Proclamation & Response, Ordinary Gatherings
Jesus once gave a sermon on the side of a hill. You've probably heard at least some of it. He says things like, "Blessed are the poor in spirit...When you pray, pray like this, 'Our Father in heaven''...Love your enemies."
The whole sermon is about how to be in communion with God, each other and the world. Near the end of his sermon, he says this:
“Everybody who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise builder who built a house on bedrock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It didn’t fall because it was firmly set on bedrock. 26 But everybody who hears these words of mine and doesn’t put them into practice will be like a fool who built a house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the wind blew and beat against that house. It fell and was completely destroyed.”
It is not enough to just hear a word from God. God's word elicits a response. It demands performance. It calls for obedience. Otherwise, the whole life of faith gets washed away.
Hearing from God and then living in obedience to what we hear is daily bread for the church. It is the very foundation of discipleship. Honing ears to hear from God, hearts to receive what God is saying and hands that move in obedience to God's leadership is our life's work.
Common Tables are the place to share with others what you are hearing from God (even if what you are hearing is silence) and your plan to live in obedience to God's leadership (even if that obedience is to move into more stillness in response to God's silence).
To begin hearing and responding to God, you will need three things:
What are you hearing from God in your reading of scripture and daily prayer?
What are you going to do in response to what God is saying to you?
- Share prayer requests around the Table, both joys and concerns.
- Pray for what was shared.