Saint Patrick's Church Schola

Lenten 2006 Class -- Classical Spiritual Disciplines

Monday, June 30, 2003

This Wednesday will be our first core team meeting. A few folks have to be out of town, so the group will be smaller than usual. Our first gathering will be an evening of worship and intercession. It is extremely easy to fall into the trap of trying to construct a ministry through one's own efforts. The mistake comes in forgetting that the Kingdom is God's work - the missio dei. We want to offer ourselves as individuals and as a community to God through worship and discern through prayer how God wants to shape Saint Patrick's Church.

Peter

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003

On Monday evening our community had its first exploratory meeting for those who might be interested in becoming part of St. Patrick's. We had a great group and a great time. It seems like God is beginning to draw a together a community of persons that feel called to this work.

Please pray as our Core Team begins to meet in a week to pray, plan and get to know one another. We want this ministry to be bathed in prayer and not only be the fruit of our efforts.

Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God
2 Corinthians 3:5

Peter

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Friday, June 20, 2003

Check out the links on the right. We will be adding to these regularly.

Peter

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Thursday, June 19, 2003

We have come up with a tentative timeline for the St Pats planting process.

 Three Stages
1. Core
2. Congregation
3. Community


 Core Stage: Summer 2003
1. Worship
2. Pray
3. Work Through Identity Packet
4. Plan Logistics for Congregation Stage


 Congregation Stage: Fall 2003
1. Worship Service
2. Home Churches
3. Reach Out to Relational Networks


 Community Stage: Spring/Summer 2004
1. Self-Sustaining Church
2. Worship Service
3. Home Churches
4. Working Out Mission of St. Patrick’s



 Core Team will begin meeting Wednesday, July 2 at 7pm and meet every week thereafter until the Wednesday before Labor Day.

We are not planning a launch in the sense of a public event that resembles the opening of a new Wal-Mart. We want to pray and plan (Core), we want to gather folks we know who God would call to this thing (Congregate), and then begin to live out the vision we believe God has given us (Community). Hopefully these stages will be recognized more by how we are living as a community rather than by mechinistic issues like how many people are coming. Not that those are fruitless questions and do not have there place, but we to make sure our mission and kingdom life drive us, not the bottom line.

PAX

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003

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This is our new community blog. Right now we are using a simple format. Down the road we will try to design a template that is more unique for us.

This is a place for St. Pats community members to interact about life, the bible, the church, music, coffee, the universe, etc.

In the future we will have a full fledged website up and and will link our blog to the website. I wanted to get the blog up because it will create an interactive sphere for our webbing from the start.

This is also a place to post happenings, events and meetings.

JUNE 23 - 7pm at the Matthew's home: Meeting for prosepective St. Pats members. Contact Pete Matthews for specifics. Blessings.

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Monday, June 16, 2003

St. Patrick was the wealthy son of a clergyperson who lived in Roman Britain during the fifth century. As a young man he rejected the faith of his family and lived a wild life with his wealthy friends. When he was a teenager, raiders from Ireland kidnapped Patrick, took him to Ireland and sold him into slavery. For six years he faced hunger, privation and nakedness as he served his master as a shepherd.


During his servitude, Patrick returned to the faith of his family. When he was alone in the fields he turned to God and found solace through faith in Jesus Christ. After a number of years Patrick received a vision from God that called him to escape and return to his home. By God’s protection he returned home. In time he sensed a calling to be a priest in the church. In the midst of the years of preparation for this vocation, Patrick again heard God’s call. This time it was a call to return to the Irish and bring to them the message of God’s extravagant love revealed in Jesus Christ.

Patrick obeyed this heavenly voice and returned to Ireland as a Bishop to make disciples of Jesus Christ and organize communities of Christians throughout the land. Within Patrick’s lifetime, a multitude of faith communities were founded and within a few generations the Irish people were converted from paganism to Christianity. The Irish, or Celtic, Church then sent missionaries all over Scotland, England and Northern Europe.

The Celtic Church was marked by a number of features that made it flourish:
 A focus on founding deep communities of faith for outreach and service to the Irish people.
 Intensive, intentional disciple-making through the liturgy, practical spiritual instruction and deep friendships.
 A holistic faith that embraced all of creation as a means to understand and draw closer to God
 An emphasis on mission and self-giving to the surrounding culture as central to the Christian life.
 A wedding of the historic Christian faith with the forms of Irish culture.

In our increasingly post-Christian and post-modern culture there are many women and men who, like the ancient Irish, are fully disconnected from Christianity. We look to Patrick, and the story of God’s work through him, as an inspiration and model for us as a faith community. Our dream is to be a community of Christians who are being formed as committed disciples and who are living our lives in light of God’s Kingdom purposes. We dream of being the kind of community where persons who are deeply disconnected from the average church can be welcomed into our midst and connect with God. We want to embody God’s story in a meaningful way through our whole life – through our work and families as well as through artistry and craftsmanship. We also dream of being a base to send women and men around the nation and the world to multiply and grow churches. May St. Patrick’s story guide us as we endeavor to live out God’s call for us as a community seeking to be a catalyst for God’s Kingdom in our world.

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