The Friday Reflection – February 1, 2019

From Bishop David Rice

Last year following General Convention, we introduced to you The Way of Love, Practices for Jesus-Centered life. And subsequent to said introduction, Canon Anna and I have given voice to and spilled considerable ink regarding what these practices are all about. In fact, recently, Canon Anna occupied this space with thoughts and reflections on these practices.

In his invitation to the Practice to the Way of Love, Presiding
Bishop Michael Curry writes:

“In the first century Jesus of Nazareth inspired a movement. A community of people whose lives centered on Jesus Christ and committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial, and redemptive love. Before they were called “church” or “Christian,” this Jesus Movement was simply called “the way.” Today I believe our vocation is to live as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. But how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world? The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a “Rule of Life.” The framework you now hold The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life — outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.”

“It is designed to be spare and spacious, so that individuals, ministry groups, congregations, and networks can flesh it out in unique ways and build a church-wide treasure trove of stories and resources. There is no specific order you need to follow. If you already keep a Rule or spiritual disciplines, you might discover how that path intersects with this one. By entering into reflection, discernment and commitment around practices of Turn – Learn – Pray – Worship – Bless – Go – Rest, I pray we will grow as communities following the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus. His way has the power to change each of our lives and to change this world.”

I lovingly and strongly urge you to make available The Way of Love, Practices of Jesus-Centered Life to your Community of Faith. Better said, I do hope this information and invitation will find a place of visibility in your lives. You can make available the pamphlets in the welcoming and hospitality spaces of your churches. You could ensure there is a section in your liturgical bulletins which refer to this information. You could specifically refer to these practices in your gatherings, i.e., Bishops Committee, Church-wide functions, and the life. Moreover, this information could provide a constant reminder of the lives to which we care called by looking at us from the position of our refrigerators or other appliances we frequently access. The point is this, these practices provide for us an opportunity, communally and individually, to intentionally follow the way of Jesus and continue to emerge as the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement.

When you want to make your The Way of Love information, you can order (pamphlets and chips) from the Episcopal Church website or contact Canon Anna and she can assist you in the ordering process.

Again, I encourage you to wrap the practices of Turn – Learn – Pray – Worship – Bless – Go – Rest into and through your lives.


+ David

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