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joy

Joy in Distress

As we continue in the season of Advent, Weylin Lee reflects on what practices might invite us to embody joy as we continue to navigate distress and disruption both in and outside our lives [Philippians 4:4-7]. Reflection Who are those in our lives that we might need to embody gentleness towards? How might we hold the tension of practicing gratitude […]

Blessed Be the Lord

Virginia Cumberbatch reflects on what it looks like to praise in the midst of the difficult season we have all been enduring [Psalm 124]. Reflection How are you giving yourself permission to share and express gratitude for God’s preservation, presence and protection? How will you express praise this week/in this season? Resources Song: Good (One House Worship) Song: You Keep […]

The Paradox of Rebirth

Gideon Tsang reflects on the paradox of rebirth on this Easter Sunday.  Matt Inman, Gena Minnix and Virginia Cumberbatch also share their reflections on this text [Matthew 28:1-10]. Reflection What have you experienced during this gestation period before an eventual rebirth? How can you hold the paradox of fear and joy this week? Spiritual Practice Create a tomb in your […]

Touching the Eternal

Jennifer Cumberbatch reflects on the invitation to joy in the midst of suffering [Romans 5:1-5]. Reflection Is it possible that suffering (loss, trials, temptations, tribulation) is a portal to the presence of the Holy One and thus a path to experiencing joy? Is there divine purpose in suffering? Resources Video: Joyful Joyful (Sister Act 2) Spiritual Practice PLAN: P – […]

Abiding Love

Abiding Love Gena Minnix explores what it means to abide in love, especially when we’re hurting [John 15:9-17]. Reflection With whom am I currently practicing abiding in love? What do I want to remember the next time I lose joy in that relationship? Resources Video: Turtle Flip Podcast: Notes from a Public Typewritter MWG: Discussion Guide

Advent III: Disappointment

As we continue in the season of Advent, Matt Inman speaks about what it means to long for joy and how we live in the tension of our fears and dreams [Hebrews 11:13-16]. Reflection: How has disappointment impacted your life and faith? What does your life look like being broke open versus broke apart? Resources: Podcast: Inefficiency-Jamie Tworkowski

Anxiety

On the third Sunday of Advent, Matt Worthington speaks about how we approach our collective anxiety and experience joy in this season of Advent. [Philippians 4:4-7] Reflection: How do we tend to engage mourning? Do we brush it off in a dismissive way or are we willing to be guided into lament? How can we be a community of prayer […]

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