Friday March 5th – Andy Anderson — March 5, 2021

Friday March 5th – Andy Anderson

Lectio Divina

Acts 8: 27-39

Today’s Questions:

  • How can we reach out for our own sake to ask for help and companionship during our spiritual journeys in life?
  • How can we help and accompany others for the same?
  • How does the Holy Spirit nurture our relationships?

Please answer the questions or add your thoughts in the comments section below.

Check back on Sunday, March 7 for a new Introductory Video from Vicar Jonathan on the next spiritual practice we will be focusing on during Week 3 – Meditation.

Thursday March 4th – Jessa Anderson-Reitz — March 4, 2021

Thursday March 4th – Jessa Anderson-Reitz

Lectio Divina

Mark 5: 1-19

Today’s Questions:

  • Why do you think the people are afraid when they see their community member, who is no longer suffering?
  • Has an encounter of something that you can’t explain ever left you feeling afraid?

Please answer the questions or add your thoughts in the comments section below.

Check back tomorrow to be guided through Lectio Divina one more time from a member of SPR.

Wednesday March 3rd – Tim Iverson — March 3, 2021
Tuesday March 2nd – Jim McGowan — March 2, 2021
Monday March 1st – Sarah Matala — March 1, 2021

Monday March 1st – Sarah Matala

Lectio Divina

Acts 8:27 – 39

Today’s Question:

  • I wonder what things we miss observing, seeing, or hearing in our everyday interactions with people and nature. Where can you find the promise of baptism in everything that you do?

Please answer the question or add your thoughts in the comments section below.

Check back tomorrow to be guided through Lectio Divina with a different member of SPR.

Week 2: Introduction — February 28, 2021

Week 2: Introduction

Lectio Divina

Sunday February 28 + The Second Sunday in Lent

Lectio Divina is an ancient practice that was done regularly in monasteries beginning in the 6th century. It recently has gained popularity due to Vatican II and the resurgence of the contemplative practices in Christianity. This practice truly engages scripture as the living word.

This Week’s Devotion From Lenten Years Past

The gospel text for this Sunday, Mark 8:31-38, is pivotal to Mark’s gospel. In the verses immediately before this text, Peter rightfully proclaims Jesus is the Christ — God’s anointed savior. In the 1995 Lenten Devotional, beloved member of SPR, Evelyn Stampley, reflected on Jesus’ response and the cost of following him.

What does it cost to follow Christ? The question has been pondered by many people of this generation as well as those of generations past. Does the answer to this question change with the passing of time? I think not!

According to Mark 8:34, the Phillips translation, “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Profound are the implications of these words recorded in Mark 8:34. I can not belong to myself and follow Christ. I am held in reserve for him; for his service. It is as if I must bear the stamp of his approval through all of life. I must somehow be steadfast in my ability to step in the footprints made by him: I must walk through the pain of conflict; through rough places to difficult to tread, I must focus ahead. I must forgive those who misunderstand me and reject me as they perceive me to be.

What does it cost to follow Christ? Can anyone fully measure the cost? I suspect that for each of us, the list continues.

Evelyn Stampley

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