Giving thanks for, and commending to God, the gift of life.
Focus text for Monday, October 22, 2018:
John 8:31-36 (in preparation for Reformation Sunday Oct 28).
A lectionary-based study of the bible focuses on one of the prescribed scriptures for the following Sunday, according to the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). We follow a format called ‘lectio divina’ which is a holy, prayerful reading, and re-reading of the text.
Bring your own Bible!
Following the Christian Meditation tradition of contemplative prayer, we gather to sit in silence and stillness for twenty minutes, focusing on a prayer word and repeating it interiorly and faithfully, as we enter the prayer of Jesus Christ. We also listen to a recording by teachers in this tradition (eg. John Main, Laurence Freeman), and reflect together briefly on this practice of prayer and our understanding of it. This time together provides an oasis of calm and concentration in a busy life of distraction and rapid mobility.
Holy Communion is celebrated at every Sunday worship service.
In the 501st year after the Reformation was launched by Martin Luther hammering 95 Theses on the doors of the Wittenberg Church in Germany, the trajectory of the Reformation left division, violence and competition to the Christian Church in its wake, seen especially in the growth of the Protestant branch of Christianity across time and continents.
500+ years later, Lutherans no longer ‘celebrate’ this event. Rather, we commemorate the legacy left by the reformer, Martin Luther, and his contribution to the theological discussion of being made right with God by grace alone.
Ottawa Area Ministry congregations of the ELCIC gather to pray, sing and hear the Word in identifying with the positive legacy of the Lutheran movement, and re-commit to a continual reform of the church in today’s world, in light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.