John Wesley, the force behind the United Methodist Church (at least the Methodist part of the church name - the United comes from the United Brethren, but that is another posting!), developed what he called "Class Meetings" where folks would come together, and check in with each other. He, being an enlightenment man, had a list of 21 questions to ask (see below). I am thinking that instead of Witness Wednesday, we would borrow from Wesley and have a moment where we check in using the comments or just inside our head. Our questions will be easier than Wesley's longer list! (And please let me know if you like this rather than the traditional story sharing).
Share: Share where you have had an awesome experience of the Divine and where you have felt the most distant.
Witness: Speak to seeing the handiwork of G*d in the world.
Account: What do you want to work on over the next week or so? Develop new habits or end old ones.
Pray: Request prayers for joys and concerns.
Share: I felt the closest to G*d last night during evening prayer and communion in the detention center. Simultaneously, I felt the furthest as one of the detention volunteers was quite difficult.
Witness: Over the weekend, I spent time at St. Placid Priory in Lacey. Witnessing G*d's handiwork in the amazing fall colors lifted my heart.
Account: I need to work on ensuring my daily spiritual practices are also done in a timely fashion so I am not rushing.
Pray: Prayers for S. as he is reincarcerated. For T. as she is also back in detention. Prayers for freedom from addiction for so many youth. Prayers for pain relief for me and a friend, @blessed_harlot and all those in pain. Prayers for those in the Philippines.
1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
3. Do I confidentially pass onto another what was told me in confidence?
4. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work , or habits?
5. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
6. Did the Bible live in me today?
7. Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?
8. Am I enjoying prayer?
9. When did I last speak to someone about my faith?
10. Do I pray about the money I spend?
11. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
12. Do I disobey God in anything?
13. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
14. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
15. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?
16. How do I spend my spare time?
17. Am I proud?
18. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisee who despised the publican?
19. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I going to do about it?
20. Do I grumble and complain constantly?
21. Is Christ real to me?
Wesley’s Band Meeting Questions:
1. What known sins have you committed since our last meeting?
2. What temptations have you met with?
3. How were you delivered?
4. What have you thought, said, or done, of which you doubt whether it be sin or not?
5. Have you nothing you desire to keep secret?
Reference: John Wesley’s Class Meetings: a Model for Making Disciples,
by D. Michael Henderson, Evangel Publishing House, 1997, pp. 118-9