CALL TO WORSHIP
Together, we gather to be present to the God who is already present to us.
However you are joining us, we encourage you to participate in the work of God today as He speaks and leads us. Wherever you are, God is already present and at work all around us. Let’s join Him!
OUR SCRIPTURE READING
This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns
away from the Lord.
That person will be like
a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity
when it comes.
They will dwell in the
parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.
“But blessed is the one
who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree
planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
“I the Lord search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”
Jeremiah 17:5-10 NIV
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities that may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From The Book Of Common Prayer
QUESTIONS AND PRACTICES
1. What do you need to receive from God in this season?
2. What has been your experience with silence and solitude? What about it feels life-giving, what feels intimidating?
3. Where have you already been receiving from God in this season?
Solitude And Silence.
Slowing down and simply being in the presence of God can be difficult. But for thousands of years, the fathers and mothers of the faith have used disciplines of solitude and silence to still their hearts and listen. Here’s some great resources to help!