Evening Prayer: July 13th (Combo Post)

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Psalm: 38, 119:25-48
Old Testament: 1 Sam 20:1-23
New Testament: Acts 12:20-25
Gospel: Mark 2:13-22
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from a Treatise on the Mysteries by St. Ambrose

But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait;
it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
16 For I pray, β€˜Only do not let them rejoice over me,
those who boast against me when my foot slips.’ (Psalm 38:15)

Something in my brain tells me that I’ve probably done a post on this verse before….so if I am inadvertently repeating myself, I apologize…anyway it is definitely a sentiment that really rings true for me right now.

I totally confess that I do not do well with the whole waiting thing. I’d even go so far as to say that I am one of the most impatient people on the planet. This doesn’t mean that I can’t do the laid-back thing and let things develop…..a lot of the time that’s what I have to do in my job(s)….but that doesn’t mean I particularly enjoy the process itself. πŸ˜›

That discomfort has been heightened for me of late…since–in two weeks time–one of my bishops is coming to check out the ministry that I do here in London.

I honestly have no idea how it’s going to pan out….and part of me thinks that I will probably fall flat on my ass.

That being said, I have since started meeting with my Spiritual Director and he and I have discussed something very important over the last few weeks…. Letting the Third Person into the conversation

It’s not about me trying to convince the Bishop that I should be ordained, or to show him that I am doing good work….or even about trying to achieve results.

I have to work hard yes…..but more than that…..I have to leave room for God in there somewhere πŸ˜›

The point is not to put my trust in my own abilities…but in the knowledge that the Holy Spirit will show up when She is needed most. Not only to give me strength and ability….but to give light to the darkness…and to allow a bishop and a lay leader to meet as brothers in Christ…..not as superior and inferior….

Let’s just hope I can keep my sanity until the visit! πŸ˜› +

Evening Prayer: Feast of the Holy Trinity

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So this is not my usual posting style…but I figured I would throw this comment up there for Internet posterity. πŸ™‚

Today was indeed very good and filled with worship, genuine surprise, and a sense of awe and wonder at God’s greatness.

Sometimes you can feel God’s grace abounding in such a way that it fills your whole day. It was like that for me. I had uplifting worship (both Eucharist in the morning and Evensong in the early hours of the night). Add that to fascinating conversation with some amazing teenagers, a Footloose viewing, and finding joy in the presence of another…..

that my friends is what you call a an awesome Trinity Feast. πŸ™‚

Part of the reason I don’t want to be bogged down by form tonight is because sometimes prayer has to be spontaneous. And tonight all I have to say one huge thank you to the blessed Father, Son, and Spirit who now and always give me life. ❀ +

Evening Prayer: Eve of Trinity Sunday

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Psalm: 104
Old Testament: Sirach 42:15-25
New Testament: Ephesians 3:14-21

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:19-20)

Man after reading words like that, St. Paul is a tough act to follow. :P.

Apologies for not posting this morning……I was even tempted to skip tonight……but ’tis a Feast day and I think a pretty important one to cover…At least when I neglected an Ascension Day, I had a relatively good excuse with the conference going on…but no such loophole exists for me tonight lol πŸ˜›

In the Western Church, Trinity Sunday is a moveable feast that always falls on the first Sunday of Pentecost. It celebrates the doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

More specifically we celebrate the doctrines of uniqueness of the Three Persons, the One substance whereof they are made…..and a handful of other statements from the Ecumenical Councils of the Early Church

For those who came to the blog hoping for a succinct definition of the Trinity….I’m afraid to say that you will be disappointed. I try and not get bogged down with the specifics of God. I will put on record though the way that I understand the Trinity at this particular point and time.

For me, it’s helpful to think of the Three Persons in light of the role that they fulfill. Just as I–a lowly mortal–can be a student, a middle-class worker, a significant other, &c. without my “Matthew Arguin-ness” being diminished in any sense; I think that’s how it works with God.

In the first instance you have:

God the Father who is the primary mover and shaker. The one whose will is both emulated and enacted by the other two Persons. It is in God the Father we have our initial identity as created beings

Then we have:

God the Son Who finds his identity as God’s eternal Word…through which all things are made. In a great act of love, that Word became incarnate of the Virgin Mary…and it is through Jesus’ death and resurrection, humanity finds its new identity as a redeemed and new creation

And finally:

God the Spirit-who is our Advocate and Guide. Who allows our hearts and minds to be illuminated by God our Creator and his Eternal Word. It is in this communion with the Spirit that we embrace our identity not only as redeemed and new creatures…..but creatures who are a work in progress. Slowly moving towards Holiness and Love.

Each of these three cannot exist without the other, and they all proceed from one Source while having various characteristics and functions.

It is not only static doctrines we rejoice over tonight……but the dynamic way that God has chosen to reveal himself to the world. πŸ™‚ +

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