Jan 2012 Schedule

We’ve been meeting on the 1st and 3rd Sun nights.  Due to the 1st Sun in Jan being, well new years day, we are not meeting.  Instead, hope everyone can join us on the 2nd and 4th Sun. in January!  6pm @ Matt’s.  Email us for more info: matt@blvdabbey.com

Sun., Jan. 8

Sun., Jan. 22

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Advent 2011

This Sunday is the beginning of the Season of Advent.  The word advent comes from a Latin word meaning ‘coming.’ So in this season leading up to Christmas, we celebrate the coming of God into the world- Word becoming flesh- in Christ.  We also “prepare the way,” making ourselves more aware of the ways God’s love and grace are becoming flesh and blood in our world today, ultimately looking forward to the time when things are set to rights, when all live in God’s Shalom and “all things become new.”

At Blvd Abbey we have developed a meaningful tradition around advent.  Several are invited to share around the themes of Advent, as we light the candles during our Sun night gatherings.  This could be a story, a quote, a song, art they have created, etc.  This is up to each one and their creativity.

So join us next Sunday, Dec. 4, and again Sunday, Dec. 18, as we gather around the Advent candles and celebrate God’s incarnational love for us.

Want to share something with our community on Sun night?

Next Sunday, Dec. 4, is the theme of Peace.

And Dec. 18 is the theme of Love.

Comment here and let us know, or email Matt at matt@blvdabbey.com

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New Schedule

Gathering every 1st & 3rd Sunday.  6pm @ Matt’s place.  See more about the rhythm of our gatherings here:   http://www.blvdabbey.com/rhythm.html

Community Dinners.  Once a month.  Stay tuned for details each month about when and where.  Again, learn more about our dinners here: http://www.blvdabbey.com/rhythm.html

Coming soon… In the next few months, come be a part of our Community Rhythm gatherings.  A time during the week for those who want to share a deeper practice of following the Way of Jesus.

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The Sacred Way – Silence & Solitude

We recently started a series discussing Tony Jones book, ‘The Sacred Way;’ Looking at following Christ as a holistic ‘way,’ rather than just a set of beliefs.  Some of us are trying to re-practice our beliefs, and others of us are trying to see our spirituality through the lens of common practice.  For helpful discussion, Jones separates spiritual practice into the categories of ‘contemplative’ and ‘active;’ representing the inward and outward journey of faith.

Last Sunday night we talked about the foundational contemplative practice of silence and solitude.

We read about Jesus, who had a rhythm of action and retreat.  We discussed the story and history of the Desert Fathers & Mothers, who were pioneers of this practice.  We also discovered it’s important to start with the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how.’  Some often look for tangible results from silence and solitude; whether it’s some mystical experience of God, a voice from above, or a radical change of behavior.  Really, though these might happen to some occasionally, the ‘why’ is much different.

Silence and solitude can be ways to create space in our lives for other more active practices (like sacred reading/meditation, etc.).  And at its core however, the practice of silence and solitude is about disconnecting from the clutter and noise of our lives, to create space to listen.  So we then can re-enter our day more attentive to God, ourselves, and others.

“Ultimately, we keep silence and solitude so we can listen better…”

“Spiritual writers, ancient and modern, are unanimous in saying that silence and solitude lead to a love of God, a love of self, and a love of others.”   -Tony Jones, ‘The Sacred Way’

 

So the challenge this week is to take a few moments to practice silence and solitude.

As you try on this practice, especially if you’re new to this or it’s been a while, start slow… following the Sacred Way is a marathon not a sprint.  Maybe start with just a few minutes.  As you start, notice your breath, and don’t try to ignore distractions… instead embrace them and then let yourself release them.  If it’s helpful, use a verse of Scripture or a meaningful saying to put your focus on.  And most of all, try to come in with no expectations!  Just allow whatever needs to happen between you and the Spirit… whether big, small, or nothing noticeable at all!

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Upcoming Events

Sat., June 4- Come out to a rock show!  Our friends The Violet Burning / Adams & Eves, all proceeds go to Ladle Fellowship soup kitchen.

Event here:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=213378462020846

Tickets here:

http://thevioletburning.com/tour.htm

 

Sun., June 5- Community Dinner 6pm @ Matt’s.  For info & directions email:

matt@blvdabbey.com

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Come Gather With Us…

This Sunday night @ 6pm.

Contact info@blvdabbey.com

for details, location, etc.

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Lent Prayer Guide – Good Friday

As we remember and contemplate Good Friday.

Stand before God with reverence and openness saying:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Having invoked the Holy Trinity, keep silence for a little while, so that your thoughts and feelings may be freed from whatever holds you back, and begin re-centering in God.  Then recite the following prayers without haste, and with your whole heart.

Opening Sentences

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion.

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.

Scripture Reading

(spend some time reading and meditating on the last night of Christ)

John 18:1-19:42

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2018:1-40,%2019:1-42&version=TNIV

Blessing
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing
once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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