Surrender – Moment of theSacred

Moments of the sacred sign

Karen Money

I was able to hear this song for the first time through Pray as you go , a number of years ago. The words are very thought provoking and meaningful, enhanced with a haunting melody that captured my heart.

I felt it was an appropriate song for during lent to meditate upon. This was the only way I could find it, click on link and listen. I was not able to find on YouTube.

 

https://www.shazam.com/track/56007649/surrender

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It is about yielding, to a new way of thinking, or a new practice out of the norm. Taking a step out from the usual routine, of our daily life. Trusting that God knows the way for you, knowing what you need to do, to take you to the next level in your relationship with God.

We have to ask the Holy Spirit to give us the courage to take the step out of the ordinary.

I have an inclination toward creative thinking from an  introvert point of view. I lean toward self reflection easily, and self evaluation. I have a practice of journaling my thoughts and insights from spiritual writings, and enjoy the writing process.

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I’m  easily inspired to draw designs. doodling is a therapeutic practice for me, and  within a paper folded cross, adds another element for me. I’m sharing this video and theses reflections, to possibly nudge you to try something different, to get out of your normal practices. This may help you to surrender to the creativity that I believe is in us all. To be a co-creator with God, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Give it a try you may find it beneficial and fun.

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Maunday Thursday Prep & Research

I was asked to help design a Maunday Thursday service at my church and it struck me that I don’t know a lot about that traditional practice having been in more non – denominational churches in resent years.

The following findings are websites that looked interesting to me as I researched. They may be helpful for other peoples in the same place as me, looking for resources for a Maunday service. I hope this can be of help for other people as they go through worship design planning.

http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2015/04/five_things_to_know_about_maun.html

“The Thursday before Easter is known as either Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday. Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command,” and refers to Jesus’ commandment to the disciples to “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Reformed Worship

http://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-1988/maundy-thursday

http://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-2015/painting-lenten-journey

http://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-2015/ever-ancient-ever-new

The above  paining by Fr Sieger Köder, I have loved for years, and stumbled across again, when researching. I first came in contact with this artist when I was on a mission trip in Latvia and Lithuania and love this artists work. Sadly, I discovered when research that he passed away 9th February 2015.

http://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/fr-sieger-k%C3%B6der-rip


https://eatprayloveliturgy.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/meditation-on-sieger-koders-washing-of-feet/


Feet washing


Tenbrae

Tenebrae

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http://www.kencollins.com/answers/question-39.htm

The word ‘tenebrae’ is Latin for shadows. The purpose of the Tenebrae service is to recreate the emotional aspects of the passion story, so this is not supposed to be a happy service, because the occasion is not happy. If your expectation of Christian worship is that it should always be happy and exhilarating, you won’t appreciate this service until the second time you attend it.

http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/tenebrae-a-service-of-shadows/

The service of Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Once a service for the monastic community, Tenebrae later became an important part of the worship of the common folk during Holy Week. We join Christians of many generations throughout the world in using the liturgy of Tenebrae.

Discipleship ministries 1

https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/a-service-of-tenebrae

Good Friday Service

http://www.togetherweserve.org/good-friday-service-of-taize-and-tenebrae/


http://www.thisischurch.com/christian_teaching/lectionary_bible_notes/specialfestivals/maundythursday.htm


Taize

http://www.taize.fr/en_article10308.html?letter=A


Old North UMC Taize service Maunday


Taize Atlanta

https://taizeatlanta.me/2016/03/22/pilgrimage-of-trust-in-st-louis-2017/


Re worship

https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/05/songs-from-taize-for-pentecost.html

https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/02/maundy-thursday-call-to-worship.html

https://re-worship.blogspot.ca/2012/02/maundy-thursday-resource-index.html


http://lectionarysong.blogspot.com/2015/03/songs-hymns-and-music-for-maundy.html


Come on the Journey with Me!

Experience the Divine through sacred exercises, over the next few weeks there will be an invitation given, to allow any who desire an opportunity to have an encounter with God.

Beginning with the first exercise in Sacred Seeing.

Let’s take this moment to draw close to God, to have a special time set aside to be with God. This is like a tryst having an appointed time, quality time, that is made so as to be alone with the Lord. Now listen to the music selection. Close your eyes if this will help you, take a few deep breaths and listen, then watch and sing along if you know the song, listen to the words and reflect on what you are saying to the Lord through the song.

Window, seeing, looking.

Seeing: Sit or stand to look out a window, viewing and taking notice of your neighborhood. The above video is my favorite view from my home. Take a moment to take -in your surroundings and see with new eyes, take notice of the trees, animals, birds, and people at their activities. Enjoy the moment, just as I did when watching the evening come to an end.

View a photo or painting.

Look at a photo you or a friend have taken or view a painting in your home or at a gallery. View, ponder, and reflect on what you see, the symbolic meaning and what the image may be saying to you at this very moment.

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View With New Eyes!

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The moments of the sacred can be hidden in plain sight, blinded from us, because of the ordinary mundane routine of life. The sacred is there to be found, but it begins with putting on new glasses, viewing with new eyes, when we look through a new lens, with practice, we will begin to see more clearly. (Like a new glasses prescription, the eyes have to adjust to the new lenses)

As a song states: ‘I can see clearly now the rain has gone.’ We get caught up in our daily funk, the grind of going through the motions, caught in our life’s storms, at times our life issues don’t clear, the rain downpours even more. It is like we have our own personal rain cloud dampening our spirits, we are wet and soggy being weighed down more, trudging through the muddy puddles.

We have to hold onto hope that this too will pass, like weather changes, the seasons change, and our circumstances will change. It is waiting them out, has God given us these feelings, experiences, to teach us a life lesson, to help us grow spiritually? I like this following quote; it states how I feel at times, possible you will resonate with it also. “In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.” From Harry Potter and the cursed child, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne, page 258.

Do I live in the season to long; we are in the season of Lent when I’m writing these thoughts? The question I asked myself, am I in this season of Lent all the time?

God! “we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” 2Chron 20:12b God knows what to do with me, with you. We at times cannot comprehend the long-range vision of our God. But we must take confidence in the fact if God is for us who can be against us. God always works for our good and His glory (Romans. 8:28). We must have faith, hope, and love. Trusting that these attributes, and when we are lacking details, having confidence, that things are being worked out in our lives, to give honor and glory to God.

We have, to begin with, this end in mind, think about what the outcome will be, we have to choose to look for God in every moment of our lives. May our prayer and our eyes be on you, Lord. Let us have the vision, the goal, and keeping before us the purpose that results in visualizing where God is in our motives and desires. Let us keep God before us at all the times. Doing everything as unto God and not man. At times, we can only see partially and don’t see the full picture, feeling blind to the workings of God.

It is because Gods ways are higher than our ways, how can we comprehend God’s ways fully with our finite minds. It’s about entrusting our lives into the hands of God and allowing our eyes to be opened, receiving illumination and inspiration from the one who can give us all we need. We have to overcome our aversion to the regular. Asking why and what might I miss out on from the Lord, what might it cost you? To look for a glimpse of the sacred as we encounter God in work, rest, and play. Everything is not a chore to be done, but an opportunity to encounter God in everyday routines and in the ordinary things of life. It is about finding sacred meaning in the ordinary, so as to experience God and be surprised by the encounter in the simple small, sometimes insignificant events of life. Taste and see that the Lord is good, and allow God to help you see and attain your greatest purpose. Redeem the time

We have to overcome our aversion to the regular. Asking why and what might I miss out on from the Lord, what might it cost you? To stop and look for a glimpse of the sacred, we might encounter God in work, rest, and play. Everything is not a chore to be done, but an opportunity to encounter God in everyday routines and in the ordinary things of life. It is about finding sacred meaning in the ordinary, so as to experience God and be surprised by the encounter in the simple small, sometimes insignificant events of life. Taste and see that the Lord is good, and allow God to help you see and attain your greatest purpose. Redeem the time

Everything is not to be seen or viewed as a chore to be done, but an opportunity to encounter God in the everyday routines of life, through the ordinary things of life. It is about finding sacred meaning in the ordinary, so as to experience God and be surprised by this encounter. Having a childlike curiousity, finding joy in the smallest, in the simple small, sometimes insignificant events of life. Taste and see that the Lord is good, and allow God to help you see and attain your greatest purpose. Redeem the time

Taste and see that the Lord is good, and allow God to help us see and attain your greatest purpose. Redeem the time we have lost and not have an aversion of the ordinary. Look at life with new eyes.

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Mirror Talk from the mirror of Mark Condy

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I was only going astray on paths that lead nowhere!

How submissive to God am I? Do I surrender to God? Or am I more rebellious than I want to admit!

In obedience “welcome whatever fits His [Gods] will for your life, and turn away from all that does not.” – InTouch Devotional Charles Stanley

“Believers who make a request and submit to God’s will always get an answer: yes, no, or wait.”   – InTouch Devotional Charles Stanley

The Lord does not disappoint those who seek His will. We might feel temporarily let down when something we hoped for is not in God’s plan. But God does not go back on His promises from the Bible. Delighting to give his children what is best.   – InTouch Devotional Charles Stanley https://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/daily-devotions

All of God’s promises are yes, and Amen, in Christ Jesus.

But how often do I actually say yes to God? Do I actually submit to the will of God for my life?

What value do I place on my relationship with God?

Do I value God’s will above my own?

Am I following more my will, rather than God’s will being done on earth, as it is in heaven?

It is about fulfilling the eternal purpose of God for my life!

I’m more resistant than I want to think, more rebellious than I want to admit!

The big I gets in the way, preventing service to God. “Service is love made manifest” – Maharishi Sadashiva Isham

There are times I do struggle to find this God given purpose, of worship and love of God above all else in my life. Distractions of the world, and the big I, get in the way, these are Independence, and Individualism, these prevent service for God. It is about denying me, learning to delay instant gratification, deny my fears, and overcoming my selfishness, by not pushing away the things I dislike, because of personal comfort.

The very things I’m not comfortable being about, these are necessary for my growth. I need to push through my comfort zones and pursue my passions, as daunting as they may be. Fearful of failure, or uncertain of the next step to be taken, should not hold us back.  It is continually being in the refining process, yielding to God. By doing this, it  allows the precious to surface, the gold nuggets of insight. It is under-pressure or  being put in intense heat, that the diamond cut and polished, or the precious treasure surfaces. But these treasures needing to be unearthed, digging, effort, a process of God’s shaping, being in the hand of the master artisan. It is push through to the reward, to be about fulfilling the desires that God has placed in my heart, in your heart, some of these gifts may have lay dormant because of the lack of use, or being avoided because of fear.

Asking the question of God, what have you sown in my life that needs to grow into its full potential? So as to go to the next level; enter our greatest purpose and potential.

Bring back to remembrance the very things you have given me to fulfill, that I have forgotten!

“As long as I kept fleeing the living springs, God had set in the hollow of my being, run as I might across the earth, far very far; I was only going astray on paths that lead nowhere. A joy in God was impossible to find. But the time came when I discovered that Christ had never left me.” – Seeking the heart of God reflection on prayer by Mother Teresa and Brother Roger

But we have to take confidence in the Lord from the scriptural promises given.

Proverbs 3:5-7New International Version (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.[a]

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.

Proverbs 16:1-7New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

16 The plans of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight,
But the Lord weighs the [a]motives.
[b]Commit your works to the Lord
And your plans will be established.
The Lord has made everything for [c]its own purpose,
Even the wicked for the day of evil.
Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.
By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for,
And by the [d]fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil.
When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

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We need the nudge of the Holy Spirit to evaluate if you / I are heading in the right or wrong direction. If we feel we have gone astray, begin to realign yourself with God again, stop running the treadmill that is going nowhere. When we persist on going on the wrong path we become dissatisfied, miserable, and disconnected from the blessing of God. It is a daily choice of connection and relationship with God and each other, as rules without relationship lead to rebellion.

Continue to believe in faith that God is leading our lives every step of the way. Let us continue to trust and have confidence, with the knowledge that God knows the way for you and me and that is enough. It is about going forward, taking a step, and we will be told what to do.

Acts 9:6 Amplified Bible (AMP)

now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

request

http://request.org.uk/issues/ultimate-questions/

 

My Latest Coloring Book

 

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I’ve had a love of the Celtic Cross ever since I was shown how to make this cross with the folding of a sheet of paper by a friend. This has also created a fascination for further knowledge about the Celtic people. The way that their designed knot work interweaves gracefully including the symbols of their faith and belief, using animals, and biblical stories, within beautifully illuminated text, or in the high crosses seen in grave yards and at key sites throughout Europe and the U.K.

At first glance Celtic designs look so intricate and beautiful. I later discovered the complexity of the design when I try creating my own Celtic crosses. I love the process of doodling within the confinement of the paper folded cross I start designing within it and look forward to see what unfolds.

The Journey of our lives is much more like this process, more than we realize, or want to admit as we wait to see what unfolds. We are a work being shaped with the careful touch of the Creator. This is a joint work of The Triune One, the three have begun a good work in us and are faithfully shaping and molding us into the vessel that has been discussed and envisioned before the beginning of time.

I like to believe and imagine that I walked side by side with God, before I was a twinkle in my mother’s eye. God and I looked together at all the possible outcomes of my life, and out of all the possibilities, choose one that we both desire and delight in together.

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It is a heart issue, and the embracing of the Trinity, plus allowing the unfolding of the the desire and purposed role, this becoming our delight, fulfilling our destiny.

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Here is a sample of the content of the coloring book.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/mark-condy/a-journey-with-the-celtic-cross/paperback/product-22964183.html

marks-treasury-of-celtic-christian-spirituality

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Giving Tuesday 2016 — The Contemplative Activist

This is a group I have looked into before and would like to research further

You’ve heard of Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber-Monday. Today, Tuesday November 29th, is Giving Tuesday. A day set aside during the hustle-n-bustle of the holidays to focus on the truer meaning of Christmas. Today, we’re asked to focus not on getting, but giving; making a generous contribution to one or more of the many […]

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