Monthly Archives: February 2012

A Lenten Thought #4

What a challenge!

“It’s a gift to joyfully recognize and accept our own smallness and ordinariness. Then you are free with nothing to live up to, nothing to prove, and nothing to protect. Such freedom is my best description of Christian maturity, because once you know that your “I” is great and one with God, you can ironically be quite content with a small and ordinary “I.” No grandstanding is necessary. Any question of your own importance or dignity has already been resolved once and for all and forever.”

― Richard Rohr

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A Lenten Thought #3

‎”Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. Everything passes away except God. “

–Julian of Norwich

Lord, I pray that today I let nothing so temporary as the “cares of the day” disturb my love for you.

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A Lenten Thought #2

A Lenten Prayer

Almighty God,
by the prayer and discipline of Lent
may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings,
and by following in his Way
come to share in his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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A Lenten Thought #1

Prayer for Today

O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

G W Tozier

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The Retreat – A Worship Time

A time of silence, contemplation, prayer and Holy Communion that seeks to employ the use of symbols and Sacrament to draw us closer to God.     

Wednesdays at 6:45 P.M.

 As one enters the sanctuary at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Wednesday evening, the setting is peaceful. A Gregorian chant is playing softly. Candles have been lit and they brighten the front section around the altar. A handful of worshipers are already in their seats, waiting quietly or praying. Rev. Irvin Boudreaux greets others, St. Luke’s members and visitors, at the front door as they arrive, moving away from the bustle of Canal Boulevard and busy affairs in the city to enjoy a serene, brief time of spiritual renewal.

 At St. Luke’s Wednesday Contemplative Worship service, called “The Retreat”, a quiet time begins at 6:30 p.m. for those arriving early. The service begins at 6:45 p.m. and lasts about a half hour. The mid-week gathering features Scriptural readings, times of silence for prayer, a brief sermon by Rev. Boudreaux that expounds on the Scripture readings, the taking of Holy Communion and more time for quiet reflection. At several points the service is enhanced by the playing of Taizé or Gregorian chant music that has long been a feature of certain Christian worship experiences around the world.

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John Wesley Fast

English: Portrait drawing of John Wesley, foun...

English: Portrait drawing of John Wesley, founder of Methodism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is the “John Wesley Fast?
Each Thursday evening, after the evening meal, until mid-afternoon on each Friday, Methodist people are invited to follow Wesley’s example of fasting and prayer. During this time he did not take solid food but fasted and focused much of his time in prayer.

What is a fast? 
Normally persons do not use solid food, but continue with liquids during such a short but regular fast.

Who is invited to participate in the “John Wesley Fast?”
John Wesley expected the “preachers” to participate, and he wanted all of the Methodist leaders and people to follow this discipline.

Why this pattern?
Methodist people are invited to discover the power in this regular pattern and discipline that John Wesley followed for a half a century. For Wesley, the more important reason for fasting was that fasting is a help to prayer.

During this Lenten season let me suggest that we all observe the “John Wesley Fast” as a Lenten discipline.

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