Jesus Creed Formation 6

We are reflecting on the Jesus Creed as Jesus’ way of spiritual formation

Hear O Israel, the Lord our God.
The Lord is One.
Love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
Love your neighbor as yourself.

Formation

The society of the Kingdom of God is a society that pursues justice because its people love both God and others.

Exercise 1

These are words of Jesus on spiritual formation.
Over the month of September: read – memorize – recite – reflect on these words daily.
Bask – sit in his presence and his love. Learn that love. Trust that love.
Take a few (or many) minutes to prayerfully read the Jesus Creed.
Allow this reminder of what we are called to be and do, shape our thinking and our actions.

Exercise 2

Think about how understanding justice includes both restitution and restoration. Jim Wallis wrote “faith works”. What are some of the ways this can look like?

Listen

Listen to what God is saying about justice as defined by the Jesus Creed [Luke 4:16-19; Luke 18:1-8; Matthew 5-7 (The Sermon on the Mount)].

Imagine

Imagine what justice would looklike in our city, province, country and world if it was shaped by the Jesus Creed.

Sept 19 | Kingdom 2

welcome

Church is about more than attending a gathering.
It’s about being a people who belong to God for the sake of others.
It is good that we can gather in-person & worship, including singing.

  • This week we meet as adults
  • & as OCCKids K to Grade 5, Grade 5-8
  • & during the week Jr-High & High School activities

As we can gather in larger numbers in our building, we remind you of a few details

  • You still need to register… the link is available each week on the home page.
  • We need to maintain distancing in our building.
  • We need to still wear a face-covering in our building.
  • At this point, we cannot serve refreshments, but you are welcome to bring your own coffee/tea/water, for the comfort of others, please do not remove your face-covering until you are in your seat.

We will continue to offer our service on-line… that’s right here

As you prepare to watch our service video, we encourage you to take a few moments…

  • get your coffee or tea, settle in, be still…
  • take 2 or 3 deep breaths… in and out… breathe,
  • invite the Lord to make himself present with you as you watch – he is with you – it’s just that often we are not aware that he is.

teaching

Here is the service for Sunday, 19 September.
We are looking at The Kingdom of God
OCCKids (K to Grade 5 & Grade 6-8) is meeting in person

Jesus Creed

We are keeping focus on the Jesus Creed
We encourage you to read – memorize – recite the Jesus Creed

Coming Up

 

 

giving

In this new way of being the church, we don’t practice giving by placing our offering in a basket as it is passed. OCCers are generous people. Thank you for your gifts. You can find all the ways to give here.

 

Jesus Creed Formation 5

We are reflecting on the Jesus Creed as Jesus’ way of spiritual formation

Hear O Israel, the Lord our God.
The Lord is One.
Love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
Love your neighbor as yourself.

Formation

Oen of Jesus’ models for the Kingdom of God is the mustard seed: a seed that grows among the unlikely, from person to person, and among the peaceful and patient.

Exercise 1

These are words of Jesus on spiritual formation.
Over the month of September: read – memorize – recite – reflect on these words daily.
Bask – sit in his presence and his love. Learn that love. Trust that love.
Take a few (or many) minutes to prayerfully read the Jesus Creed.
Allow this reminder of what we are called to be and do, shape our thinking and our actions.

Exercise 2

How are you tempted to see the work of God mostly in the powerful? What are some ways you can the Kingdom of God growing or moving slowly in insignificant ways?

Listen

Listen to what God is saying to you about being mustard seed like in your world.

Imagine

Imagine how you can be a mustard seed in some concrete way in your family, neighbourhood, city, world.

Jesus Creed Formation 4

We are reflecting on the Jesus Creed as Jesus’ way of spiritual formation

Hear O Israel, the Lord our God.
The Lord is One.
Love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
Love your neighbor as yourself.

Formation

The Kingdom of God is the place & society where the Jesus Creed transforms life. God’s Kingdom has arrived in Jesus.

Exercise 1

These are words of Jesus on spiritual formation.
Over the month of September: read – memorize – recite – reflect on these words daily.
Bask – sit in his presence and his love. Learn that love. Trust that love.
Take a few (or many) minutes to prayerfully read the Jesus Creed.
Allow this reminder of what we are called to be and do, shape our thinking and our actions.

Exercise 2

How can the Kingdom of God be seen as the place & society where the Jesus Creed transforms life?

Listen

Listen to the words of Jesus “the kingdom of God is among you” [Luke 17:21]; listen to what this means for your life, as you are open to the kingdom.

Imagine

Imagine a society totally committed to the Jesus Creed.
Imagine what part you would play in such a kingdom society.
Imagine your family life, imagine your neighbourhood and city, imagine the world in that kingdom.
How will you commit yourself, today, to the central source of that kingdom – Jesus?

Jesus Creed formation 3

We are reflecting on the Jesus Creed as Jesus’ way of spiritual formation

Hear O Israel, the Lord our God.
The Lord is One.
Love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
Love your neighbor as yourself.

Formation

The Jesus Creed exhorts us to, first of all, love God and secondly, to love others.

Exercise 1

These are words of Jesus on spiritual formation.
Over the month of September: read – memorize – recite – reflect on these words daily.
Bask – sit in his presence and his love. Learn that love. Trust that love.
Take a few (or many) minutes to prayerfully read the Jesus Creed.
Allow this reminder of what we are called to be and do, shape our thinking and our actions.

Exercise 2

How does the story of the (Good) Samaritan speak to the calling and compassion for others?
Why is sometimes hard to show compassion or to show a “whenever and wherever” love?
Brennan Manning wrote “A loving God fosters a loving people.” What does this mean?

Listen

Listen to the Lord’s promptings as you ponder these things.

Imagine

Imagine some of the possibilities you will face this week.
How will you be a person to lives out love for others?

Sept 12 | Kingdom 1

welcome

Church is about more than attending a gathering.
It’s about being a people who belong to God for the sake of others.
It is good that we can gather in-person & worship, including singing.

  • This week we meet as adults
  • & K to Grade 5
  • next Sunday, we add Grade 5-8
  • & during the week Jr-High & High School activities

As we can gather in larger numbers in our building, we remind you of a few details

  • You still need to register… the link is available each week on the home page.
  • We need to maintain distancing in our building.
  • We need to still wear a face-covering in our building.
  • At this point, we cannot serve refreshments, but you are welcome to bring your own coffee/tea/water, for the comfort of others, please do not remove your face-covering until you are in your seat.

We will continue to offer our service on-line… that’s right here

As we meet let’s remember that…

  • as followers of Jesus,
    we are called to be different and live differently in our world;
  • as followers of Jesus,
    we are called to live lives that are filled with and empowered by God’s Spirit;
  • as followers of Jesus,
    we are called to be signposts, pointers, movie trailers to what the Jesus life is like.
  • as followers of Jesus,
    we are called to live in Christ, free to love, free to be kingdom people.

As you prepare to watch our service video, we encourage you to take a few moments…

  • get your coffee or tea, settle in, be still…
  • take 2 or 3 deep breaths… in and out… breathe,
  • invite the Lord to make himself present with you as you watch – he is with you – it’s just that often we are not aware that he is.

teaching

Here is the service for Sunday, 12 September.
We are starting a short series on The Kingdom of God
OCCkids (K to Grade 5) is meeting in person

We are keeping focus on the Jesus Creed
We encourage you to read – memorize – recite the Jesus Creed

 

 

giving

In this new way of being the church, we don’t practice giving by placing our offering in a basket as it is passed. OCCers are generous people. Thank you for your gifts. You can find all the ways to give here.

Sunday invite

 

 

 

 

I can understand the hesitancy of people gathering for a worship service again. Covid-19 is still with us. The number of people with Covid-19 is increasing. There are more and more things getting back to normal – but some people seem to be reckless, And so I understand people being cautious.

Of course, it is also very nice to be able to get up when you want, brew a coffee, heat a bagel and then sit up on the couch and watch church on your tv, laptop or tablet. We are so thankful that a worldwide pandemic hit when we had the Web, Zoom and YouTube!

Some aspects of Church can indeed be held on YouTube and Zoom. And underground Churches around the world have held themselves together while hiding away in isolation since the Church began.

There are other important things about Church that cannot be done in isolation. The sense of fellowship and singing together for example. Though masks and social distancing has limited these, being together has been helpful for a good percentage of our community.

In the next few weeks, we will have full children and youth opportunities, watch for details and timing.

I have to say that with our safety standards at OCC, it is probably the safest place I have been during this time of Covid. We are being more cautious than we have to be. If you are an OCCer, it would be good to see you soon. Tomorrow we will be gathering at 10am and the pre-recorded service will be available at 8am. Sunday evening at 6:30pm we will be meeting online to pray. At this point, we are not planning on live streaming our Gathering. There are differences in how we set these two services up.

This week we are continuing to build on the Jesus Creed and specifically Jesus’ announcement of the Kingdom of God – A Beautiful Mess.

Jesus Creed formation 2

We are reflecting on the Jesus Creed as Jesus’ way of spiritual formation

Hear O Israel, the Lord our God.
The Lord is One.
Love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
Love your neighbor as yourself.

Formation

Father – Abba – loves us – all of us – this is at the very core of spiritual formation.

Exercise

These are words of Jesus on spiritual formation.
Over the month of September: read – memorize – recite – reflect on these words daily.
Bask – sit in his presence and his love. Learn that love. Trust that love.
Take a few (or many) minutes to prayerfully read the Jesus Creed.
Allow this reminder of what we are called to be and do, shape our thinking and our actions.

Listen

Listen deeply to the meaning of the word Abba and discover the depths of who God is, what God is like, and how he invites into relationship.

Imagine

Imagine your relationship with God as Abba.
Imagine how you might live as you grasp deeply that God is Abba for you – he loves you and is for you.

 

Jesus Creed formation

Jesus Creed

Hear O Israel, the Lord our God.
The Lord is One.
Love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
Love your neighbor as yourself.

Formation

Spiritual formation is about loving God and loving others. It includes following Jesus.

Exercise

These are words of Jesus on spiritual formation.
Over the month of September: read – memorize – recite – reflect on these words daily.
Allow this reminder of what we are called to be and do, shape our thinking and our actions.

Listen

Listen to what God is saying about loving him and loving others. Hear the words of Jesus: “Come, follow me.” [Mark 1:17] How is this a form of loving God?

Imagine

Imagine your life – with your family, classmates, co-workers, OCC community – as a life dedicated to loving God and loving others. What could that life look like today and tomorrow?

Jesus Creed bookmark

If you were not out on Sunday, here is the bookmark we handed out

You can also download it from here