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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