Listening for God Word's through prayer, scripture, and reflection

Following Jesus involves maintaining a posture of openness towards the presence and activity of God. To do this, Christians align themselves to God through prayer, patiently look for God’s healing presence in the world, and engage with scripture. These practices acknowledge that God works today and has throughout human history. When engaging with Christian scriptures, it is helpful to recognize how particular cultural and historical contexts shaped them, while also recognizing that they were informed by the divine presence. There is a tendency to mishandle scripture, either by ascribing to it infallibility or by letting its fallibility dissuade us from engaging with it. Recognizing that God’s presence inhabits forms that are less than perfect frees us to find God woven throughout all of life
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Pulpit Fiction Podcast

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Convergence Network

Pulpit Fiction Podcast: Lectionary Podcast for Preachers, Seekers and Bible Geeks

Robb and Eric met in class at Eden Theological Seminary, got to know each other while playing volleyball on Eden's church league team, and became friends after the games over pizza, wings, beer, and Police Trainer at Smugala's.  

Robb and Sarah and Eric and Nina spent almost every weekend together while they were in seminary, and are still able to get together every once in awhile.  This picture was taken over Thanksgiving weekend, 2013.  They share a common passion for justice, mercy, and an abiding love for Jesus.  They also a share a love for good scotch, the Bears (we won't talk about baseball), Anchorman, The Office, and Star Wars.
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Matthew 19:26 Artwork

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Franklin Fong

Matthew 19:26

Beautiful artwork by Father Franklin Fong and the Franciscan Friars of Santa Barbara illustrating Matthew 19:26 — "With God all things are possible."...

Parker Palmer: FIVE HABITS OF THE HEART

COMMENTARY  |  Living Lectionary

Parker Palmer Five Habits of the Heart
http://www.couragerenewal.org/habitsoftheheart/
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CELTIC CROSS

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Living Lectionary

Philosophy and Worship by James K. A. Smith

WORSHIP  |  Living Lectionary

Litanies and Prayers- Ken Sehested

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Living Lectionary

Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Worst Resurrection Story

WORSHIP  |  Living Lectionary

John 21:1-14

http://www.crosswalknapa.org/blog/2017/4/28/the-worst-resurrection-story

The Resurrection Story can be told in many ways. ...

Breathed to Breathe

SERMONS  |  Living Lectionary

John 20:19-25

http://www.crosswalknapa.org/blog/2017/4/23/breathed-to-breathe

You are loved by God, animated by the very breath of God to carry you through, so that you may breathe life into people and situations where death threatens in myriad forms. 
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Jesus and HomoSexuality

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Living Lectionary

Gen 2:20-25, Romans 1:18-27, 1 Timothy 1:10, Leviticus 18:22 20:13

http://www.crosswalknapa.org/blog/2017/3/11/jesus-and-homosexuality

Think about this statement: Loving, covenanted, same-gender sexual expression can be compatible with being a committed follower of Christ....

The Woman Behind Textweek

WORSHIP  |  Living Lectionary

https://www.faithandleadership.com/woman-behind-textweekcom

Faith of a women that made a difference when her son had Autism

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans

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Interdependence Day Independence Day

SERMONS  |  Living Lectionary

Deuteronomy 10:17-21; Psalm 145; Hebrews 11:8-16; Matthew 5:43-48

http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/stw/2013/06/13/independence-day-2013/

Interdependence Day and Independence Day

Independence Day, let’s also think of it as “Interdependence Day”; a day when we celebrate not only being free from unjust rule but also a day when we commit ourselves anew to extending liberty and justice to everyone who seeks it, without partiality.
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Sustaining Hope in the Face of Climate Change

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Living Lectionary

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/sustaining-hope-face-climate-change

Climate Change Video with three different Protestant Churches...

Blessing When the World is Ending

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Living Lectionary

http://paintedprayerbook.com/2016/07/18/blessing-when-the-world-is-ending/

Artwork By Painted Prayers Jan Richardson
Beautiful artwork and creative ideas for ministry...

Blessings For Getting The News ArtWork

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Living Lectionary

http://paintedprayerbook.com/2016/07/27/blessing-for-getting-the-news/

Artwork and Poetry "Grace In The Dark"
When we get news from someone, death or other, this artwork touches a sweet place for the heart. Jan Richardson- poem as well. ...

TEACHING GUIDE TO VIOLENCE- FRANCE

SMALL GROUPS  |  Living Lectionary

Psalm 10

https://faithelement.net/nice-france-teaching-guide/

A teaching guide and Resource on violence that had happened in France
Great Questions and How to discuss the Violence. ...

Listen: Episode 1—Finding Your Cave

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

The first episode of Darkwood Brew's Listen series looks at many ways that the voice of God speaks to us, and explores things we can do to strengthen that connection. From meditation and music to study and social action, Listen looks for the voice of the spirit… and finds it active in surprising places....

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OTHER RESOURCES  |  Darkwood Brew

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SERMONS  |  Eric Elnes

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