Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 111

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Nathan Gutzmann

The Passion - Hillsong Worship
O Praise the Name (Anástasis) - Hillsong Worship
My Jesus I Love Thee - [Hymn Arrangement] by William R. Featherston and Adoniram Judson Gordon
Another In The Fire - Hillsong United

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy

Who You Say I Am - Hillsong Worship
Jesus All For Jesus - by Jennifer Atkinson and Robin Mark (Commons Worship Arrangement)
Peace Be Still - The Belonging Co
God I Look To You - Bethel Music

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WORSHIP ELEMENT
Eucharist Invitation

Written by Bobbi Salkeld 

Ritual is a part of our everyday lives. We begin the day with ritual: the ringing of an alarm, the brushing of our teeth, the brewing of great coffee.

Daily rituals place us in the world, set us up for the day, develop children as they grow. Communion - the Eucharist meal - is ritual, too. 

As we take part in the sacrament handed down to us through the centuries, we are shaped by this ritual.

A table that includes friends and enemies.
Grains and grapes crushed to provide sustenance.
The elements ingested to remind us that Christ lives in us.

Hear this invitation:

This is the table of God,
We are gathered to this meal,
A foretaste of things everlasting.
Come, when you are fearful, to be made new in love. 
Come, when you are doubtful, to be made strong in faith. 
Come, when you are regretful, and be made whole.
Come, old and young,
There is room for all.

PRAYER

Loving God,
We thank you that you nourish us at the Eucharist table - 
A table where all are welcome,
A table where you transform our brokenness into beauty, 
A table that turns away violence and insists on grace. 
We pray for those who hunger and thirst -
May we all be filled in every good way by you.
Come, Holy Spirit
Empower us with your love
Inspire us with your life.
AMEN.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday, August 11, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 130

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy

Stand in Your Love - Bethel Music
Jesus All For Jesus - Commons Worship Arrangement] by Jennifer Atkinson and Robin Mark
Peace Be Still - The Belonging Co
God I Look To You - Bethel Music


MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert

The Passion - Hillsong Worship
Holy Spirit - Bryan and Katie Torwalt
Good Grace - Hillsong United
King Of My Heart - Bethel Music Arrangement by John Mark McMillan and Sarah McMillan

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Prayer of Confession
Written by Scott Wall

As part of our liturgy today, we are invited into a moment of confession.
This practice has a long history in Christian spirituality — a tradition in which we are invited to intentionally tell the truth to God, to ourselves, and perhaps to each other.
In a moment, I will lead us in brief confessions of pain and dislocation that might be present here.  
And then we will conclude with a confession of hope.
At the end of each section, we will take a brief pause, where I invite you to speak the truth in your own heart, from your own story, and to consider the words and images that might be lying just beneath the surface, perhaps naming what’s overwhelming you, some weight you’ve brought with you.
In this practice, we affirm our trust - however fragile - that we are known, and that we are seen, and that we are heard.

So let us pray.

Loving God
We choose to be still now. We take a breath. We focus our attention -
And we acknowledge that you are present to us. 
And in this space, we choose a posture of openness.
Where we don’t hide, and we don’t pretend,
Where our spiritual practice is rooted in where and who we are right now. 

And we confess our pain -
In our bodies, in our minds.
The ways others words have hurt us - the ways we’ve been careless with our own.
The ways we’ve been disappointed or let down - the ways we’ve failed others, and ourselves.
We name these now, in quiet honesty…
[pause]

We also confess the ways we might be dislocated on our journey.
In our emotional health, in a key relationship,
In how we work too hard, or we avoid what needs to be done.
In our pursuit of a perfect version of ourselves, or a version that is actually someone else’s.
In the rhythms and habits that have pulled us far from what’s best.
We name these now, in quiet honesty…
[pause]

And in this space, we confess our hope -
That the darkness we feel will lift.
That the weakness we know will fade.
That the beauty of this life would come and stir our hearts again.
And - that Truth would expose those whose power is a destructive force in the world.
That Love would hold the broken and restore those who feel they are lost.
And that Grace would find its way to us - our homes - and to all who search for it today.

We ask in the name of Christ,
Amen.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 51

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Brad Knibbs

Who You Say I Am - Hillsong Worship
Forever Reign - Hillsong Worship
Great Are You Lord - All Sons & Daughters
What a Beautiful Name - Hillsong Worship

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy

Raise a Hallelujah - Bethel Music
Come Thou Fount - Robert Robinson and John Wyeth
How Great Is Your Love - Phil Wickham
King Of My Heart - John Mark McMillan and Sarah McMillan

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WORSHIP ELEMENT
Ancient Prayer

The Christian tradition includes thousands of prayers that inspire our faith and help us to grow.
There is a story about a prayer written by Saint Francis of Assisi. Just two years before he died he climbed a mountain to worship. Saint Francis wrote a blessing on one side of the parchment to Brother Leo, his most loved disciple. On the other side of the parchment he wrote the prayer I will read today. It is a prayer of praise.
And as I read the prayer, I encourage you to take a second to dwell on one part that stands out to you. 

Let’s lift up our hearts to God.

You alone are holy, Lord God, you do wonderful things. 

You are strong. You are great. You are the Most High. 

You are Trinity and Unity, O Lord God, all goodness.

You are good, all good, the supreme good,

Lord God, living and true, 

You are charity and love. You are wisdom.

You are humility. You are patience.

You are serenity. You are peace. 

You are joy and gladness. You are justice and self-restraint. 

You are our wealth, our treasure, and our satisfaction. 

You are beauty. You are mercy. 

You are protector. You are our guardian and defender. 

You are strength. You are refreshment. 

You are our hope. You are our trust. 

You are our delight. You are eternal life,

Great and wondrous Lord,

Almighty God,

Merciful Saviour. 

Amen. 

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sunday, July 28, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 145

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Jesus Culture - Revelation Song
Phil Wickham - How Great Is Your Love

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Commons Worship - Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Bethel Music - Goodness of God
Hillsong United - Good Grace

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COMMUNITY PRAYER OF DELIGHT
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

Summer can feel disorienting, especially if you’re going through a tough time. 

There’s more light in a day than your life may contain. People are resting, playing, vacationing and you may not have much of that. There are parties, barbeques, and festivals, all of which may feel out of reach for you. 

But today, as we prayerfully hold the needs of our community, we consider the delight that is on offer - even in a bleak time. Delight is in tough times, too. It’s hiding out in a moment. It’s quiet and easy to miss. 

Please join me in this community prayer of delight, where we focus on the everyday gifts of the Giver. Let us pray.

Loving God, guide our reflection as we 
Think back on this past week - 
To a moment where food tasted good,
To a gentle breeze that caressed our skin, 
To the sound of children playing, laughing, just being in a moment 
To laundry blowing beautifully on a line, 
To fresh-cut grass, to bike riding along the river, to the smile of someone we love
O God, give us minds that tune in to delight. 

Now, we pay attention to this present moment - 
To our bodies automatic functions, 
To the part where there is no pain, 
To the way our breath feels on our lips, 
To the longing in our hearts for peace, 
To the strangers and friends around us who want so many of the same things we do,
O Jesus, show us our humanity enlivened by delight. 

Finally, we anticipate the future - 
To the possibility of something good, 
To the care we’ll take just being alive, 
To the relationships we will work on so they can flourish, 
To the prayers we will hold in the quietest parts of our hearts, 
To the gardens we’ll tend, the meals we’ll eat, the kindness we’ll show one another, 
O Spirit, weave through our lives with the persistence of delight. 
AMEN. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 36

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Commons Worship - Be Thou My Vision
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
HIllsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - Stand In Your Love
Bethel Music - Goodness of God
Commons Worship - Be Thou My Vision
Bethel Music - Reckless Love

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RESPONSIVE READING
Written by Bobbi Salkeld
In this season of the church calendar known as Ordinary Time, you are invited to find God in your everyday, ordinary lives. 

It might not be miraculous, it might not be magnificent, it might not be monumental. But, God is there in simple pleasures, friendly faces, and tiny bits of beauty. 

Please join me in this responsive reading, where we consider the love of God that is near to us all.

When we are told 
That we have nothing to offer
That we are not perfect enough
That we do not belong 
Let us trust 
We are loved by God, the source of all good 

When we are told
That our struggle defines us
That our sin gets the best of us
That our suffering is all we can know for sure
Let us trust
We are loved by God, the source of all good

When we are told
That we are alone
That we are abandoned
That we are afraid of all that is different
Let us trust
We are loved by God, the source of all good
AMEN

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 91

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Bethel Music - Shepherd
Bethel Music - Goodness of God
Phil Wickham - Living Hope
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Phil Wickham - Doxology
HIllsong Worship - Cornerstone
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah

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LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Today we gather with mindfulness that this week held National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Commons acknowledges Calgary as the traditional territory of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Ĩyãħé Nakoda First Nations, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations. Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

It is a privilege to gather in this place.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday, June 16, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Romans 5

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Nathan Gutzmann
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Commons Worship - I Exalt Thee
Hillsong Worship - Beautiful Name

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
All Sons & Daughters - Come Thou Fount
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah

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FATHER’S DAY PRAYER
Written by Scott Wall

As part of our liturgy on this Father’s Day, we are invited to consider the ways in which our stories have been shaped by fathers, dads, mentors, and friends. In this community we acknowledge that, for some gathered here the sentimentally that swirls around us all and the use of this word ‘father’ bring reminders of pain, loss, or longing in our lives. We acknowledge too that, for others the celebration of fathers is a welcome opportunity to offer thanks and appreciation to those we cherish. From each of these places, we are invited to receive the revelation that Christ brought to us. That God as Father is fiercely loyal to the lowly and broken…that he searches for and welcomes home those who find themselves lost…that his great force of Love is actually for us. Holding these things, I invite you to pray with me before we continue…first in statements of thanksgiving, and then in a series of petitions. As I pray I invite you to be present to these simple words and to find joy and solace in God’s embrace.

Oh God, Creator and Father from all eternity. Our lives proceed from you and we confess that we are your children. For fathers everywhere, who have given us their time and affection…for those who balance their work, relationships, and personal weakness with integrity…we give you thanks.

For fathers who have adopted children…For those that have shaped lives without claim of family or kinship…For those who have taught us, guided us, and molded us…we give you thanks.

For new fathers, full of hope. For long-time fathers, full of wisdom.

For the fathers yet to be, and fathers soon to be.

God, we give you thanks.

And with grateful hearts we pray…

For fathers who parent alone…God grant them strength and wisdom.

For fathers who struggle with temptation, darkness, or addiction. We ask, gracious God, be near.

For fathers who grieve their absent children, those who have lost a child…or those who long for a child…Gracious God, be their comfort.

For those who grieve the loss of a father…who care for an ailing parent…and those who long for reconciliation or restoration with their father…God, bring them your lasting peace.

And finally, we remember fathers who helplessly watch their children suffer and die because of famine, drought, disaster and war. Oh great God…let your kingdom come, and may your mercy be great.

These things we pray in the name of Christ, God the Son, who reflects your goodness and teaches us to trust your fathering heart.

Amen.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 103

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Nathan Gutzmann
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah
Brian & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit
Bethel Music - It Is Well
Bethel Music - Goodness of God

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah
Commons Worship - I Exalt Thee
Brian & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

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RESPONSIVE READING
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

Today is Pentecost Sunday - a day in the church calendar to mark the end of Eastertide and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

And Pentecost is a great story.

After Jesus’ ascension, the first followers gather and wait. For what, they’re not too sure. But then, a sound surrounds them. It’s the sound of wind and it fills the house. They themselves are filled with the Spirit and when they speak they are totally understood.

Can you imagine it? Telling your story with your own words and being completely understood. Hearing the story of someone so different from you, and understanding them.

I invite you to engage Pentecost with this responsive reading.

The Spirit of God
Opens us up to our own stories
In our time, in our place
Giving us the wisdom to sense the presence of the Creator
In challenges, in celebrations, and even in the unremarkable everyday

Come Holy Spirit
Draw us into your love
And near to friends and strangers

The Spirit of God
Breaks down walls that entrap us in fear
In our poverty, in our wealth
Giving us the wisdom to sense the presence of the Savior
In differences, in similarities, and even in the tensions that call us to action

Come Holy Spirit
Draw us into your love
And near to friends and strangers

The Spirit of God
Fills up the spaces that are lacking
In our scarcity, and in our plenty
Giving us the wisdom to sense the presence of the Spirit
In emptiness, in fullness, and even in long stretches of numbness

Come Holy Spirit   
Draw us into your love
And near to friends and strangers  
A
AMEN



Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday, June 2, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 139

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Bethel Music - Stand in Your Love
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Phil Wickham - Living Hope

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Phil Wickham - Doxology
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Bethel Music - King of My Heart
Hillsong Worship - Beautiful Name

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COMMUNITY PRAYER
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

Today we engage our imaginations with the story of Jesus’ ascension. It’s the very last sighting of Jesus by his first followers.

Just before the resurrected Jesus disappears from their sight, he says: You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.

After this, Jesus is taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hides Jesus from their sight. (Acts 1:9)

In this short story, we have the disappearance and the appearance of God. The hiding and the finding. The coming and the going.  

So much of our own faith story can relate to this. Moments when we feel God’s nearness, and moments when we wonder about God’s distance.

As we take a moment to hold together the needs in your community, let us imagine a God who both takes up space, and gives up space. And let us find comfort in knowing that God is at work in the going and God is at work in the coming.

Let us pray.

Loving God,
For those who struggle against violence and injustice
For those who long for peace in a place of intense conflict
For those who are in need and don’t know where their next meal will come from, where their strength will come from, where their support will come from

We pray -
In the coming and the going, Creator, empower us.
For those whose bodies fight against them and those who worry about loved ones
For those who have trouble at work, at school, at home, in relationships, in complex situations, in disorienting circumstances
For those whose challenges are without end

We pray -
In the coming and the going, Jesus, remember us.
For those who feel all aloneFor those who have trouble being who they are
For those who feel trapped, separated, defeated, destroyed by forces they cannot control

We pray -
In the coming and the going, Spirit, draw near to us.  
And we hold the words of Christ as we close - You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. Come Lord Jesus, come.
Amen.

Worship Night: Sunday, May 28, 2019

Worship Night: Sunday, May 28, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 23

MUSIC
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - Love So Great
Bethel Music - Raise A Hallelujah
Commons Worship - I Exalt Thee
The Belonging Co. - Peace Be Still
Hillsong United - Oceans
Hillsong United - Good Grace
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name
Phil Wickham - Living Hope
John Mark McMillan - How He Loves

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THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father,
who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sunday, May 26, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 57

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Commons Worship - I Exalt Thee
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Bethel Music - Heaven Come

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
Hillsong Worship - O Praise The Name
Bethel Music - Goodness of God

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THE LORD’S PRAYER
Introduction by Bobbi Salkeld

Since the earliest years of the church, the Lord’s Prayer has deeply shaped prayer, worship,
direction, and theology.

The point of the Lord’s Prayer is never to limit our prayer but to open up the potential of our prayers.

Maybe you grew up with the prayer; maybe you didn’t.
Maybe you’re growing up with the prayer right now.

As we pray together, may the words of the Lord’s Prayer shape us in profound ways -
reminding us of God’s infinite care and compassion. Please join me in praying together.

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 103

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Nathan Gutzmann
Hillsong Worship - Who You Say I Am
Bethel Music - Goodness of God
Commons Worship - I Exalt Thee
Phil Wickham - Living Hope

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin & Alyssa Borst
Phil Wickham - In Christ Alone
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit
Phil Wickham - How Great is Your Love
Bethel Music - Goodness of God

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MOTHER’S DAY PRAYER
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

Today is Mother’s Day. And there is no way to name all of the experiences we have with this noun: mom.

For some of us … mom is a word filled with love, safely, and joy. And sure, you likely know that your experience with your mom is not perfect, but you also know it is deeply good.

For others … mom is a word filled with tension, or longing, or heartbreak. Maybe your own relationship with your mom is fraught, or you live with the loss of your mom, or you’ve struggled with fertility or issues with pregnancy. We believe that our prayers can hold all of this.

Together let’s offer a prayer in 3 parts:
First, celebrating moms,
Second, praying for each other,
Third, resting in the palm of our parenting God.

Let us pray:

For all of the ways we have been mothered well – through moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers, friends, and mentors,

Jesus, we give you thanks.

For those who welcomed new life this year, who expanded their role as mothers, who deepened their connection with the children in their lives,

Jesus, we give you thanks.

For those who are in the trenches of parenting, who are working so hard to feed, teach, nurture, and shape children and youth while juggling so much more,

Jesus, we give you thanks.

For those who have lost a mom, grandma, or a child this year, we grieve.

Holy Spirit, be our comfort.

For those who experience distance from moms, who cannot have children of their own, who have redefined motherhood for themselves as something bigger than giving birth,

Spirit, be our comfort.

For moms in need of encouragement, strength, and support,

Spirit, be our comfort.

The prophet Isaiah (49:15-16) said that God is like a super-mom.

That God’s children are never forgotten.

In Isaiah, God says, “See, I have written your name on my hand.”

Holy One, you keep us close, you keep track of us, and you never stop loving us.

God, parent us with your love.

For all needs mentioned and those that go unnamed,

God, parent us with your love.

May you infuse all of our mothering efforts with grace and bless those in need of your mothering care today we pray, God, parent us with your love.
AMEN.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sunday, May 5, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 30

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Clint Siebert
Hillsong Worship - Forever Reign
Bryan & Katie Torwalt - Holy Spirit
Chris Tomlin - Good Good Father
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Justina Gendy
Bethel Music - This Is Amazing Grace
Commons Worship - Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Bethel Music - Heaven Come
All Sons & Daughters - Great Are You Lord

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Vision Sunday: Sunday, April 28, 2019

Vision Sunday: Sunday, April 28, 2019

CALL TO WORSHIP
Psalm 5

MUSIC: INGLEWOOD PARISH
Curated by Nathan Gutzmann
Hillsong Worship - The Passion
Bethel Music - Goodness of God
Commons Worship - Be Thou My Vision
Bethel Music - King of My Heart

MUSIC: KENSINGTON PARISH
Curated by Kevin Borst
Phil Wickham - Doxology
Bethel Music - God I Look To You
Phil Wickham - How Great is Your Love
Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name

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REFLECTIVE PRAYER: VISION
Written by Bobbi Salkeld

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time looking at images of other people’s lives. Maybe it’s on Instagram or Facebook, or it’s simply what we notice when we watch the people around us live their lives.

And before we know it, we’ve got more visions of others in our minds and imaginations than we have of ourselves.

Today is vision Sunday and while we consider the Easter vision of resurrection and the vision for our Commons community, let’s pause for a moment to consider the vision we have for our own lives.

Contemplating vision is a mix of reflection, imagination, and prayer.

So I invite you to consider one aspect from your life - your key relationship, your work, your understanding of yourself, and ask: what is God giving me a vision for in this part of my life?

Maybe it’s a vision for patience and forgiveness in relationships.
Maybe it’s a vision for endurance and creativity in your work.
Maybe it’s a vision for getting help and saying “no” in your self-care.

Vision comes before action.
And God is with us in the stillness and in the stirring.

I’ll give you some time to reflect on personal vision, maybe jot something down in your journal, and then I’ll close with a short prayer.

Loving God,
You created the world and everything in it
You know our stories, our hopes, and our frustrations
In this moment of reflecting on vision in our lives, and how you are present, may we trust that you are with us
And all things find their belonging in you, AMEN.

KATE’S COMMONS STORY

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 21, 2019