JULY & AUGUST 2019
"Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.' He said to them, 'When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.'"
(Luke 11:1-4, NRSV).
I hope you are enjoying the midst of summer and those activities that often involve reconnecting with family, friends, and the outdoors. Maybe for you that means socializing and movement and maybe for others some much needed peace and quiet. If you are like me your routine has changed a bit. Remember through the wild ride of summer to take time for prayer.
Praying is a counter cultural thing to do. I often think of it as the ultimate act of subversion. Even if our time or physical location are beyond our control, prayer is always an option. We can pray while working, before and after activities like meals, upon waking or going to bed. We can pray the offices in our prayer book or for the households in our neighborhood when we go out for a walk. I invite you to take the prayer list home from the weekly bulletin and pray through the names of those who have asked us to pray for them. There are a myriad of prayers like the one Jesus taught his disciples above that recollect for us God’s constant presence. Through his words and example Jesus emphasized the value of prayer. His disciples noticed this and asked him to teach them how to pray.
Here are some prayer tips. If you are uncomfortable with praying, try to imagine having a conversation with your best friend. Like most things, praying becomes more comfortable with practice. Someone once taught me the ACTS framework for prayer which can be a helpful jumping off point. ACTS is an acrostic for prayer elements.
Acclamation – Thank God for God’s being God! Since God is God and we aren’t, we don’t have to shoulder the weight of the world.
Confession – Acknowledge our short-fallings. Again, this means we can throw off the weight of our sins and accept forgiveness. We can start over!
Thanksgiving – Thank God for all the blessings of this life, even when they are challenges. Thanksgiving cultivates a heart that sees good and God’s presence in a world that tends to run on negativity.
Supplication – Offer specific prayers and intercessions for concerns of the world. Again, this can mean giving God our worries and which frees us for fuller life.
With God’s help then we can walk our prayers. Prayer is the engine for our work as Christians. Our attempts to love our neighbor are best accompanied by prayer rooted in loving our Creator. Prayer guides us in loving God and our neighbor. Without prayer, even our attempts for social justice fall short.
As I said earlier, I hope you are enjoying the blessings of summer, but as many of us know, “summers lease hath all too short a date.” In the blink of an eye it will be fall. Here are some important items to be aware of (and pray about) in terms of our church event calendar.
August 25-31 – Vicar’s vacation
September 8 – Ministry Fair. A few ministries will present information about their ministry after church. Godly Play returns for the fall also on this date.
September 15 – Vicar at Credo Conference
September 21 – Diocesan Liturgical Ministries Training at St. Francis Wilsonville 9am – 3pm.
September 24 – Worship Discernment Meeting
October 5 – St. Bede Liturgical Ministers Training (re-scheduled from June). 9am-12pm (in church nave)
MESSAGE FROM OUR VICAR
We strive to know Christ more deeply and bring others to his redeeming grace.
ST. BEDE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1609 Elm St. Forest Grove, OR