Spiritual Nourishment Sept 10

September 9, 2020 

Hello, church! SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY! In person worship resumes Sunday. Don’t forget to RSVP!  

I share here my prayer for the week: 

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day: preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. 

Peace, 

Chess 

Kiva 

Years ago, I was introduced to Kiva when reading the book Half the Sky. Kiva is a micro-loan organization that, in their own words, “empowers underserved people to achieve their dreams by crowdfunding loans and unlocking capital. I recommend you check Kiva out for a couple of reasons. First, you might sometimes think that you don’t know where to start with helping people who need it, and Kiva makes it easy by connecting you directly to people who need help. Secondly, Kiva is more than just a micro-loan organization; they are on the front lines of helping oppressed people rebuild. If you use Kiva’s search and filter features, you can quickly find lots of people who are trying to financially rebuild after years of war, oppression, trafficking, and more. Considering the Bible’s extensive calls for justice, help for the oppressed, and benevolence for the least (Matt 25), Kiva is a great opportunity to get you connected to those who need help in a simple, easy, and even affordable way. Check their about section here to see more about how it all works, and I hope you will consider lending your support. 

Family Activities 

This week our Fruit of the Spirit is Peace.  Here are a couple of resources for you to talk with your kids about peace.  The first focuses in inner peace and the second on peace with each other.  Enjoy!   

As you prepare for this Sunday’s worship 

Included here are the scriptures, reflection questions, and prayers that are thematically matched to our Sunday worship outline. 

Scriptures: Exod 14:19-21, 15:1-11, 20-21; Ps 114; Matt 18:21-35; Rom 14:1-12 

Questions for Reflection: 

Forgiveness is a hard thing. When has someone forgiven you? Is there someone you need to forgive or ask forgiveness?  

Morning Prayer:  

Gracious and loving God, thank you for this day. Strengthen my resolve to love and show mercy throughout the day. Lead my feet to your holy dwelling place, and guide the work I have to do for today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. 

Evening Prayer:  

Merciful God, thank you for keeping me in the safety of your arms and for new mercies and the glory you showed through the day. Keep my family and me through the night. I thank and praise you! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. 

 

Previous Links 

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference: 


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Spiritual Nourishment Sept 3

September 3, 2020 

Hello, church! With in-person worship services resuming on 9/13, we would like to know if you are planning to attend (or which other worship options you’re participating in). Please take the short amount of time it takes to fill out this survey 

 I share here my prayer for the week: 

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our heart; for as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

 Peace, 

Chess 

 Carl Spain Center 

In 1960, Carl Spain spoke at the Abilene Christian University Lectureship, delivering a speech titled Modern Challenges to Christian Moralsdirectly challenging the policy excluding African Americans from attending the university. He was criticized and ostracized by many for the rest of his life, but his legacy and mission have endured. Recently, an institute devoted to the topic of race relations within the churches of Christ was created and dedicated to Carl Spain, the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual ActionTheir mission states: “The Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action was created to honor the legacy of Carl Spain by conducting research on the historical and contemporary role of race and racism in the church and its Christian institutions. The Center heavily emphasizes spiritual formation by utilizing prayer, solitude, biblical meditation, and silence as methods to address racism that is often “spiritualized” in the hearts of Christians.” Their website has gathered helpful resources, videos, and events for any who wish to participate. It is a wonderful, budding resource that I highly recommend you check out – and sign-up for their newsletter, too. 

 Family Activities 

This week’s fruit of the spirit focus is love.  It can mean a lot of different things, but the most important is recognizing God’s love for us.  Hope you and your family enjoy some of these activities.  There is also a memory game to print out and play on all of the fruits. 

 

As you prepare for this Sunday’s worship 

Included here are the scriptures, reflection questions, and prayers that are thematically matched to our Sunday worship outline. 

 Scriptures: Exod 12:1-14; Ps 149; Matt 18:15-20; Rom 13:8-14 

 Questions for Reflection: 

How do you reconcile a God who would “strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals” (Exod. 12:12) with a God who would die for the sins of the entire world?  

 Morning Prayer:  

O God of this and every morning, as I begin this day, call my name; as I step into this day, guide my feet; as I live this day, care for those I love; as I learn this day, teach me your ways. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

 Evening Prayer:  

God of stars and planets, the setting sun ends this day for us as it rises on a new day for others.  For us and for them, be light in every darkness. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 


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Spiritual Nourishment Aug 26

Hello, church! In-person worship is just around the corner, beginning September 13 for those who wish to return. I urge all of you to check out this page on the website so you’ll know what to expect. This document will answer most of your questions, and of course, if you have other questions, please ask.  

Many of you likely have stressful transitions coming up as schools begin again in various formats, work routines might be changing, not to mention continued stress, anxiety, and worry over everything that is going on these days. Please continue to take care of your spiritual health, especially during times like this. Join me in praying for reduced stress, healing for the world, smooth transitions, and hope for the future.  

Peace, 

Chess 

Nomad Podcast 

Historically, trends in Christianity in the US run about 25 years behind the UK. So, the condition of Christianity today here in the US is very similar to how things were 25 years ago in the UK. A good barometer for where we are headed, then, is to take a look at Christianity in the UK today. It is not a perfect model, but it is eerily accurate and a helpful practice. That said, one way you can get a peek into the world of Christianity in the UK is the Nomad podcast. Like most podcasts, there are book reviews, author interviews, and notable guests, but they are discussing Christianity, theology, and history from a very different point of view than we normally get here stateside. It is a highquality podcast that I definitely recommend on its own merit, but also because it could offer us a glimpse into our future and advice from hindsight for today. 

Family Activities 

In keeping with the fruit of the spirit theme, this week is joy. I try not to put personal opinions into these lessons so that each family can make their own decisions.  But I have to share a story that illustrates the idea of joy perfectly. I was watching my granddaughters last summer and there was a big storm, thunder, lightning, pouring rain.  When it was over, they wanted to go outside and play.  All geared up in their rain boots, rain pants and rain coats, they ran around to the front of the house and exclaimed, “Look at the great puddle the rain made for us!” They jumped in that puddle laughing and giggling for close to 45 minutes. Pure joy on their faces. I have a couple of pictures of them that make me smile every time I see them.  Hopefully, these lessons will inspire you and your kids to find joy in the small things.   

 – Linda 

 

As you prepare for this Sunday’s worship 

Included here are the scriptures, reflection questions, and prayers that are thematically matched to our Sunday worship outline. 

Scriptures: Exod 3:1-15; Ps 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b; Matt 16:21-28; Rom 12:9-21 

Questions for Reflection: 

How can your life include a faithful response to Jesus’ charge that his followers must “deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matt. 16:24)?  

Morning Prayer:  

God of lovetoday help us to live peaceably with all. Help us live in genuine love: to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to love you, O God, with our whole heart, mind, and strength. In Jesus’ loving name. Amen. 

Evening Prayer:  

Holy Godbecause you have been with us this day, we have stood on holy ground. Thank you. We know that you will remain with us through this night. Thank you. We know that you will be with us again tomorrow. Thank you. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen. 

 

Previous Links 

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference: 

Weekly Lectionary 

Daily Lectionary 

Bible Gateway Reading Plans 

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours 

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen 

Breath Prayers 

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth , by Walter Brueggemann 

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun 

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher  

Blog on Prayer Labyrinths  

St. John’s Bible  

Christian Classics Ethereal Library 

Prayers for a Privileged People 

Shattering the Illusion: How African American Churches of Christ Moved from Segregation to Independence by Wes Crawford 

Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman 

The Road Back to You by Ian Cron 

thriftychristianreader.com 

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, by Brian Zahnd 

Dead Sea Scrolls 

What Was Wrong with Cain’s Sacrifice? 

What Is Worship? 

Sacred Places: In Search of Ebenezers 

Backwards: A Dangerous Reading of Matthew 6 

Poem of the Day 

Sacred Texts 

Center for Action and Contemplation 


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Spiritual Homework Aug 13

August 13th, 2020 

 

Hello, church! Please join me this week in continuing to pray for the health of the world, for the comfort of those who have lost loved ones, for justice, for the future of Christianity, for our congregation as we prepare to resume in-person gatherings, for the education of children and all involved in the process, for God’s mercy upon us all, and for our ability to share the love of God with others. 

Peace, 

Chess 

 

Richard Rohr 

Richard Rohr is a rather polarizing figure. He is a Franciscan priest, author, speaker, and teacher who “is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.” But he isn’t for everyone; those who read his works either love it or hate it. Personally, I generally find many of his works very informative and helpful for my spirituality, particularly his bookThe Divine DanceYears ago, he founded a retreat center called the Center for Action and Contemplation, and their website has consolidated all things Richard Rohr, links to books, podcasts, daily email meditations, and much more. I suggest you check it out and consider adding your email to the subscription list for the daily meditations.  

 

Family Activities 

We know that the fruit of the spirit is important for us as adults.  We need to teach our young people so that they grow up knowing how important it is to practice these basic things.  Enclosed this week are several activities centered on these attitudes.  The final activity is a fruit salad to make with your child.  Have fun, show them that the individual things are good, but together they make something great! 

Explanation of the Fruit of the Spirit 

Fruit of the Spirit Worksheet 

Fruit of the Spirit Coloring Page 

Make a “Fruit of the Spirit” Salad 

 

As you prepare for this Sunday’s worship 

Included here are the scriptures, reflection questions, and prayers that are thematically matched to our Sunday worship outline. 

Scriptures: Gen 45:1-15; Ps 133; Matt 15:10-28; Rom 11:1-2a, 29-32 

Questions for Reflection: 

Why do you think Jesus resisted the Canaanite woman’s request? How does this fit with your idea of Jesus’ mercy and love? What changed his mind? How does this influence your faith in God? 

Morning Prayer:  

Merciful God, this day is full of your possibilities for healing and reconciliation, for new beginnings and restored relationships. Unite my heart with your will so that your abundant anointing will flow through me. Send me now with your promised blessings to preserve the lives of those in need. Amen. 

Evening Prayer:  

God of the night watches, guard me from torment, release me from distress. Call me close to you and kiss me with your favor that I may rest secure in you. Amen. 

 

Previous Links 

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference. 

 

Weekly Lectionary 

Daily Lectionary 

Bible Gateway Reading Plans 

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours 

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen 

Breath Prayers 

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth , by Walter Brueggemann 

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun 

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher  

Blog on Prayer Labyrinths  

St. John’s Bible  

Christian Classics Ethereal Library 

Prayers for a Privileged People 

Shattering the Illusion: How African American Churches of Christ Moved from Segregation to Independence by Wes Crawford 

Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman 

The Road Back to You by Ian Cron 

thriftychristianreader.com 

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, by Brian Zahnd 

Dead Sea Scrolls 

What Was Wrong with Cain’s Sacrifice? 

What Is Worship? 

Sacred Places: In Search of Ebenezers 

Backwards: A Dangerous Reading of Matthew 6 

Poem of the Day 

Sacred Texts 


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Spiritual Homework Aug 5

August 5, 2020

Hello, church! I hope this finds you well. Please join me this week in continuing to pray for the health of the world, those devastated by disasters like the explosion in Beirut, those who are financially struggling, and for one another as we try to maintain physical, mental, and spiritual health. 

Peace, 
Chess 
 

Ancient Texts 

In the Day4 group we are currently discussing some of the references made in the gospels to other literary works. Perhaps you’ve heard of titles like Enoch, Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach, and the Talmud, but you might not have realized they are quoted and alluded to often in the New Testament. You are always welcome to join our zoom meeting and discuss this topic with us, but also here’s a few books to get you started in your exploration of non-canonical Judea-Christian texts. First, there’s Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies, which provides intro material and a fantastic verse by verse appendix of allusions and quotations. Second, I recommend The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha for anyone who wants a very complete and thorough collection of texts. Finally, I recommend the site Sacred Texts for free access to many of these texts; use the links on the left to toggle between Christian and Judaism to see most of the relevant titles. 

Family Activities 

We hope you are continuing to practice Bible skills with your children.  Here are three new quizzes for you to work with them on.   

 

As you prepare for this Sunday’s worship 

Included here are the scriptures, reflection questions, and prayers that are thematically matched to our Sunday worship outline. 

Scriptures: Gen 37:1-4, 12-28; Ps 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Matt 14:22-33; Rom 10:5-15 

Questions for Reflection: 

Why did Jesus send the disciples ahead while he stayed to pray alone? How do times of turmoil and anxiety affect your trust in God?  

Morning Prayer:  

God of my destiny, thank you for a new day in which your purpose will unfold. Send me now as your servant to succor the suffering and as your disciple to declare the good news of your Son. Help me to remember during times of testing that your word goes ahead of me and upholds me. Amen. 

Evening Prayer:  

Son of God, this day has been crowded with work and service. This evening, bring me alone with you to the mountain to pray. Help me to know your reassuring presence with me through the night hours. May I come to you and rest in you. Amen. 

 Previous Links 

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference. 

 

Weekly Lectionary 

Daily Lectionary 

Bible Gateway Reading Plans 

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours 

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen 

Breath Prayers 

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth , by Walter Brueggemann 

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun 

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher  

Blog on Prayer Labyrinths  

St. John’s Bible  

Christian Classics Ethereal Library 

Prayers for a Privileged People 

Shattering the Illusion: How African American Churches of Christ Moved from Segregation to Independence by Wes Crawford 

Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman 

The Road Back to You by Ian Cron 

thriftychristianreader.com 

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, by Brian Zahnd 

Dead Sea Scrolls 

What Was Wrong with Cain’s Sacrifice? 

What Is Worship? 

Sacred Places: In Search of Ebenezers 

Backwards: A Dangerous Reading of Matthew 6 

Poem of the Day 


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Spiritual Homework July 28

July 29, 2020 

Hello, church! We seem surrounded by negativity, and I understand that. There is so much happening in the world that is painful, wrong, and sad that it is hard to keep our focus on anything but the negative side of life. I encourage all of us to make room to grieve and mourn, but I also hope that we intentionally train ourselves to celebrate the good of life as well. Intentionally celebrate one another, your friends and family, and your blessings, big and small.  I hope that my recommendation of poetry below can you help both process the negative and celebrate the positive. 

Peace, 

Chess 

Poetry 

I don’t know about you, but I had more than a few bad experiences with poetry when I was growing up. It was forced upon me at school, and I was expected to analyze, break-down, and not enjoy poetry. I have since checked myself into a self-made poetry rehabilitation program, so to speak, and have found time and ways to enjoy and appreciate poetry, which is very important for spirituality. So much of scripture is poetry, our prayers and hymns are full of poetry, and even the way we talk and think about God is drenched in poetry. I have the book Reading for Preaching to thank for this wake-up call, and I recommend the book for anyone who is interested in exploring how a variety of literature intake expands your theology. But what has helped me most is subscribing to the Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day, which will get you one poem a day sent to your email inbox. I don’t like every poem, or even many of them, but the exposure to more poetry has helped me better appreciate poetic portions of scripture, given me new language to use, and every so often I find a poem that expresses a theological truth that I could not have expressed myself. I think poetry is critically important for spirituality, and I highly recommend reading more, even if you already read a lot. 

 
Family Activities 
Here are  couple of word scrambles for our kids.  Work with them on this and then pick your favorite and share with them the story. 
 

As you prepare for this Sunday’s worship 

Included here are the scriptures, reflection questions, and prayers that are thematically matched to our Sunday worship outline. 

Scriptures: Gen 32:22-31; Ps 17:1-7, 15; Matt 14:13-21; Rom 9:1-5 

Questions for Reflection: 

“Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak” (Gen. 32:24). Why do you think God allows times of struggle in our lives? How have times of struggle affected your walk with God? How does your relationship with God affect your view of overwhelming problems in the world, such as hunger, poverty, violence, or injustice?  

Morning Prayer:  

God of daybreak, thank you for holding me through the night and awakening me to behold your likeness in this brand-new day. Go with me now as I walk with you.  Show me the world and its people through your eyes of compassion. Bless me, break me, and move through me to heal and feed those who hunger for you. Amen.   

Evening Prayer:  

O God, tonight I lay my failures, anxieties, struggles, and unfinished business at your feet. Hold me, bless me, and change me as I rest in you. Amen. 

Previous Links 

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference. 

 

Weekly Lectionary 

Daily Lectionary 

Bible Gateway Reading Plans 

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours 

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen 

Breath Prayers 

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth , by Walter Brueggemann 

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun 

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher  

Blog on Prayer Labyrinths  

St. John’s Bible  

Christian Classics Ethereal Library 

Prayers for a Privileged People 

Shattering the Illusion: How African American Churches of Christ Moved from Segregation to Independence by Wes Crawford 

Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman 

The Road Back to You by Ian Cron 

thriftychristianreader.com 

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, by Brian Zahnd 

Dead Sea Scrolls 

What Was Wrong with Cain’s Sacrifice? 

What Is Worship? 

Sacred Places: In Search of Ebenezers 

Backwards: A Dangerous Reading of Matthew 6 

 


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Spiritual Homework July 22

July 22, 2020

Hello, church! I continue to pray for all of you, for the healing of the world, and for our future – as undecided as it can so often feel. I also pray for your spiritual nourishment, and in that regard, this week I offer you a deep well of resources that can uplift and challenge you in the form of decades of lectures from Pepperdine and Abilene.  

Peace, 

Chess 

University Lectureships 

For over a century, the individual churches of Christ in this country have been united by lectureship series’ hosted by our various universities. These lectureships provide one of the few opportunities for the churches of Christ to gather together in worship, fellowship, learning, and growth on a large scale. This year’s health challenges have postponed the lectures till next year, so if (like me) you find yourself missing these events, here are some links to recordings from previous years, and if you have never attended these events before, watch a few videos and hopefully you will be convinced to consider attending in the future. 

Pepperdine Harbor (links to each year are on the right side) 

Abilene Summit (links at bottom for video and audio of past years) 
 
 

Family Activities 

Here is a Gratitude Scavenger Hunt for your kids.
 

As you prepare for this Sunday’s worship 

Included here are the scriptures, reflection questions, and prayers that are thematically matched to our Sunday worship outline. 

Scriptures: Gen 29:15-28; Ps 105:1-11, 45b; Matt 13:31-33, 44-52; Rom 8:26-39 

Questions for Reflection: 

Are there dilemmas or relationships in which you feel separated from the love of God? Can you imagine that God might be at work there, bringing life in unexpected ways? What would change if you were to claim the promise that nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord? 

Morning Prayer:  

God of ferment, God of life, as I recall the night’s unsettled dreams as I foresee the day’s demands… come to me in the desires of my heart, in the anger of the excluded, in all I might discount— until I find you everywhere, until your holy love leavens every impulse, for I pray in the name of Jesus, whose surprising call continues. Amen. 

Evening Prayer:  

Joy of my heart, thank you for this day’s unexpected turns: for provision when I was stymied and laughter born of grace. As I rest in your mercy open my heart to your unruly love  and the neighbors you have put in my path. Amen. 

 

Previous Links 

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference. 

 

Weekly Lectionary 

Daily Lectionary 

Bible Gateway Reading Plans 

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours 

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen 

Breath Prayers 

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth , by Walter Brueggemann 

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun 

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher  

Blog on Prayer Labyrinths  

St. John’s Bible  

Christian Classics Ethereal Library 

Prayers for a Privileged People 

Shattering the Illusion: How African American Churches of Christ Moved from Segregation to Independence by Wes Crawford 

Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman 

The Road Back to You by Ian Cron 

thriftychristianreader.com 

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, by Brian Zahnd 

Dead Sea Scrolls 

What Was Wrong with Cain’s Sacrifice? 

What Is Worship? 

Sacred Places: In Search of Ebenezers 

Backwards: A Dangerous Reading of Matthew 6 


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Spiritual Homework July 15

July 15th, 2020 

Hello, church! I hope you are well, your gardens are thriving, your vacations are responsible, and your spirituality is thriving. In an attempt to help you with the latter, here’s a few things for you, including some blogs for you to read on the topic of worship that I think will be helpful as we are getting closer than ever to resuming in person worship.  

Peace, 

Chess 

What is Worship? 

Thanks to the incredibly hard and time demanding work of two different committees, the elders, and a lot of volunteers, we are closer than ever to resuming in-person worship. As we get closer to meeting together, several conversations about worship have naturally arisen. What is worship? Is it worship if it isn’t like it used to be? What are the requirements to have a worship service? Is what we are doing on Zoom worship? These are all very important questions, and many of them will be addressed from the pulpit as we resume worship. Today, though, I wanted to link you to a few blogs that are asking similar questions. Some provide answers, but mostly they are raising good questions for your consideration. I hope that you will take the time to read through these and spend time this week dwelling on these kinds of questions with scripture as a talking partner. Texts like Romans 12, the sermon on the mount, the story of Hannah, and many others would be great voices to have while you think through these questions. 

What Was Wrong with Cain’s Sacrifice? 

What Is Worship? 

Sacred Places: In Search of Ebenezers 

 

Day 4 

We start a new series tonight on how ancient texts are echoed in the gospels.  Start time is actually 7:30, not 7 as stated in the Arlington Alert.  Now is a great time to reengage in midweek Bible Study.

 

Family Activities 

This weeks activities focus on kindness 

Kindness Challenge  

God is with you coloring page 

Kindness Coloring page  

 

As you prepare for this Sunday’s worship 

Included here are the scriptures, reflection questions, and prayers that are thematically matched to our Sunday worship outline. 

 

Scriptures: Gen 28:10-19a; Ps 139:1-12, 23-24; Matt 13:24-30; Rom 8:12-25 

Questions for Reflection: 

How has your understanding of the relationship between suffering and faith (or vulnerability and trust) changed over time? What experiences of God’s grace do you need to acknowledge and anoint? 

Morning Prayer: 

In whatever shelter I wake this morningI know this place is holy because you meet me here. As I wash my body and prepare for the day, I remember baptismal waters and the claim upon my life. Wherever darkness looms, Sovereign God, traffic in mercy this day. Traffic in mercy this day. Amen. 

Evening Prayer:  

As darkness spreads over the land, I trust that you move in it. As I yield the night to sleep and dreams, I pray you would remake me into a servant bold, for the sake of Jesus. Amen. 

Previous Links 

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference. 

 

Weekly Lectionary 

Daily Lectionary 

Bible Gateway Reading Plans 

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours 

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen 

Breath Prayers 

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth , by Walter Brueggemann 

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun 

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher  

Blog on Prayer Labyrinths  

St. John’s Bible  

Christian Classics Ethereal Library 

Prayers for a Privileged People 

Shattering the Illusion: How African American Churches of Christ Moved from Segregation to Independence by Wes Crawford 

Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman 

The Road Back to You by Ian Cron 

thriftychristianreader.com 

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, by Brian Zahnd 

Dead Sea Scrolls 


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Spiritual Homework July 1

July 1st, 2020 

Hello, church! I hope you are all doing well and not melting in the summer heat. The committee tasked with resuming worship and the elders are hard at work. I ask that all of you keep them and their efforts in your prayers. They love you all dearly and hold your health, safety, and interests close to their hearts. I ask that this week you spend extra time praying for them, for their wisdom, and for their rest as we all look forward to the day that we can resume worship. I also ask that you continue to pray for the world as we continue to live lives affected by the coronavirus.  

Peace, 

Chess 

Sunday Worship

Included here are the scriptures, reflection questions, and prayers that are thematically matched to our Sunday worship outline. 

Scriptures: Gen 24:34-67; Ps 45:10-17; Matt 11:16-19, 25-30; Rom 7:15-25a 

Questions for Reflection: 

What misplaced burdens are you carrying? Where might God be offering you a more well-fitted yoke? Where are your expectations of God and the church unmet?  Where do you sense God moving in hidden ways? 

Morning Prayer: 

As the darkness recedes, open my eyes to the gift of this day; help me to trust you with all that it will hold. In the hours to come, as my plans are interrupted, tune my ear to the sound of your voice, my eye to the movement of your Spirit, my heart to the strength of your desire, that I might glimpse your hidden graces and be strengthened in your service, for I would be your instrument. Amen. 

Evening Prayer:  

Merciful God, I come weary, grateful for the chance to meet you in the silence, eager to be washed again in your claim. Lift from me the burdens I do not easily yield. In your gracious provision, fit me with a better yoke that I might rest as a child secure and rise with a teachable spirit. Amen. 

Bible Maps

Geography isn’t my hobby, and I don’t consider myself a visual learner. I understand, however that many people love maps and are visual learners, and if you are one such person, you should be reading the Bible with a good set of maps handy. Lots of Bibles have a handful of maps in the back, but often not the one I need, or the one I wish existed. So this week I have included a link to A BUNCH of free (and good) maps that are very, if not oddly, specific. It would especially be a good bookmark on your phone so that you can use it at church/on the go. Maps like these are a great way to visualize and contextualize the Bible. 

Family Activities

This week we are continuing to practice our skills in using the Bible.  Here is a fun worksheet on Bugs in the Bible.  Work with your kids to looks up the scriptures and fill in the blanks. We also have a couple of things for the July 4th holiday—a reminder that God is with us whereever we are and an indoor fireworks game.  

Previous Links

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference. 

Weekly Lectionary 

Daily Lectionary 

Bible Gateway Reading Plans 

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours 

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen 

Breath Prayers 

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth , by Walter Brueggemann 

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun 

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher  

Blog on Prayer Labyrinths  

St. John’s Bible  

Christian Classics Ethereal Library 

Prayers for a Privileged People 

Shattering the Illusion: How African American Churches of Christ Moved from Segregation to Independence by Wes Crawford 

Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman 

The Road Back to You by Ian Cron 

thriftychristianreader.com 

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, by Brian Zahnd 

Dead Sea Scrolls 


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Spiritual Homework June 24

June 24, 2020 

I continue to pray for all of you as we face fears of reopening, a rise in coronavirus cases, political tensions, cries for justice, stress related to employment, financial struggles, and distance from one another. I pray for your health, your sanity, your spirituality, and your future. If there is something that you need, please don’t hesitate to talk to myself or one of the other leaders at church. We want to help however we can. In the meantimeI’ve included the scriptures and prayers for this Sunday’s services, as well as some information on the Dead Sea Scrolls.  

 Peace, 

Chess 

 Sunday Worship 

Included here are the scriptures, reflection questions, and prayers that are thematically matched to our Sunday worship outline. 

Scriptures: Gen 22:1-14; Ps 13; Matt 10:40-42, Rom 6:12-23 

Questions for Reflection 

What is God asking me to return? Why? What might be the outcome? 

Morning Prayer: 

I rise this day in the power of your Holy Spirit, O God. lift up my hands, my heart, and my songs to praise you, O Christ. Be for me today, my Savior, the guardian in my weakness, a friend on my journey, and my aim for all I seek to do. May all who speak to me say, “Peace”; may all to whom I speak hear, “Love.” Give visions of Christ in pied beauty around tables of meeting, along paths of dappling shadows, and in the faces of loved ones and strangers. Whether the day is bright or gloomy, be my light. Then, when the night begins to fall, bid me home—be my home, that I may find my rest  in you, O Three in One. Amen. 

Evening Prayer:  

Be my light, O Creator of light, as evening comes to my home and to me. Let me see your name written in sparkling stars, glowing planets, dancing cosmic wind. Let me hear you pass gently in the cool of the night’s breeze, on the wings of the night-flying creatures. And if there are to be storms this night, so that I shall not see the sky, and a gale howls with fearful threats, let me still put my trust in you, rest in you. Or, because there is a need in the world, rise up as you give me strength to bear witness with heart and hands to the world’s true light, in whose name I pray. Amen. 

 

The Dead Sea Scrolls 

Even if you’ve been hiding in a cave, you’ve likely heard something about the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were also hiding in a cave until they were discovered by a boy throwing a rockbreaking a jar with scrolls inside. While the contents of the scrolls don’t contain an autograph of any of our biblical books, they are a priceless piece of history that has forever changed our understanding of biblical history. The scrolls aren’t all page turners (a large majority are detailed instructions on cleanliness and read like Leviticus), but there are several of the scrolls that contain bizarre stories, messianic expectations, and even treasure maps. The contents of the scrolls also contain some of the oldest copies of Hebrew Bible manuscripts, including a large majority of the prophets. So if you’ve ever heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls but never taken the time to read them, how about now? Here’s the link to a free full text copyOr if not now, at least save this link for the next time they are mentioned. You should always double check when someone references the scrolls and read them for yourself, especially considering many of them turn out to be forgeries 

Family Activities 

In our children’s classes this winter our kids were learning how to use their Bibles to look up scriptures.  Let’s not let those skills get rusty.  Make it a family activity—working together to complete the questions on this activity sheet.   

 

Previous Links 

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference. 

 

Weekly Lectionary 

Daily Lectionary 

Bible Gateway Reading Plans 

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours 

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen 

Breath Prayers 

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth , by Walter Brueggemann 

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun 

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher  

Blog on Prayer Labyrinths  

St. John’s Bible  

Christian Classics Ethereal Library 

Prayers for a Privileged People 

Shattering the Illusion: How African American Churches of Christ Moved from Segregation to Independence by Wes Crawford 

Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman 

The Road Back to You by Ian Cron 

thriftychristianreader.com 

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, by Brian Zahnd 


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Spritual Homework June 17

June 17, 2020

Thank you all so much for your thoughtfulness, sensitivity, bravery, and willingness to have difficult conversations over the past few weeks. These have been difficult and important weeks, and I am thankful for the reactions I have seen and heard from you. The struggle is far from over, and if you’d like to talk or want recommendations on more resources, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For now, here are the usual weekly resources and a subscription recommendation for some great bargain deals.

Peace,

Chess

Sunday Worship

Included here are the scriptures, reflection questions, and prayers that are thematically matched to our Sunday worship outline.

Scriptures: Gen 21:8-21; Ps 86:1-10, 16-17, Matt 10:24-39, Rom 6:1b-11

Questions for Reflection

What does the story of Sarah and Hagar (Gen. 21:8–21) say about God? What does the story suggest about how we might treat one another more justly?

Morning Prayer

O God, I praise you as I arise this morning. You are the giver of all life and you provide for what you have made. Be with my spirit this day and teach me to be thankful for all that you offer. Move me to be generous with others, sharing not only goods, but also time, patience, and kindness. You know what will happen today. Guide me so that I do what pleases you. Be near to me and help me to trust your love. I pray for all the world today, for what I do has effects far beyond what I can know or understand. By your Holy Spirit, let me speak peace, let me do peace, let me be peace, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Evening Prayer

Creator of heaven and earth, light and darkness, day and night, I thank you for the day just past that you have given me in your mercy. I pray for your forgiveness for those things I did that were displeasing to you and for those missed opportunities to show my love for you. Let me rest tonight, trusting in the grace of your Son, Jesus Christ. Restore my mind and body as I sleep so that when I awake I will have the strength to serve you and your children well. O beloved God, let me rise to a new day giving you thanks and praise, in the name of Jesus Christ the Savior. Amen.

 

Thrifty Christian Reader

With over 2000 years of time, history has amassed a plethora of written materials about God, Christianity, and theology. The two biggest obstacles preventing me from reading all of it is time and cost. I can’t fix the issue of time (unless one of you can teach offer a speed reading crash course), but I can make a recommendation for helping with cost: thriftychristianreader.com. This site allows you to either follow on Facebook or subscribe to emails in which they highlight deals they have found across the web. They do all the legwork of tracking down the best deals so you don’t have to spend your time hunting. It is the perfect combination of great recommendations, quality works, cost efficiency (most of the recommendations are under $5), and convenience. The latest recommendation is a book that I personally love, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, by Brian Zahnd ($4.99 on Kindle right now). I don’t necessarily agree with everything in the book, but I appreciate the perspective and discussion of hard topics. Consider following Brian on Facebook or signing up for his emails and you and your wallet will be better off.

 

Previous Links

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference.

 

Weekly Lectionary

Daily Lectionary

Bible Gateway Reading Plans

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen

Breath Prayers

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth , by Walter Brueggemann

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher

Blog on Prayer Labyrinths

St. John’s Bible

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Prayers for a Privileged People

Shattering the Illusion: How African American Churches of Christ Moved from Segregation to Independence by Wes Crawford

Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman

The Road Back to You by Ian Cron


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Spiritual Homework May 20

May 20, 2020 
 

Hello, church!  

 I hope all of you are doing well and staying healthy! This week, I’ve provided you the typical resources for worship, another plea to complete the servant profile form, and linked you to a great resource on the history of the churches of Christ. I’ll also remind you that at the bottom of this email is a growing list of all the resources I’ve sent out so far. Maybe there is something there you didn’t have time for previously that you might now. It’s worth giving a second look. 

Peace, 

Chess 

 

Servant Profile 

Thanks to all of you who have filled out the servant profile form! This is a brand-new form that is so much more informative and helpful than forms we have used in previous years. So even if you have filled out a form like this before, please do fill this one out too as it is entirely new and different. 

 

Sunday Worship 

Included here are the scriptures, reflection questions, and prayers that are thematically matched to our Sunday worship outline. 

Worship for May 24, 2020 

Scriptures: Ps 47Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11Eph 1:15-23 

Question for Reflection 

The risen and ascended Christ promises to send us power from on high. How do I use such “soul force” to bring forgiveness, blessing, and love to others?   

Morning Prayer 

Holy God, I give thanks this day that your Son ascends in the core of my being as new life arises in me.  Open the eyes of my heart this day to seek and serve you in all whom I meet. Amen.   

Evening Prayer 

I repent of the wrongs I have done this day, and seek forgiveness by the grace of your love.  Clothe me with power on high this night that my life may rest hidden in you. Amen. 

 

History of the churches of Christ 

For you history buffs, I’d like to point you to a great resource on the history of the churches of Christ at ACU’s library website. Over the years, the special collections department of the library has collected many artifacts related to the history of the Stone-Campbell movement. From Alexander Campbell’s pulpit, hand-written letters, and so many books, the collection is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of the churches of Christ. You can browse or search and uncover a lot. A quick search of Arlington even came up with this book that outlines a brief history of the founding of all the churches of Christ stretching from Virginia to Newfoundland (I’ve attached the preview of what it says about Arlington). I hope you will take the time to play around on the site and maybe learn some history. It might be a worthy rabbit hole in quarantine. 

 

Kids’ Stuff 

Below you will find a family devotional to help you all think about Bible Characters that “social distanced” and how God used that time for good.  There is also a quick matching game to work with your kids on who’s who in the Bible.   

https://www.arlingtonfamily.org/has-social-distancing-ever-happened-in-scripture12468-application/ 

https://www.arlingtonfamily.org/whos-who-in-childrens-bible-stories12470-application/ 

 

Previous Links 

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference. 

 

Weekly Lectionary 

Daily Lectionary 

Bible Gateway Reading Plans 

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours 

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen 

Breath Prayers 

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth , by Walter Brueggemann 

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun 

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher  

Blog on Prayer Labyrinths  

St. John’s Bible  

Christian Classics Ethereal Library 


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Spiritual Homework May 13

May 13, 2020 

Hello, church!  

Another week of sheltering in place, and another email from me. This week I’ve given you another chance to complete the servant profile form, and I hope that you will take the time to fill that out. I’ve also linked one of my favorite resources for you to explore, and it’s all free. Who doesn’t like free stuff?! Also, don’t forget about the town hall meeting coming up on the 17th at 2pm. 

Peace, 

Chess 

Servant Profile 

It’s not too late! Please, please, please fill out this very important servant profile form to let us know what areas you might be interested to volunteer your service. I promise it is a short and painless form that won’t take up a lot of your time. Thanks to those of you that already have and thanks in advance to those of you that are going to click on the link now and fill it out! 

This week’s Memory Verse  

I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.  – John 14:18 

As Jesus prepared for the cross he did everything he could to reassure his disciples that he wasn’t going anywhere. It is difficult in the face of death to believe that death is not a finality, and as we experience so much death worldwide, this verse is a twofold reminder: first, that Jesus has not abandoned us to the horrors of death, and second, that death is not the end because Jesus is coming back to bring us into life eternal. It’s a short verse with a lot of power and hope. 

Sunday Worship 

For the past few weeks I have been including here the scriptures and discussion questions for the coming Sunday’s worship. I would like to add two prayers, a morning and evening prayer. These prayers are crafted around the themes found in the scripture readings and would be great on their own or tacked onto your own prayers. The value of creating a habit of praying these prayers each day is they allow you to immerse yourself even more fully into the themes of scripture.  

Worship for May 17, 2020 

Scriptures: Ps 66:8-20; John 14:15-21; Acts 17:22-31; 1 Pet 3:13-22 

Question for Reflection: According to the psalmist, God brought the people through trials, tests, burdens, and pain to a spacious place of life, breath, and salvation. God heard their prayers and opened them to deliverance. Where have you     felt such a spacious place? What story do you tell of the ways that God is blessing you? What story does your faith community tell of the ways in which God is blessing them?   

Morning 

I give thanks for the gift of life and breath Acts 17:25; 1 Pet. 3:13–16 

that is mine today in Christ.  Make me eager to do good and to resist evil, and grant me the wisdom to recognize the difference.  Fill me with your assurance in all I say and do that I may share the hope that is within me in gentleness and reverence of Christ. Amen. 

Evening 

O God,Acts 17:28; Ps. 66:8–20; 

in whom I live and move and have my being,1 Pet. 3:15 

you hear me when I cry and listen to my prayer;  

you set my feet on steady ground, you never leave me alone.  

As I rest in you tonight, sanctify my heart in Christ, 

and fill me with your strength,  

that I may rise to love and serve you and greet another day. Amen. 

 

The Christian Classics Ethereal Library 

Today I’d like to share with you one of my favorite free resources, The Christian Classics Ethereal Library, which has collected a vast amount of Christian writings. The website gives you free access to early Christian writings (such as the Didache), early Christian authors (such as Augustine’s City of God), and even later works (such as the writings of John Calvin). You can browse the site by topic, genre, author, title, and even chronologically. It’s a great site for expanding your knowledge and resources relating to church history and biblical studies. 

 

Kids’ Stuff 

Now is a great time to talk with your kids about what church is—the community of Christ, not a particular building.  This week’s craft gives you a way to do that.   There is also just a fun dress up activity for the kids.   

Who is the Church Craft  and Instructions 

Honor your parents activity  

 

Previous Links 

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference. 

 

Weekly Lectionary 

Daily Lectionary 

Bible Gateway Reading Plans 

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours 

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen 

Breath Prayers 

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth , by Walter Brueggemann 

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun 

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher  

Blog on Prayer Labyrinths  

St. John’s Bible 


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Spiritual Homework May 6

 

Hello, church!  

I hope that you are all doing well and staying healthy, but if not please do let us know so that we can keep you in our prayers and help however we can. In this weeks spiritual nourishment I am again asking you to fill out the servant profile form, and I have given you a link to the St. John’s Bible, which is a resource that I treasure deeply. I hope you find it as inspiring as I do. Along with these, there’s some great resources for your kids and some recurring suggestions and resources.  

Peace, 

Chess 

P.S. Do you have a child who should be graduating high school or college or technical school right about now, but ceremonies have been cancelled due to COVID-19?  We’d like to honor them in an upcoming ACOC newsletter. Send their name, school, and degree earned (if applicable) – and a photo! – to  Scott Brunner at your first opportunity. 

 

Servant Profile 

If you have not yet filled out a servant profile form please do so ASAP. This form will revolutionize how we serve together as a church simply by helping us keep better track of who is willing. I promise it is a short and painless form that won’t take up a lot of your time. Thanks to those of you that already have and thanks in advance to those of you that are going to click on the link now and fill it out! 

 

This week’s Memory Verse  

I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.  – John 10:9 

I hope that you will spend time reflecting on this verse this week, letting it become a refrain to your prayers, scripture reading, and meditation. As you do continue to ask yourself where you need to be, whether in the pen or out for pasture. Spend time in prayer asking God where you should be and how to get there. 

Sunday Worship Discussion Questions 

 

Worship for May 10, 2020 

Scriptures: Ps 31:1-5, 15-16; John 14:1-14; Acts 7:55-60; 1 Pet 2:2-10 

Question for Reflection: Is the “dwelling place” (John 14:1–14) of which Jesus speaks a place for    us after we die, or does it include our life in the present? What does Jesus mean when he says that his disciples “will do greater works”? What does it mean to pray “in Jesus’ name”?  

 

St John’s Bible  

The St. John’s Bible is a modern masterpiece. It was created by monks in the same style, and with the same tools as ancient manuscripts. The end result of decades worth of work is one of the most beautiful Bibles I have ever seen. Handwritten and illuminated, this copy of the Bible is a visually stunning and inspiring way to read scripture, which is important. For many of us, reading scripture can feel like a chore, but if we can find a way to read scripture that is more inspiring and enjoyable then we find reading scripture can be easier and transforming. The St. John’s Bible is an option for reading scripture that may be just the inspiration you need. You can see it virtually here and you can order volumes or prints from their site here. I hope that you take the time to look at this Bible, perhaps even finding your favorite verses and reflecting on them. The website also offers a lot of information on the making of the text and its history that I think many of you will find interesting.  

 

Kids’ Stuff 

 

Previous Links 

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference. 

 

Weekly Lectionary 

Daily Lectionary 

Bible Gateway Reading Plans 

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours 

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen 

Breath Prayers 

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth , by Walter Brueggemann 

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun 

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher  

Blog on Prayer Labyrinths  


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Spiritual Homework April 29

April 29, 2020

Hello, church!

This week I have included the servant profile form, another resource from The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, some information about our weekly worship, a link to a unique and worthwhile speech this Friday at Harding and resources from Linda for your children. I hope you take the time to work through all of this information, but more than that, I hope that you are taking care of yourself spiritually during this quarantine. I hope you are well, and I pray for you often. Please let me know if there is anything that you need.

Peace,

Chess

Servant Profile

Yesterday, the Elders sent out an email with a servant profile form for you to fill out. It is important that we not only attend church but that we also be church. If there is anything that we have learned from quarantine and COVID-19, it is the importance of being church. Please take the time to read the email from the Elders and to fill out the form so that when we come back from quarantine we can continue our work of being church together.

This week’s Memory Verse

“He had been known to them in the breaking of the bread.”  – Luke 24:35

This verse is the culmination of the road to Emmaus story and the focal point of this week’s word of encouragement video. We see Christ in our communion practices of bread and drinking the fruit of the vine, which is something I think artist Sieger Koder captures well in his painting of the last supper, which I’ve linked here for you to see. In the painting, Christ’s shadow is a cross over the bread and his face is reflected in the cup. Take a look at the painting, and let me know what other ways you see Christ.

Prayer Labyrinths

There is a very old tradition of walking labyrinths while you pray. In many old cathedrals you will even find a labyrinth mapped out on the floor as you enter. There is nothing magical about walking a labyrinth, but they do take time. I often hear that time, or the lack of time, is a hindrance to prayer. Therefore, walking a labyrinth while you pray makes sense as it requires intentional time set aside for prayer. You have to find a labyrinth, go there, and take the time to walk it. It will be hard to justify going to a labyrinth during quarantine, but perhaps you could find or make your own. Turn your neighborhood, yard, or garden into its own maze and walk it while you pray. For more on this, I again recommend The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook and its entry on prayer labyrinths, which I’ve copied and linked here.

Worship Discussion Questions

Each week we send out an order of worship that all of our small groups can use at their discretion. Some groups use all of it and others use some. Part of what we send out is a set of discussion questions that relate to the theme and scripture readings that go with the order of worship. In an effort to help you better prepare for worship, I will start including these scripture readings and discussion questions here for you to review before your time of worship.

Worship for May 3, 2020

Scriptures: Ps 23; John 10:1-10; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Pet 2:19-25

Question for Reflection: Acts 2:42–47 describes what life was like in the early church. How do these words guide today’s church?

Maikon Speaks at Harding

On Friday, May 1st, at 11am Eastern time, Maikon Borba will be delivering his senior speech at Harding University (via Zoom), and you are invited to watch.  Arlington first met and fell in love with Maikon many years ago as he came from Brazil to DC as a young adult to work as a nanny.  The whole time he was here he spent his free time volunteering with our youth program—an experience that helped him formulate a dream of sharing Christ to Portuguese speaking people.  After many years back home in Brazil teaching English as a second language, he decided to pursue that dream.  As a church we have helped support Maikon and his wife Tati as they trained in Bible and missions at Harding.  We will continue to support them as they move to Miami and open a mission to the large Brazilian community there. Please join us in supporting Maikon by attending virtually this speech at Harding.

https://zoom.us/j/862112912

Kids’ Resources

https://www.arlingtonfamily.org/10-things11276-application/

https://www.arlingtonfamily.org/lord-made-heaven-dino-image/

https://www.arlingtonfamily.org/t-rex-image/

 

Previous Links

Below are the links to resources I have mentioned in previous emails for your continued reference.

 

Weekly Lectionary

Daily Lectionary

Bible Gateway Reading Plans

Phyllis Tickle’s, Divine Hours

The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen

Breath Prayers

Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth, by Walter Brueggemann

The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

The Discernment of Spirits and workbook by Timothy Gallagher


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