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Church Rhythms: The Pace Of Grace - Putting Faith Into Practice

Church Rhythms

Speaker: Aaron Niequist
Date: May 06, 2018

There's quite a difference between hearing and doing. What makes faith genuine is not just believing, but practicing what we believe. Join us on Sunday, May 6th for a free lunch at 12:30pm and a Development Class led by Aaron Niequist entitled "Putting Faith into Practice" from 2-4pm as we unpack and practice the Prayer of Examen together. Come discover how worship practices are both expressive and formative!

-“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matt 11:28-30, MSG)

 

 

Practice One (expressive practice):

 

-Gratitude

 

-QUOTE -“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and God has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence isa grace, for it brings with it immense graces from God.

“Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” (Thomas Merton)

 

 

-Holy space to notice God’s goodness in my life and respond with gratitude.

 

-Bless the Lord, O my soul

O my soul

Worship God’s holy name

Sing like never before

O my soul

I worship Your holy name

 

 

-Hands in a posture of gratitude

 

Bless the Lord, O my soul

O my soul

Worship God’s holy name

Sing like never before

O my soul

I worship Your holy name

 

 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Praise Him all creatures here below

Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Amen

 

 

 

Practice Two (formative practice):

-“You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Matthew 5:43–45)

-“To you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:27–31)

 

-Photo of global enemies

 

-Lord have mercy

Christ have mercy

Lord have mercy

Christ have mercy

 

 

-Photo of President Trump and Nancy Pelosi (or Clinton)

 

 

 

-Lord have mercy

Christ have mercy

Lord have mercy

Christ have mercy

 

 

-Photo of silhouette

 

 

 

-Lord have mercy

Christ have mercy

Lord have mercy

Christ have mercy

 

 

-Bless the Lord, O my soul

O my soul

Worship God’s holy name

Sing like never before

O my soul

I worship Your holy name

 

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