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

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Putting Faith into Practice

 

Aaron Niequist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 6th, 2018

 

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Grace Point Church

 

Here’s my heart, Lord Here’s my heart, Lord Here’s my heart, Lord Speak what is true

 

God of Light, from Whom nothing is hidden, Lover of my soul, Who desires only what is good, Draw me into Your healing gaze,

For I squirm before the fear of facing You, of hearing You,

Of being seen and known such as I am.

Speak, Lord, when Your servant is too busy to listen.

For I cannot stop. No, I refuse to stop my commotion In motion wrought by an overly busy brain.

Yes, my eternal soul longs to rest in Your radiance, And yet I resist You, Lord of my longing,

Choosing familiar habits, well trod paths, Short cut choices that wed me to — Perpetual pain in a game with no gain.

Please speak, Lord, Your servant must learn to listen.

 

Here’s my heart, Lord Here’s my heart, Lord Here’s my heart, Lord Speak what is true

 

Stop me grace-fully, Lord!

Open my ears to the song of Your Voice, Redirect my gaze from myself to Yourself, From my thiefdom to Your kingdom,

From who I am to who You create me to become.

Please speak, Lord, Your servant is praying to listen.

Bend my will away from my rejections & projections To Your oh-so- gentle persuasions.

Draw me to rest in Your gaze, naked without shame,

To trust in Your call and accept my wholly imperfection,

Being seen – known – called gently by my name, Forever loved – by You!

Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening.

 

Here’s my heart, Lord Here’s my heart, Lord Here’s my heart, Lord Speak what is true

 

Come, Thou fount of every blessing Tune my heart to sing Thy grace Streams of mercy, never ceasing Call for songs of loudest praise

Teach me some melodious sonnet Sung by flaming tongues above Praise the Mount, I’m fixed upon it Mount of Thy redeeming love

 

Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by Thy help I’m come.

And I hope by Thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger wandering from the fold of God He to rescue me from danger interposed His precious blood.

 

O to grace, how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be Let Thy goodness, like a fetter

Bind my wandering heart to Thee

Prone to wander, Lord I feel it Prone to leave the God I love

 

Silence.

(Holy Space to notice and name any ways I have wondered from God this week.)

 

 

ASSURANCE

Receive God’s assurance from Psalm 103:

“I am compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. I will not always accuse, nor harbor anger forever; I will not treat you as your sins deserve or repay you according to your iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so high is my love for you. As far as the east is from the west, so far have I removed your sins from you.”

 

Here’s my heart, O take and seal it Seal it for Thy courts above

(repeat)

 

 

Prayer for the World

 

 

Here’s our world, O take and heal it May Your will be fully done

(repeat)

 

 

 

 

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THE EXAMEN

A daily practice to become aware of God’s fingerprints in our everyday lives.

 

 

Invitation Gratitude Review Listen

Look Forward

 

 

 

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(notes)

 

step one

Inviting the Holy Spirit’s Guidance

 

 

“The Sign of the Cross” Fr Michael Sparough, SJ

 

 

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step two

Review the day in thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God, I thank You for _______________

Thanks be to God!

 

 

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

 

step three

Review the feelings that surface

 

 

In God’s presence, journal through your last 24 or 48 hours. Take special notice of the emotions that rise up -- both positive and negative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

step four

Choose one feeling and pray from it

 

 

Spend a couple minutes expressing this feeling to God; then stop and listen to what God might want to say in loving response.

 

 

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step five

Look forward to tomorrow

 

 

Loving God, as I look forward to the future in hope, I humbly ask for...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take my life and let it be

All for you and for your glory Take my life and let it be yours Take my life and let it be

All for you and for your glory Take my life and let it be yours

 

Guided Prayer

Postures of offering our whole lives to God.

 

 

Hands Voice Eyes Heart

 

Take my life and let it be

All for you and for your glory Take my life and let it be yours (repeat)

 

Glory to God, Glory to God Glory to God forever (repeat)

 

 

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Reflections

 

 

Next Steps

 

 

 

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Closing Prayer

 

 

 

 

 

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The Prayer of Examen

Find 15 minutes in your day and review the last 24 hours using the prayer of examen.

 

one. Position your body in a posture of attentiveness, but not rigidity – feet flat on the floor, sitting up straight so you can breathe freely. Take three deep breaths, breathing in God’s blessing and breathing out all that is not of God (your fear, your anxiety, your anger).

Pray this simple prayer, “In your grace, Lord,

I want to see the truth of my life through your eyes. Please reveal it to me.” Breathe in God’s blessing and breathe out all that is not of God.

 

two. Review the day with thanksgiving. Once you have invited the Holy Spirit’s guidance, name the blessings for which you are thankful in the last 24 hours. As you do this, remember, this is not a time to “count

your blessings,” but rather a time to savor your blessings. As you savor your blessings, picture Jesus before you, smiling and delighting in you.

 

three. Review the feelings that surface. Now ask yourself what feelings surfaced throughout the last 24 hours. Did you feel frustrated? Ashamed? Disappointed?

Excited? Joyful? Pained? Name the negative and positive feelings.

 

four. Choose one or two feelings & pray from it. Choose a negative feeling and a positive feeling and simply talk to God about those feelings.

Then listen to him. As you do this, go ahead and let God surprise you. Behold Jesus beholding you as you present your feelings to him.

 

five. Look forward to tomorrow.

Now, look forward. Tomorrow is a new day and God’s mercies are new each morning. Ask yourself what you learned today in your prayer of examen and then end your time by asking God for the grace you need

to move forward tomorrow.

 

Examen Prayers

 

God, I believe at this moment I am in Your presence and you are now loving me.

Come Holy Spirit.

 

God, I acknowledge Your love for me in the various gifts for which I am very grateful.

Thanks be to God.

 

God, help me to review the events of this day in order to recognize You in all parts of my life.

Lord, I want to see.

 

God, please forgive me the times I have fallen short and strengthen my attempts to follow You.

Lord have mercy.

 

God, enlighten me that my future choices praise, reverence, and serve You above else.

Show me Your way.

 

Our Father.

 

 

 

 

 

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Resource

A New Liturgy No 6: The Examen

(25 minute recorded Examen liturgy)

 

anewliturgy.com

 

 
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