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Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 19, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

2/19/2018

Centering Prayer: A Prayer by St. Anselm of Canterbury Teach me to seek you, and reveal yourself to me as I seek;  for unless you instruct me I cannot seek you, and unless you reveal yourself I cannot find you. Let me seek you in desiring you; let me desire you in seeking you. Let me find you in loving you; let me love you in finding you.  Scripture: Today’s reading is from Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 (NRSV) 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am...


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 18, 2018

2/18/2018

Centering Prayer:  Sit quietly for a couple of minutes and ask God to be with you in this time of prayer and meditation as you seek to encounter him genuinely. Use the words of Samuel as a breath prayer as you gently breathe in and out and say, “Speak Lord, for your servant your name is listening (1 Samuel 3:10). _______________________________________________ Try the Lectio Divina Method to hear from God through scripture First Reading: Your first reading is an opportunity to get to know the ...


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 16, 2018

2/16/2018

Centering Prayer: Sit quietly for a couple of minutes and ask the Holy Spirit to be with you in this time of prayer and meditation as you seek to genuinely encounter God. Use the words of Samuel as a breath prayer as you gently breathe in and out and say, “Speak Lord, for your servant your name is listening (1 Samuel 3:10). _______________________________________________ Try the Lectio Divina Method to hear from God through scripture First Reading: Your first reading is an opportunity to get to...


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 15, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

2/15/2018

Centering Prayer: Sit quietly for a couple of minutes and ask God to be with you in this time of prayer and meditation as you seek to encounter him genuinely. Use the words of Samuel as a breath prayer as you breathe in and out and say, “Speak Lord, for your servant your name is listening (1 Samuel 3:10).   Scripture: Today’s reading is Genesis 9:8-17 (Common English Bible) 8 God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9 “I am now setting up my covenant with you, with your descendants, 10 and ...


Lent: Our Journey to the Cross begins

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

2/14/2018

Ash Wednesday Centering Prayer: Sit quietly for a couple of minutes and ask God to be with you in this time of prayer and meditation as you seek to encounter him genuinely. Use the words of Samuel as a breath prayer as you breathe in and out, quietly repeat, “Speak Lord, for your servant your name is listening (1 Samuel 3:10). Scripture: Today’s reading is from the Prophet Isaiah 58 (Common English Bible) Shout loudly; don’t hold back; raise your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people ...


Where do we go from here?

Lay Servant Ministries

2/6/2018

Lay Servant Ministry has traveled many miles in the past few years – a journey that has taken laity from a dependent, minor role in the mission of the church to recognition as a major player in making disciples. Lay Servant Ministry has moved into a leadership role in making disciples that make disciples. In order to meet the standards established by 2012 General Conference, we created and/or strengthened the district director positions and the district LSM committees in all districts in the ...


Assess your soul as you start the new year

Lay Servant Ministries

1/23/2018

The beginning of each new year is a time when I pause to do a “how is it with your soul” assessment. It is the opportunity to reflect on the precious gift of God’s grace and an opportunity “to start again” with a fresh slate by, along with God, erasing the past year’s hurts, failures and sins and to commit anew to realigning my priorities as I seek to be faithful in living into the journey of becoming the person God calls me to be.   Earlier this month, a blog by retired Bishop Kenneth Carder ...


Monsters in the dark

Lay Servant Ministries

11/29/2017

Ephesians 5:8-10 The Message (MSG) You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true — these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it. Does anyone like the darkness? Do we imagine all kinds of scary things in the darkness? Monsters under the bed? When I was a girl, my mom would ...


In Layman's Terms: Discussion with a moderator for the Commission on a Way Forward

Todd Seifert

10/27/2017

I used to think there was no more thankless job in all of The United Methodist Church than that of district superintendent. Now, I think it must be serving as a member of the Commission on a Way Forward. God bless those 32 people, especially the three bishops serving as moderators, who agreed to take on such a heavy load. That thought really hit home for me Oct. 26 when I took part in a conference call with approximately 40 communications professionals from annual conferences and other United ...


Called to do more?

Lay Servant Ministries

10/24/2017

Feeling a bit underutilized?  Looking for something to do?  Want new ideas for service?   We have this cat (well, actually, my stepdaughter has) that is in the habit of coming in wherever I am several times a day and either jumping up in my lap or laying down beside me within easy reach. When I rub him, he sounds as if he'd swallowed a chainsaw and looks up at me with such gratitude in his eyes that I can't help but keep rubbing him – usually longer than I really want to. Every Tuesday morning I...


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