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Blog Archives: April 2017

28
April
2017

Spiritual Practices beyond Lent

During Lent, City Church spent time cultivating resurrection - paying attention to our inner life and posture so that we could more fully participate in the resurrection life Jesus offers, particularly through the prayer of examen. In Eastertide, our sermons will focus on practicing resurrection - a more outward expression of new life. It might be easy to think of this as formulaic. First you cultivate, then you practice, as if you complete step one then move to step two. Instead, cultivating and practicing occur like an infinity loop, ...
20
April
2017

Embodying Resurrection

Easter is the culmination of our hope; the joy of resurrection and new life handed to us by the God who conquered death. This good news can be hard to hear, and harder still to make use of in our daily lives—which is why we are entering into the season of Eastertide with a sermon series called Embodying Resurrection. In light of something as momentous as the resurrection, what do we do with our lives? Join us as we look at how the Scriptures talk about life after the resurrection and think about how we can live in the freedom, light, and ...
09
April
2017

AN EXAMEN FOR PALM SUNDAY

GATHER This week, we are going to pray the examen together, but this time we’re going to reflect on the entire season of Lent. As you gather, to prime your memories, spend a few moments remembering back to Ash Wednesday and what has passed since.  Clear the space of distractions, grab the candle and matches, and dim the lights. Allow everyone to settle in before beginning.   ENTER GOD’S PRESENCE LEADER: We invite Jesus, the light of the world, to shine on our lives and help us see God. (Light the candle) RESPONSE: God lives in a high ...
02
April
2017

AN EXAMEN FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

GATHER Get comfortable in a quiet space alone or with others. Ready the space with matches, a candle, and dimmed lights. Turn off and put away your phones. Make sure children have used the bathroom! Say: “We are taking away all of the things that will distract us, to make space to come close to God.” Allow a moment to settle in before beginning.   ENTER GOD’S PRESENCE LEADER: We invite Jesus, the light of the world, to shine on our lives and help us see God. (Light the candle) RESPONSE: Open the eyes of our hearts, so we can see the ...