Monday, August 8, 2016

Bishop Jake Owensby joined us at Sunday, August 7th, 2016

The congregation of Christ Episcopal Church enjoyed service and fellowship with Bishop Jake Owensby Sunday.  Bishop Jake presided over our 10am service, broke bread (and much more) with us at a wonderful lunch, and met with our vestry.  Bishop Jake expressed our togetherness in the Episcopal community.  You can follow Bishop Jake on Facebook at:

Bishop Jake's sermon can be read or listened to from his blogspot at:
[Bishop Jake enjoyed lunch hidden from the camera behind the flowers on the table near the windows.  Sorry, the amateur staff photographer couldn't get a better picture.]

Forward: Day by Day for Monday, August 8th

John 3:3 Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”
Today we continue our journey with Jesus through John’s Gospel, encountering some of the most beloved messages of all time. Choose a verse from today’s gospel lesson and really think about it using lectio divina—divine reading—a way of intentionally reading a passage of scripture several times in order to explore the gospel wisdom. In preparing to write this meditation, I chose John 3:3, our framing quote for today.
This is how I practice lectio divina in my own way: I read the passage I’m studying out loud to myself, not for information but for understanding—to hear the words Jesus says spoken out loud. I read it again, slowly, and I ponder its meaning, applying it to my own life. I pray, seeking guidance: What is God saying to me here?
This new insight requires a surrender of the normal way of looking at things. Sometimes it’s more important to have a “viewing point” than a “point of view.” Lectio divina leads me to a different viewing point. I sense God’s redeeming love moving me to a different hilltop altogether.
Today the Church remembers Dominic, Priest and Friar, 1221.

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