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A few items to follow-up from Sunday’s service. We will send them in three emails.

1. Many folks appreciated the journaling suggestion as a way to notice how “the Lord is with us.” Below is that portion of the sermon reprinted for you. Folks have asked about “live streaming” our worship service online. We are not equipped for that- it requires more than our fancy new camera. If someone volunteers to Facebook Live our worship service with their iPad, we can probably make that work.

From Sunday's sermon-
My friend Pr. Ralph has for many years gently and firmly stayed after me to develop a spiritual journaling type habit. I finally started a journal this past January. But, the age old question is, What do you write? Especially if you don’t enjoy that sort of thing or you don’t enjoy so-called “talking about your feelings.” Ugh! And double ugh!

I learned from Ralph a simple spiritual exercise called the Examen, developed by St. Ignatius Loyola. I use a simplified version of that simple exercise. Step one is get a small (5”x7” or so) notebook and a pen to keep with it. I’m cheap, I like the spiral bound kind; others like the moleskine kind with the elastic strap. I have five bullet points I address each day. And remember this is a journal, it’s not an essay or dissertation. It’s a five to seven minute exercise before bedtime. The small pages help keep that in mind.

The Examen prayer has four parts and I add a fifth thing to my journal.
  • What are you grateful for today?
  • What was God active doing today?
  • What are you sorrowful for today? (Mostly, but not only, related to your sins and failures)
  • What are you doing tomorrow? (With God’s guidance)
  • And finally- What are you praying for?
I evenly space down the left margin the initials G A S T P and begin to answer the questions.

If you do this for 30 days you will start to notice some things that answer “Is God with me?” You’ll also develop that comforting, sure, affirming sense God knows everything you have ever done. He loves you and delights in you and withholds nothing of his grace, mercy, and love from you. You don’t have to take my word for it, you’ll know it for yourself. Like Sherlock Holmes said, “I see no more than you, but I have trained myself to notice what I see.” (The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier)

 
Warmest regards,
-St. Peter Office
        Kari
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