From Sue Tait, Diocesan Librarian:
The Way of Love : Practices for Jesus-Centered Life
This material helps individuals, groups and congregations move more deeply into our lives as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. “Early in his ministry, Jesus of Nazareth was surrounded by crowds. He turned and asked, “What do you seek?” (John 1:38). Many of us seek love, freedom, abundant life and we seek Jesus. In this third posting of resources for the Way of Love we consider those materials selected in the “Pray” category.
Print materials are available from the Diocesan Resource Library. You can search the library online catalog below, or contact Sue Tait.
Seekers can find the entire list of categories and reflection questions below, as well as a glossary of helpful terms for the journey.
WORSHIP: Gather in community weekly to thank, praise, and dwell with God
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. – Luke 24:30-31
Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them to the Lord. – Book of Common Prayer, 361
When we worship, we gather with others before God. We hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, give thanks, confess, and offer the brokenness of the world to God. As we break bread, our eyes are opened to the presence of Christ. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are made one body, the body of Christ sent forth to live the Way of Love.
For Discernment and Reflection
- What communal worship practices move you to encounter God and knit you into the body of Christ?
- How will (or do) you commit to regularly worship?
- With whom will you share the commitment to worship this week?
Find-a-Church & the Episcopal Asset Map
Theses tools offer information on the locations, ministries, and mission of more than 7,000 congregations. You can locate churches in our diocese and across the world. (Ages: All)
The Book of Common Prayer, (Ages: All)
Pilgrim: The Eucharist, by Stephen Cottrell, Steven Croft, Paula Gooder, Robert Atwell, and Sharon Ely Pearson (268.97 Col Bk.6)
How do Christians know and worship God? Six sessions on the pattern and importance of Eucharist and sacraments.(Ages: Young Adult/Adult)
Gathered for God, by Dent Davidson & Jeff Lee (Small 264.03 Lee)
What’s really going on when Episcopalians gather for worship? A lively conversation about the rituals that make faith real—gathering, bathing, welcoming, storytelling, feasting, and sending God’s people. End of chapter questions make it useful for group study. (Ages: Young Adult/Adult)
Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices, by Scott Gunn & Melody Shobe (283.73 Gun)
Walk through the liturgical year, the sacraments of the church, habits of daily prayer, and the teachings of Anglican Christianity. Companion to the Practicing Our Faith curriculum, part of the Living Discipleship series.(Ages: Young Adult/Adult)
Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as Guide to a Spiritual Life, by Derek Olsen (264.03 Ols)
Explores liturgical spirituality and how the prayer book contains Christian wisdom and spiritual practice stretching back to the beginnings of the Christian movement. Focuses on three key elements—the Calendar, the Daily Office, and the Eucharist.
Mission St. Claire Daily Office
A site to practice the Daily Office throughout the day, available in English and Spanish. In addition this rich site gives online access to prayer books, sung services from several locations, and other useful links. (Ages: Young Adult/Adult)
¿Qué cantamos el próximo domingo?, by Sandra Montes
Sandra Montes habla sobre la importancia de cantar canciones favoritas durante el culto y la importancia de aprender otras nuevas. Type the author’s name into the search box on this site to find many articles in Spanish, including this one on church music, and another featuring a conversation with Alfredo Peregrino. (Ages: Young Adult/Adult)
On Bodies, The Eucharist, and Skydiving, by Broderick Greer
In this short article, Broderick Greer, an Episcopal priest, asks us to “remember that God made you as a subject of love, not as an object of commercialization.” (Ages: Adult)
Talking God: Preaching to Contemporary Congregations, by Albert R. Cutié (251 Cut)
Examine the challenges digital communications pose to all involved in the craft of preaching. (Ages: Adult)
The Rule of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, (255.83 Soc)
Note that chapters 16-18 and 28 are especially useful for enriching worship life. (Ages: Adult)