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. 




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 


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