You’re Invited to Cultivate a Weekly Habit of Grace with Presiding Bishop Curry

Habits of Grace: An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry

As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’

A new meditation will be posted on Mondays starting in May and now extended through the month of June.

In case you missed the bishop’s earlier videos, these have been made available on the Episcopal Church website – follow the link to Habits of Grace: An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry

You may also subscribe to receive an email update with his latest offering each week through the month of May which includes written transcriptions in English and Spanish.

Check it out @ Link to Habits of Grace Video Library & Newsletter Subscription

This Week’s ‘Habit of Grace’ Meditation

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You’re Invited to Cultivate a Weekly Habit of Grace with Presiding Bishop Curry

Habits of Grace: An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry

As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’

A new meditation will be posted on Mondays through May.

In case you missed the bishop’s earlier videos, these have been made available on the Episcopal Church website – follow the link to Habits of Grace: An invitation for you, from Presiding Bishop Curry

You may also subscribe to receive an email update with his latest offering each week through the month of May which includes written transcriptions in English and Spanish (also included below/
también incluido a continuación).

This Week’s ‘Habit of Grace’ Meditation

The Message in English

The late professor Walter Wink, in one of his books, says that “History belongs to the intercessors who believe and pray a new future into being.” None of us know the mystery of prayer and how it works. I don’t know the intricacies of prayer’s mysteries. What I do know and believe, is that prayer makes a difference. It’s not a magic foot. It’s not a way to… It’s not a form of wish fulfillment, but it is a way of bringing our deepest needs and concerns and our very life into our consciousness and into the very presence of God.

There’s an interesting story in the eighth chapter of the Book of Revelation, just a few of the verses, where you have this swirling of events happening in history and a world in chaos and the text says, “There was silence in heaven for half an hour.” Walter Wink and others looking at that say that in its highly symbolic language, the Book of Revelation may be trying to tell us that even in the midst of all the chaos of the world, the prayers of God’s people actually make a difference. Because if you look at that small section of the first few chapters of chapter eight in Revelation, during that silence of heaven, it says that the prayers of the saints are mingled with the incense before the throne of God and that those prayers are taken right to God. God hears our prayers. God responds in God’s way and we respond.

Prayer matters. It’s not magic, but it makes a difference. There’s a prayer in the prayer book that I thought you might like. It’s a prayer for in times of sickness, for use by the sick person, but maybe it’s a prayer that can apply to us all.

This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever shall be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. If I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words and give me the spirit of Jesus.

What a friend we have in Jesus. All our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer. God love you. God bless you and may God hold you and this whole world, the entire human family and the whole of creation in those almighty hands of love.

Hábitos de gracia, 20 de abril de 2020: una invitación para ti, del obispo primado Curry
[20 de abril de 2020] Mientras aprendemos a ajustar nuestras vidas dada la realidad del coronavirus y atendemos la solicitud de hacer nuestra parte para frenar su propagación practicando el distanciamiento social, les invito a que se unan a mí cada semana para dedicar un momento a cultivar un «hábito de gracia». Una nueva meditación se publicará todos los lunes hasta mayo. Estas meditaciones pueden verse en cualquier momento haciendo clic aquí.

El Mensaje en Español

20 de abril de 2020: Dios oye nuestras oraciones
El desaparecido profesor Walter Wink dice, en uno de sus libros, que «la historia pertenece a los intercesores que creen y oran para que se produzca un nuevo futuro». Ninguno de nosotros conoce el misterio de la oración y cómo funciona. No sé las complejidades de los misterios de la oración. Lo que sí sé y creo es que la oración marca la diferencia. No es una formula mágica. No es una forma de cumplimiento de deseos, pero sí es una forma de traer nuestras necesidades y preocupaciones más profundas y nuestra vida misma a nuestra conciencia y a la presencia de Dios.

Hay una historia interesante en el capítulo ocho del libro de Apocalipsis, sólo algunos versículos, donde se presentan este torbellino de eventos que tienen lugar en la historia y en un mundo en caos y el texto dice: «hubo silencio en el cielo como por media hora» Walter Wink y otros que se fijan en esto dicen que, en su lenguaje altamente simbólico, el libro de Apocalipsis puede intentar decirnos que, incluso en medio de todo el caos del mundo, las oraciones del pueblo de Dios realmente marcan la diferencia. Porque si atienden a esa pequeña sección de los primeros versículos del capítulo ocho de Apocalipsis, durante ese silencio del cielo, dice que las oraciones de los santos se mezclan con el incienso ante el trono de Dios y que esas oraciones ascienden directamente a Dios. Dios escucha nuestras oraciones. Dios responde a la manera de Dios y nosotros respondemos.

La oración es importante. No es magia, pero marca la diferencia. Hay una plegaria en el Libro de Oración que pensé que podría gustarles. Es una oración en tiempos de enfermedad, para uso de la persona enferma, pero tal vez es una oración que puede aplicarse a todos nosotros.

Este es otro día, Oh Señor. Aún no se lo que traerá, pero haz que esté dispuesto para aceptar lo que sea. Si debo estar de pie, ayúdame a hacerlo con valor. Si debo estar sentado, ayúdame a estarlo en calma. Si debo estar acostado, ayúdame a hacerlo con paciencia. Y si debo estar sin hacer nada, que lo acepte con gallardía. Haz que estas palabras sean más que palabras, y dame el Espíritu de Jesús.

¡Oh qué amigo nos es Cristo! Él llevó nuestro dolor. Y nos manda que llevemos todo a Dios en oración. Dios les ama. Dios les bendiga y que Dios les sostenga, a ustedes y a todo este mundo, a la totalidad de la familia humana y a la entera creación en sus todopoderosas manos de amor.

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Two Sunday Services – Mother’s Day, May 13th

CELEBRATING MOTHERS

After three weeks of combined Sunday services in which we worked together to create “dream statements”, we will resume our regular two-service Sunday schedule on May 13th.

Join us at 8:00 AM and/or 10:30 AM as we celebrate and honor mothers.

MEDITATING ON THE DREAM PROJECT

The services will include time for prayerful meditation on the work we did in the Dream Project gatherings over the preceding weeks.

WHAT’s HAPPENING AT SUNDAY SCHOOL?

Today’s Sunday School plans for the children are detailed here.

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Lenten Quiet Morning – March 4th

QUIET YOUR MIND & HEART

On Saturday, March 4th from 9 AM to noon, Pastor Salying will conduct a meditative morning in the sanctuary to prepare for the season of Lent. This event is open to all adult members of the parish.

After spending the morning together in prayer and contemplation, we will share a potluck lunch in Cowans Hall.

SCHEDULE
  • 9 AM: Lectio Divina in the context of morning prayer in the Resurrection Chapel
  • 10-11:30 AM: Free time to journal, have meditative time with music in the chapel, walking the labyrinth, and or meeting with Salying for spiritual direction.
  • 11:30 AM: Centering Prayer
  • 12-1 PM: Potluck lunch
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Adult Ed: Wed. Evening Forum – Feb 17, 24, Mar 2, 9 & 16

ADULT EDUCATION IN LENT

As a part of our adult formation and education opportunities, we are offering a Wednesday evening Forum on Solitude & Compassion in the church sanctuary during the season of Lent.

SET ASIDE THIS TIME & SPACE

February 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16; 7:30 pm in the church sanctuary, see Directions and Campus Map

YOU’RE IN FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL

Solitude and Compassion meditation will be facilitated by Colleen, based on the book by Gus Gordon. Different compassion exercises and styles of mindfulness and meditation will be offered each week.

Each session will open with an exercise of settling in and easing into awareness, and close with prayers of loving-kindness, forgiveness, letting go (casting our cares upon God), or similar themes.

Participants are welcomed and encouraged to express interests in specific styles of meditation and/or contemplative prayer, to be integrated.

PURCHASING THE BOOK

The book is optional – not required for participation in this series. However, if anyone is interested in obtaining a copy of Solitude & Compassion by Gus Gordon, it is available in both in digital “Kindle” and “Paperback” formats for purchase on Amazon.com.

SUPPORT US

Consider using AmazonSmile for any purchases on Amazon. It is a wonderful way you can offer continued support for the work of Saint Thomas and its programs like Adult Education.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice – consider “St. Thomas Episcopal Church – Sunnyvale, CA“

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The website: smile.amazon.com.

QUESTIONS OR FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE

If you have questions or are in need of further assistance or accommodations, please Contact Us.

Slide show image derived from original digital photo by Andrew Munday.

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