Sunday, June 7
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Liturgy

A Net for Catching Days

A Net for Catching Days

Liturgy, Rituals, spiritual practice
I've been feeling pulled toward liturgical worship recently, and I couldn't figure out why. I grew up going to a Southern Baptist church only occasionally.  I don't think I even heard the word liturgy until seminary. Even then,"liturgical" was a synonym for "BORING." When I saw this quote this week, it all started to come together . Maybe I'm drawn to the idea of structure in worship. Structure is God's way of catching me. I've felt lost without work because I don't have any structure in my days. I don't have too little time--I have too much time. I need to create a routine to find God. When I do, God will catch me. One of my favorite things about blogging here is that there's a day each week you can find me. I find you every Sunday, and in that connection, we can find God together. ...
Finding New Spiritual Practices To Inspire Me

Finding New Spiritual Practices To Inspire Me

awareness, Challenge, Church, community, Compassion, contemplation, faith, Liturgy, mindfulness, solitude, spiritual practice, spiritual practices, Spirituality
I'm working on a new spiritual practice for my life--actually a few new ones. In my book collection I've been intrigued by several titles lately. Poetry as Spiritual Practice, How the Light Gets In: Writing as Spiritual Practice, and Create Your Personal Sacred Text: Develop and Celebrate Your Spiritual Life , I've also been longing for the ritual of the Book of Hours. I have very little routine to my days and nights--as I've said to other people, I feel like I go to an unsupervised kindergarten! My friend Jamie Wright Bagley taught a course on the Book of Hours last year--I hope she'll do it again. Here's a link to a Book of Hours that Jamie did for herself. Thomas Merton's Book of Hours is on my list, along with Macrina Wiederkehr's Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the ...
Environmental Inspiration

Environmental Inspiration

Liturgy, spiritual practice, Spirituality
I am currently on a Celtic Prayer Retreat led by Christine Sine of Mustard Seed Associates (msainfo.us) We had a lovely morning prayer moment this morning with the prayers of the people litany which Christine Sine wrote. It speaks to an environmental justice as part of God's Kin-Dom. Upon all farmers, market gardeners, foresters and all who work the land, Lord, have mercy, Upon ranchers, zoo keepers, veterinarians and all who work with animals, Lord, have mercy, Upon ranchers, zoo keepers, veterinarians and all who work with animals, Lord, have mercy, Upon all fisherpeople, sailors and those who work at sea, Lord, have mercy, Upon all whose homes are destroyed by tsunami or earthquake or hurricane, Christ, have mercy, Upon all whose land has been spoiled by drought or flood or war, Chris...