This summer on most Sundays at 9 a.m., Community Gospel Reflections is excited to sponsor a nine-week series on The Way of Love, an initiative of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and The Episcopal Church. The Way of Love is a set of practices to, “return to the ancient pathways and Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries.” The Presiding Bishop gives a great introduction to The Way of Love in a video on the Episcopal Church’s website. These practices will each have their own week during our series and include:
● TURN – Pause, listen, and choose to follow Jesus
● LEARN – Reflect on Scripture each day, especially Jesus’ life and teachings
● PRAY – Dwell intentionally with God each day
● WORSHIP – Gather in community weekly to thank, praise, and draw near God
● BLESS – Share faith and unselfishly give and serve
● GO – Cross boundaries, listen deeply, and live like Jesus
● REST – Receive the gift of God’s grace, peace, and restoration
The introduction to The Way of Love, available in several languages on the Way of Love Website, defines a Rule of Life as, “an intentional commitment to a set of practices that provide guidance, rhythm and inspiration for living a beautiful, meaningful and holy life. As we place these practices at the heart of our daily lives and join with companions who share the commitment, we grow more and more in the unselfish, hope-filled Way of Love that Jesus embodied in the world.
Since we know it is the summer and you might not be able to come every week, we will post weekly summaries. This will allow those who go out of town to still follow along and rejoin seamlessly when back at Trinity.
Community Gospel Reflections will meet on weeks not listed.
Additional information and resources can be found on the website for The Way of Love.
June 2 – Rule of Life – The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens : Summary
June 9 – Turn – Miriam Torres-Souffront : Summary
June 16 – Learn – Allison Hauserman : Summary
June 23 – Pray – Char Nichols : Summary
July 14 – Worship – Linda Lee: Summary
July 21 – Bless – Scott Blanchard Summary
August 4 – Go – Kelly Henderson Summary
August 18 – Rest – Tony Wesley Summary
August 25 – Living the Rule of Life – The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens