Week 15: Community

Preparation

  • Recite Psalms 130 & 131
  • Moment of silence

Presence through the word

  • Psalm reading (selected from below)
    • Morning:        Psalm 84
    • Noon:              Psalm 28
    • Vespers:          Psalm  133
    • Night:              Psalm 3
  • Moment of Silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday:            Leviticus 19:1-18
    • Tuesday:            Leviticus 19:32-20:5
    • Wednesday:      Leviticus 25:35-43
    • Thursday:          Deuteronomy 6:4-25
    • Friday:                Deuteronomy 10:12-22
  • Moment of Silence

Practicing the presence

“Let him who cannot be alone beware of community… Let him who is not in community beware of being alone… Each by itself has profound perils and pitfalls. One who wants fellowship without solitude plunges into the void of words and feelings, and the one who seeks solitude without fellowship perishes in the abyss of vanity, self-infatuation and despair.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If you are not part of a community of people who share the same spiritual goals, then seek out community. God never intended Christianity to be some sort of individualistic faith. It is a communal faith. If you are part of a community evaluate your participation with it. Is it more an association of folks with similar interests or is it a community that is truly devoted to one another?

Compare your church community or small group to Acts 2:42-47. Does this passage describe your community? In what ways and in what ways does the passage confront your community?

Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling or silent reflection
  • “The Lord’s Prayer”
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About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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