Opening Prayer (say aloud if alone, say aloud together in community)
Most merciful God,
We confess that we have sinned against you
In thought, word, and deed,
By what we have done,
And by what we have left undone,
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
We have not loved our neighbor as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we (I) humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
Have mercy on us and forgive us;
That we may delight in your will,
And walk in your ways,
To the glory of your name.
Affirmation of Faith (say aloud if alone, say aloud together in community)
I believe in God the Father Almighty;
Maker of Heaven and Earth;
and in Jesus Christ His only (begotten) Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary;
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell;
the third day He rose from the dead;
He ascended into heaven;
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy *Catholic Church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.
*”Catholic Church” refers to the universal global church that transcends time, space, and culture
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Podcast (listen to the sermon here)
1. Give thanks
Spend a few moments in gratitude for the gifts and blessings of the day. In what ways does being aware of God's presence lead to gratitude in your life?
2. Ask for light
Ask God to enlighten you, showing where he has been at work and present in your day through events, people and places.
3. Examine the day
Review the moments of the day, noticing what has led to consolation and what has led to desolation and my reactions to these events, people and places. Have you experienced the presence of God in any new ways today?
4. Seek forgiveness
Ask God's forgiveness for the times when you have acted, spoken or thought contrary to his grace and calling for you.
5. Resolve to change
Decide what in your behavior or attitude you will try to improve in the coming week.
After learning the biblical basis for a topic through the sermons in Celebration, each village will determine how they want to practice that topic for the following month together. The Digital Liturgy will contain suggestions to help frame our imagination towards a practice for the following month.
We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray ceaselessly,” which, when life gets busy, seems impossible at worst and daunting at best. How can we manage such a task?
Prayer begins with the posture of our hearts. When Jesus awakens our souls to the truth that we are in His constant presence, it becomes easier to develop the habit of conversing with God even in the ordinary, quick moments we have throughout the day.
Remember, prayer does not need to be formal, and it does not need to look like the traditional setting of sitting in stillness and completely focused for a length of time, although that is great, too. Some days, we may just not get that much stillness and quiet, or by the time we do, we are half asleep.
It’s okay. God welcomes us even so. There will not be one solution that fits everyone’s reality, but we can rest in two truths:
God is not afraid to meet us in the chaos.
Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Praying Like Monks, Living Like Fools by Tyler Staton
Ash & Starlight: Prayers for the Chaos & Grace of Daily Life by Arianne Braithwaite Leh
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Journey through past Digital Liturgies
June 14, 2023
Pastor Zac Kohl teaches on Gratitude as he continues in the year-long Perhaps series at Citizens Akron.
April 25, 2023
Listen in as Pastor Zac Kohl leads us through the year long Perhaps series focusing on an alternative method of studying Scriptures.