Saint Patrick's Church Schola

Lenten 2006 Class -- Classical Spiritual Disciplines

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

I posted the following on my personal blog. I wanted to share it with our community too:

Last night I was made a deacon. A group of approximately 50 gathered at Estes Chapel on the Campus of Asbury Theological Seminary to witness the public declaration of my vows of fidelity to the scriptures and the catholic faith and my vow of obedience to my Bishop. It was a joyous and solemn occasion. Thanks to everyone who prayed.

I am grateful to the many friends who joyfully served to make the night possible. Last night was another example of how the Church is a sacrament of the Trinitarian life. Tangible acts of human love incarnate the self-giving love God. Wow!

Peace, Peter+

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Thursday, October 23, 2003

I'm excited about meeting this Sunday. We will spend time reviewing the story of Saint Patrick and the Celtic mission as a backdrop to our vision and mission. For the following four weeks we will wrap up our series on what it means to be a missional community. In these next weeks we will look at the different dimensions of what it means to be on mission. I hope everyone will find these times encouraging and refreshing as we learn how everyday folks like us can live as missionary disciples.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Peace, Peter

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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Saint Patrick's mission is to be a missional community in the Anglican Tradition. Has a nice ring to it, but what does it actually mean to be a missional community? Good question. Over the next days and weeks I will putting up some posts that help explain what this notion of missional community is. Today's post is necessarily a bit general so I can lay some groundwork. In the next days and weeks we will look at concrete examples of what it means to be a missional community.

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Missional Community, pt. 1

In most of our experience a church is a place where people go to get their spiritual needs met. Visitors and members are like customers. The biggest churches are those that do the best job of meeting people's needs in the most efficient and attactive way possible. This reality is found in conservative and liberal churches; protestant and catholic; mainline and fundamentalist. In these settings mission is about creating the most effective set of experiences and programs so that people are drawn to these settings and they grow. I call this the marketing approach.

A missional community aims its attention in a different direction. The focus in a missional community is about forming people who can serve their world in the name of Jesus Christ. The church's institutional side (worship, discipleship, children's ministry, etc.) isn't about creating cool programs that attract more and more people. These things are put into place to make us the kind of people who can live out the values of the kingdom of God in all arenas of life.

So, at Saint Pat's we are not as concerned about whether our meeting location is in the most marketable portion of Lexington and we are not concerned about whether our worship is "cool" and seeker friendly (whether the seekers like country music or Bach fugues). We are concerned about being an incubator for disciples to be formed that can live missional lives. By the way, according to the New Testament, this is normal Christianity.

More later . . . ..

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Monday, October 20, 2003

Saint Patrick's is praying about some sort of minstry partnership with the Church in Rwanda. Right now were are exploring what this might look like and have no firm idea of what we would do yet.

One thing we have learned is that many orphaned children live in Rwanda as a result of the massacre in 1994. We are wondering if God might have a role for us in serving them.

Let's keep praying about this and see how God might direct us in the coming weeks and months.

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Friday, October 17, 2003

Wow - it has been too long since a post has been up here. Sorry.

This Sunday Saint Patrick's will meet again at The Matthews' house (112 Asbury Drive, Wilmore, KY). We will examine Ephesians 3:14-18 and look at how a community needs take hold of the truth that it is rooted and grounded in God's love if it is to be a thriving community. This idea will balance last weeks look at discipleship and the important efforts we need to engage in to grow into Christlikeness. Without an overall environment of love, acceptance and grace, the work of spiritual growth can degenerate into legalism and be a means of bondage rather than freedom.

If you have in interest in Saint Patrick's feel free to contact me at peter@fsvmail.net or put a post on the shout out (be sure and leave a way for me to contact you). I'll be glad to answer any questions you might have

Peace, Peter

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Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Saint Patrick's gathered for worship again last Sunday. Our teaching topic was - A Missional Community is a Relational Community. Thanks to Kimberly Wade for the amazing breakfast - a sort of mini pie with egg, bacon, cheese and cream cheese - mmm, mmm, good!

Our first Formation Seminar is this Saturday. It is entitled "What Is Anglicanism?" We will look at what it means to be a sacramental Christian rooted in the Ancient Church and how Anglicanism is an expression of this way of following Christ. This is open to anyone who is interested in coming.

Time: 9:00am - Noon
Schedule:
Session I: Understanding The Ancient Church
Session II: Anglicanism - Intentionally Rooted in the Ancient Church
Session III: Being Anglican in the 21st Century

Here are directions to the meeting location:
1. Get to the corner of Man - O - War and Clays Mill Road.
2. Turn south on Clays Mill Rd.
3. Take the first right turn off of Clays Mill. The street you turn onto is Twain Ridge Drive. (You will be turning into the Wyndham Downs subdivision. I probably spelled Wyndham incorrectly)
4. Go a few blocks until you reach the swimming pool/community center. This is on Stoneyhurst place. The pool/center is right on the corner to the left. You can't miss it.
5. There is parking on the back side of the community room.

Pax, Peter

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