Thought for the week; point to ponder

 Journeying with God and a Rule of Life
Very often when I preach I mention where we might or might not be on our respective journeys of faith. When people share with me part of their faith journey, it is always a real privilege to hear of how God moves in so many different and mysterious ways.
As we consider new ways of journeying with God and deepening our discipleship, this might be the moment to consider adopting a personal ‘rule of life’. However, the very word ‘rule’ can be off-putting; it smacks of ‘rules and regulations.’ But far from being something restrictive, developing a Rule of Life can be immensely liberating. A Rule of Life can help us to live our Christian life more purposefully. It captures the values and doctrines by which we aspire to live.
It offers a framework around which our Christian character can take shape. For many developing a Rule for Life is an important aid on their spiritual journey. It is a means of developing meaningful, realistic ‘holy habits’; setting aside focused time for personal worship and reflection. As we all tend to be creatures of habit, it seems a good idea to make those habits the best that we can.

Creating a ‘rule of life’ that suits you is important. It is not meant to be a rigid experience, but should honour the uniqueness with which each one of us is created.  It might not be something you have ever considered before, but the taster evening is open to all who simply want to know more and are open to fresh ways of meeting with God.

 Pause for thought:

Man says, ‘Show me and I’ll trust you.’
God says, ‘Trust me and I’ll show you.’

Spirit of peace, move among us. Breathe trust that relies on your presence when we see and when we don’t see. Breathe honesty that acknowledges our doubts and questions. Breathe hope and forgiveness for the sake of community with you and others.  Amen.

‘Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.’  Martin Luther King Jnr

‘Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.’

‘Your faith can move mountains and your doubt can create them.’

The Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing, put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you or laid aside for you,
exalted for you or brought low for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty,
let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
 to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.                Amen

Almighty and loving God, may we live a holy life that mirrors your goodness and kindness. May we become compassionate as you are, full of mercy on each one of us.  May we become more generous and kind to those who are in most need and are helpless.  Amen.