mary accepted God’s life-changing work.

How does God change you?   As I follow Jesus, as I read Scripture, as I pray, as I listen to others, as I respond to people’s needs, as I gather for worship, as I show love to others…God changes me.

2-Elizabeth celebrated God’s identity-changing work.

3-The shepherds participated in God’s world-changing work.

“Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing…” They got involved.  Where do I start?

Listen

Practice the examen

Pray the Lord’s Prayer

Be present

 

PRAYING THE EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us.  The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience.

The method presented here is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius of

Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises.
In its simplest form, the Examen invites you to review your day with two questions:

“For what am I most grateful today?”
“For what am I least grateful today?”

A more comprehensive guide can be found here:

http://www.marshill.org/pdf/sp/PrayerOfExamenLong.pdf

and here:

http://www.marshill.org/pdf/sp/PrayerOfExamenShort.pdf

 

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