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Pastor’s Blog: Week of March 20th


If we do not have any of NUMINOUS quality about us, that is, if we are not spiritual, with some real presence of the divine, holy and sacred….If there is nothing mysterious about what we do here, nothing otherworldly and transcendent (another word that came up in our confirmation discussion), then we might just as well close our doors.  There is no point in keeping an institution running if it is not living up to the business it is about, and we are about the business of being numinous.

To borrow an image from a book on my desk, (SAILBOAT CHURCH; Helping Your Church Rethink Its Mission and Practice) the difference between being numinous or not is like the difference between a rowboat and a sailboat.

In a rowboat the members work very hard to make anything happen.  All effort and progress is dependent upon human effort.  In a sailboat, the members allow the wind to take the boat where it will.  They depend upon the Spirit to lead, and they merely seek to work with the Spirit/wind to keep the boat from capsizing.

Being a Sailboat Church requires much prayer and communion with God.  The book includes 40 days of prayer focus.  I offer the first day of prayer to you, to use throughout this third week of Lent.  You can find it under the Lent 3 link.

Scripture:  Jeremiah 29:1-14

Focus Text:  “When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me, says the Lord”  (vv. 13-14)

Listening to God:  When was the last time you really searched for me?  Your days are full of other things that compete for your time and attention, but I am the only one who loves you unconditionally and forever.  I hold everything in my hands.  So much of what you worry about I have already taken care of for you.  It will work out.  Today, set aside some time to let me bless you with a deeper sense of my presence.

MY PRAYER:  (The book recommends you write your prayer down so you can refer back to it throughout the day and week.)

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