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Sermon – Our Call to Break Down Walls – 6 October 2019

Today is World Communion Sunday. As we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we are also receiving the Denomination’s Peace and Global Witness offering. The theme of unity in our diversity is more important than ever before. This picture reminds me of the peace that can be found in creation. It can refresh and recharge our batteries as we seek to be witnesses to God’s peace in the world today.

First Reading – Ephesians 2:14-18

Second Reading – Luke 24:28-31

Sermon – Our Call to Break Down Walls

Evening Prayer – 11 October 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

What a day, Lord

Walking around Louisville

Seeing sights and enjoying time with friends who are family

Discovering the Thomas Merton Center

Then a long evening of flight delays

A late night drive up the mountain

Winding down after the long day

Now as my eyelids grow heavy

I lift this humble prayer to you

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Bloodlines – Jake Owensby

Well said, Jake!

Gracie was around ten weeks old when we adopted her. We had gone looking for an older dog, not a puppy. An abandoned or discarded former pet less likely to be welcomed into someone else’s home. But that’s not how things worked out.
— Read on jakeowensby.com/2019/10/11/bloodlines/

Evening Prayer – 11 October 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

A long day of travel

Much time spent stalled on the highway

Praying that the accident victims are okay

Then some incredible time at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemane

Time spent pondering the wisdom of Brother Louis (Thomas) Merton

A wonderful evening with family you choose

Or rather, family whom God chooses for you

Now as my eyelids grow heavy

I lift this humble prayer to you

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre../

Thomas Merton’s Prayer

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton – “Thoughts in Solitude

Asceticism – Christine Valters Paintner

“Asceticism does not ring well in modern ears . . . Yet there is still great wisdom to be discovered in the conscious choice to live with less. There is a profound gift in the invitation to ask ourselves what the things that distract us from God are.”

 Christine Valters Paintner, PhD Water, Wind, Earth, & Fire: The Practice of Praying with the Elements

Stillness – Christine Valters Paintner

“The invitation of our inner monk is to live in this counter-cultural way, to recognize the depth is stillness.”

 Christine Valters Paintner, PhD The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom