Saint Patrick's Church Schola

Lenten 2006 Class -- Classical Spiritual Disciplines

Monday, July 28, 2003

Check out the weblog of Trudi Matthews and read her Top Ten List of Prayer Book prayers.

Pax, Peter

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Saturday, July 26, 2003

Things are really beginning to unfold with Saint Patricks. Hard to believe that the dream is becoming a reality - solo deo gloria (i think i got the latin right).

The Saint Pats launch group is being prayed for Sunday morning - tomorrow - at Church of the Apostles. It will be a blessed day in the Kingdom to see how God has raised this group up and how another community can stand behind with encouragement and support. Glorious!!

Keep praying for meeting space when late Septmeber gets here. I think our group will be too big to meet in anyone's living room for our initial parish gatherings.

Pax, Peter

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Friday, July 18, 2003

I am posting a link to an interesting article on the English spiritual tradition. It is by Robert Munday who , when he wrote the article, was a professor at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. Now he is the Dean of Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin. Here is an excerpt.

"The English situation illustrates both of these processes at work, but especially the latter one, and this is due to factors that are unique to England. First, the people of the British Isles were unique among the peoples of western Europe in having an expression of Christianity not in direct relationship to Rome until the seventh century. Second, the distance, however small, between England and the Continent has been sufficient to allow England to feel an "apartness" from Europe, and to allow it to weigh and either absorb or reject continental influences. Third, the combination of pre-Reformation influences (e.g., the Lollards and Wycliffe’s translation of the Bible), the changes brought about in the Reformation, the options in Church polity during successive monarchies and the Civil War, the Evangelical and Wesleyan revivals, and the Tractarian and other movements have, despite the continuity that has been maintained, made possible a greater degree of religious evolution than has been possible in the Roman Catholic countries on the Continent, and even the Lutheran ones.

Among the pre-Reformation influences that have shaped the Anglican spiritual identity, the most significant was the presence of the particular religious orders that found a home in the British Isles. The purpose of this paper is to examine briefly three major monastic traditions (Benedictine/Cistercian, Franciscan, and Augustinian) and the tradition of Celtic Christianity and to assess their influence on English Spirituality."

Go to Sources of the English Spiritual Tradition

Pax, Peter

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Monday, July 14, 2003

Hey, fellow Anglicans! I received Peter's invitation to blog and couldn't resist trying it out! I am very excited about our new church family! Here is what's up with me...I attended a Beth Moore conference in Cincinnati this weekend and the main point that I heard was that it is time to MOVE ON ! For me this means a couple of things. Obviously there is moving on to this new church, and a moving on in my spiritual life. There is also moving on from the past - "get over it" stuff. Change is scarry, and it makes me tired to think about it, but at the same time it is an adventure! Remember - Complacency kills destiny! MOVE!!! - Kimberly

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It's 6 am and I am waiting for the coffee to brew so I thought I would go ahead and get one TO DO taken care of for today. Let me just start by saying that I think whoever invented the feature on the coffeepot where you can get your cup of coffee and don't have to wait for the whole pot to finish brewing should be sainted. Or at least given a really big award. I would probably establish a shrine or something if I knew who it was. Well, okay let's not get carried away, if I see this inventor in heaven, I am going to give him or her a REALLY big hug and say thanks from the bottom of my heart.

My husband has been bugging me to go to our new St. Patrick's blog and post something. I hope y'all aren't expecting anything too spiritual because what I am writing is about the best I can do at 6am. It's Monday and I have an exhausting week ahead of me. Just thinking about it makes me want to get back in bed and curl up in a fetal position. This week is VBS at Church of the Apostles. So every evening will consist of running home from work, grabbing dinner, meeting my family at church, running around and having fun all evening and then rushing home putting the kids to bed and then collapsing myself. I am excited for the kids but it is going to be tiring!

Then there is work. Each day will be filled with trying to make progress on report that is overdue at work amidst all the other things I am on deadline for. I feel like I am carrying a weight on me at work that will not go away - I feel guilty for spending 5 minutes for talking to a colleague - I don't have minute to spare when I am at the office - there is just too much to do. This is no way to live but the only way through it is through it.

I think it's pretty clear that I am not mentally prepared for the week ahead of me. Nor the next few months of church planting life really. So I come to Jesus today with empty hands and am asking him to give them strength and purpose. It is a minor miracle I am asking for. Please pray for me. I am really tired right now -- I know it's 6 am and I haven't finished my coffee - but besides that I really feel overwhelmed by all the tasks at hand. Thanks for your prayers.

I hope Peter isn't sorry now that he asked me to blog on St. Pat's website. That'll teach him. ;-)

Trudi

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Sunday, July 13, 2003

Take a look at these two websites:

Online Daily Office and Sacred Space . Each of these is designed to guide one through a period of devotion. The Online Daily Office is the prayer office from the Book of Common Prayer. Sacred Space is a creative guide for prayer set up by a group of Jesuits.

Give them a try!!

Pax, Peter

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Saturday, July 12, 2003

Wednesday evening marked another meeting of the Saint Patrick's start up group. some folks had to be gone (you were missed) and we also had some new persons who are exploring St. Pat's. (Thanks for coming by the way!)

We talked about our mission - what it will mean to be a missional community in the anglican tradition. It was good, but as always, a mission is never fully seen on paper nor fully grasped when discussed. It is only when we live it out that we see how God wants to shape us as a people.

I am e-mailing our community blog address to everyone so be sure to give it a look and make some posts.

Pax, Peter

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Wednesday, July 02, 2003

We changed the language fo our planting timeline. The three phases we came up with originally were: Core, Congregation, Community. Alliterates nicely, but a friend recommended we not call the group that meets this summer the "core" team because it could make folks who join up down the road feel like second class participants because they were not part of the "core". I am printing the new version below.

Peter

St. Patrick’s Planting Timeline
 Three Stages
1. Launch
2. Gather
3. Community

 Launch Stage: Summer 2003
o Focus: preparing to move into the gathering stage.
1. Worship
2. Pray
3. Work Through Identity Packet
4. Plan Logistics for Gathering Stage

 Gathering Stage: Fall 2003
o Focus: gathering enough persons to become a self-sustaining church.
1. Start weekly Worship Service
2. Start Home Churches
3. Reach Out to Relational Networks

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

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