To pray…

July 30, 2008

“To pray, I think, does not mean to think about God in contrast to thinking about other things, or to spend time with God instead of spending time with other people.  Rather, it means to think and live in the presence of God.  All our actions must have their origin in prayer.  Praying is not an isolated activity; it takes place in the midst of all the things and affairs that keep us active.  In prayer a ‘self-centered monologue’ becomes a ‘God-centered dialogue.’” Henri Nouwen, Clowning in Rome: Reflections on Solitude, Celibacy, Prayer, and Contemplation.

This Sunday we begin three weeks of Pray.  Aside from the regular Sunday morning services, all are invited to gather in our building for a time of evening song and prayer this Sunday evening, August 3rd, beginning at 7pm.  It will be a time to pray together through contemplative singing, hearing scriptures read, silence, spoken prayers, and candle lighting. 

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One Response to “To pray…”

  1. a cousin twice removed Says:

    the trinity is an interesting concept in many areas to me..one of which is prayer after prayer comes being receptive to god’s direction ..meditation..and after that should properly come service ..
    pms so to speak:)
    the good kind

    and this parallels i kinda think… faith hope and charity…
    we pray in faith that god will speak to us in our meditations of our heart and expect god to always give us hope where we might not be able to see it..as with abraham in romans 4..
    Rom 4:16 Therefore it is of faith that it may be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those of the law, but also to those of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
    Rom 4:17 (just as it is written, “I have appointed you a father of many nations”) before God, whom he believed, the One who gives life to the dead and calls those things which are not as though they were;
    Rom 4:18 who, contrary to hope, on hope believed, so that he should become a father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”
    Rom 4:19 And not weakening in faith, he did not consider his own body, already having been worn out (being about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb,
    Rom 4:20 he did not waver at the promise of God in unbelief, but was empowered by faith, giving glory to God,
    Rom 4:21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to do.
    Rom 4:22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
    Rom 4:23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was accounted to him,
    Rom 4:24 but for us also, to whom it was going to be imputed, those believing on Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,
    Rom 4:25 who was delivered up for our transgressions, and was raised for our justification.


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