The Practices 2013

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We believe we need a recovery of sorts. We have already begun talking about it.

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Contemporary culture has pushed us to think that public life is mostly structured (show up on time, fill your obligations, do your job), but private life is mostly unstructured (free time to use as you see fit). What happens then when spiritual life is relegated to the unstructured part of life, to our private “off work” world where there are few obligations? Well, it tends to exist in emotional spurts, through momentary impulses. It tends to lose focus. You know what I am talking about.

And so the recovery we need: the wisdom of basic spiritual practice. Over the past few seasons, we have been repeating some ancient wisdom: if you want to be different, you must do different. Grace is not only a gift; grace is also a way of being. Grace is the life we are called to enter, the life of form and formation.

Over these past few seasons, we have talked a lot about spiritual formation, how our spiritual identities are shaped through sustained commitments to gracious practices: practices of time like honoring sabbath, practices of stewardship like generous giving, practices of self-forgetfulness like service, practices of attentiveness like prayer.

In this series we intend to focus on three specific areas of faith practice: spiritual relationship (especially that of friendship), worship (what it means to properly value God), and the Eucharist (the practice which anchors the heart of our Christian understanding).