Shared Life Community Church

Shared Life Community Church seeks to provide a safe place to explore, worship, fail, triumph, and build life giving relationships with God and others.

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06/02/2020

“Sisters and brothers, I am asking you to join me in spending the next week in prayer and fasting for North America (Wednesday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 10). For those who can fast the whole week, a day, or a meal, I ask you set aside time to intercede on behalf of your community, state, and nation.”

Archbishop Foley Beach has issued a call for a week of prayer and fasting:

"If ever there is a time for the people of God to fall on our faces before God and plead for his mercy and intervention, now is the time. As believers, we are given the privilege of coming to the Throne of Grace with our petitions and requests, and he promises to hear us (1 John 5:14,15)....

Sisters and brothers, I am asking you to join me in spending the next week in prayer and fasting for North America (Wednesday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 10). For those who can fast the whole week, a day, or a meal, I ask you set aside time to intercede on behalf of your community, state, and nation.

Pray in the Holy Spirit and as the Holy Spirit leads you..."

Read the Archbishop's letter to the Province here: https://buff.ly/2BsrbQv

#Anglican #Prayer

03/30/2020

Shared Life Community Church

Need some hope in the morning? Pray this quietly in your bed before the day starts!

Let’s focus on hope in the morning each day. When we do we’ll see all the good and have resilience to hear to bad! Join us in some morning liturgy! Words that have been said by millions for hundreds of years.

Family prayer in the morning

The following or some other verse of Scripture is said

O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall show forth your praise. Psalm 51:15

Psalm 51:10-12
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence, * and take not your holy Spirit from me.
12 O give me the comfort of your help again, * and sustain me with your willing Spirit.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

A reading from Holy Scripture -

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 peter 1:3

or this

Give thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. colossians 1:12-14

or this

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. colossians 3:1-4

A period of silence may follow.

A hymn or canticle may be used; the Apostles’ Creed (page 75) may be said. Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Collect
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that, guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

[03/30/20]   Family prayer time at night!

We have a gift of being with each other. Think about praying together as a family. It’s awkward at first - but as the rhythm sets in it becomes a good time together.

Family Prayer at the Close of the Day

I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest; for you, Lord, only, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

Psalm 134

1 Behold now, praise the Lord, * all you servants of the Lord,
2 You that stand by night in the house of the Lord, * even in the courts of the house of our God.
3 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary * and sing praises unto the Lord.
4 The Lord who made heaven and earth * give you blessing out of Zion.

A reading from Holy Scripture

You keep them in perfect peace whose minds are stayed on you, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord for ever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4t

or this

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely,
and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23

A period of silence may follow.

A hymn or canticle may be used.
(Play a praise song)

Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others. It is appropriate that prayers of thanksgiving for the blessings of the day, and penitence for our sins, be included.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Collect
Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Song of Simeon

Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, * according to your word.
For my eyes have seen your salvation, *
which you have prepared before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, *
and to be the glory of your people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; * as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Luke 2:29-32

Concluding Prayer
The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless us and keep us, this night and evermore. Amen.

[03/30/20]   Let’s focus on hope in the morning each day. When we do we’ll see all the good and have resilience to hear to bad! Join us in some morning liturgy! Words that have been said by millions for hundreds of years.

Family prayer in the morning

The following or some other verse of Scripture is said

O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall show forth your praise. Psalm 51:15

Psalm 51:10-12
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence, * and take not your holy Spirit from me.
12 O give me the comfort of your help again, * and sustain me with your willing Spirit.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

A reading from Holy Scripture -

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 peter 1:3

or this

Give thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. colossians 1:12-14

or this

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. colossians 3:1-4

A period of silence may follow.

A hymn or canticle may be used; the Apostles’ Creed (page 75) may be said. Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Collect
O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that, guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

01/11/2020

The Christian Post

Song is good - very hard to listen to but really good!

“The last couple of months have been the hardest I’ve ever faced. Thank you for the love and support. Part of my process has always been to write about the things I’m going through, but this went to a whole new level. What started out as getting some of my thoughts and feelings about losing my firstborn son down on paper, ended up a song,” TobyMac said.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/tobymac-pens-honest-heartfelt-song-21-years-after-sons-death.html

recoveringhopedfw.com 12/29/2019

A Little Piece of the Puzzle

A Christmas Puzzle We just celebrated Christmas and a few days after the New Year we celebrate Epiphany. The revelation of Jesus to the world. Do you think Mary and Joseph had any idea what they were in for? Oh, they knew the Messiah was born to them, but as a baby? What now? They knew he was Emmanuel, God with us, and Messiah, the Redeemer of the world, but what do they do with this baby today? [ 991 more words ]
https://www.recoveringhopedfw.com/2019/12/28/a-little-piece-of-the-puzzle/

recoveringhopedfw.com A Christmas Puzzle We just celebrated Christmas and a few days after the New Year we celebrate Epiphany. The revelation of Jesus to the world. Do you think Mary and Joseph had any idea what they we…

bravefulsummit.com 12/03/2019

The Braveful Summit

This is a great FREE resource! Online interviews with amazing, compassionate people!
Definitely worth the time!!

bravefulsummit.com Empowering Women After Betrayal

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recoveringhopedfw.com 11/30/2019

Help Me Level Up

Pornography use and sexual compulsion is on the rise. To date, 15 states have passed resolutions declaring pornography use as a public health crisis. Why does porn use continue to climb? Pornography is a 3 stage engine. It’s easily available It’s anonymous It’s free. This unlimited accessibility to hyper-stimulation feeds into a person who is looking for a way to cope with overwhelming circumstances. [ 275 more words ]
https://www.recoveringhopedfw.com/2019/11/29/help-me-level-up/

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recoveringhopedfw.com 11/21/2019

Turning My World Right Side Up

Turning My World Right Side Up - a follow up to last week's blog post.
https://www.recoveringhopedfw.com/2019/11/21/turning-my-world-right-side-up/

recoveringhopedfw.com Part 2 of last week’s post where I discovered a nagging/hidden thought labeling me as worthless and trash…read that post by clicking here. No one made me think this way. I adopted this attitude to …

christianitytoday.com 11/21/2019

Scripture and Neuroscience Agree: It Helps to Lament in Community

As Siegel explains, “The brain is a social organ, and our relationships with one another are not a luxury but an essential nutrient for our survival.”

christianitytoday.com Through song, liturgy, and communion, the body of Christ inhabits the suffering experienced by its weakest members.

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11/10/2019

WE ALL ONE PEOPLE featuring KJ-52

Great timely new song! Worth the listen!

10/03/2019

Judge Tammy Kemp Gives Amber Guyger a Bible After Botham Jean Murder Trial

And the judge comes down to offer life!! This woman is loved - just as we are! Judged and forgiven - what a picture of true mercy!

Kemp gave Guyger a Bible and directed her to read John 3:16 after official sentencing.

09/25/2019

IT’S TIME!! Tomorrow I begin the first step in my certification of a betrayal trauma coach!! (Jennifer)
Thank you for all your support and prayers!
I get to put a form to all God has taught me!!
Please support our work in the area of sexual addiction and spousal betrayal! It important!
https://www.paypal.me/sharedlife

08/29/2019

Willing for the good of someone else.....LOVE

When we say “love,” it’s often a vague reference to a sentimental warm fuzzy. Instead, I want us to think about love as “to will the good of another.”

In 2 Samuel, when Mephibosheth—the son of David’s friend Jonathan and grandson of David’s enemy Saul—stands before David, he is afraid. Mephibosheth is a complete loser and David is the indisputable king. But David’s will is bent to do good, so he offers Mephibosheth a place at the king’s table for the rest of his life.

Mephibosheth is surprised by the generous, extravagant, uncalculating love of David, which is kind of a type of God in Christ. David sought out Mephibosheth, not to harm him but to love him as the son of his covenant friend, Jonathan.

David willed Mephibosheth’s good.

Dallas Willard writes: “Love is the concrete devotion to someone’s good or wellbeing. It’s not sentimental abstraction. It involves compassion, a concern for the struggles of others. It only happens well when we’re sure God loves us in this way. Thus, rich in love, healed by love, made free in love, we are transformed into an overall condition in which our embodied social self is poised to practice the goods of human life that are within the range of our influence.”

As we talk about love in this way, I suggest that you sit with this: “Jesus, oh, how I will your good. Oh, how my will, the posture of my heart, is bent toward your good.” This can include feelings of love toward Jesus. But it can’t be reduced to that.

What is core to “Jesus, I love you” is “Jesus, I will your good. I will what the Father is doing in and through you.”

08/27/2019

What do you do with Power?

We have a long list of powerful men using their power to sexually exploit women, from Hollywood to Washington, D.C. to the Church. We are getting to the point where we’re all sick of it—not only the exploited women, but men who have any compassion in their heart at all.

I hope for the sake of women that this dehumanizing behavior will come to an end. But this is not ultimately about sex. It's not ultimately about skin color or body parts. This is about power, who has it, and what you do with it when you have it.

Let’s keep it real: If we get past the salacious details of the sex that’s usually involved in these exploitations, hidden in all of our hearts are less salacious, non-sexual ways of exploitation, all day, every day. Often, usually in small ways, we use our comparatively small power to exploit, to get our way, to harm others in the pursuit of our own desires. If we're honest, the bent of our will is often not to do good when we have power, but to exploit.

We are often afraid of people in power, and for good reason. But today, let’s turn the focus on ourselves and use our best discernment to answer this question: “What do I do when I have power?”

08/14/2019

Todd Hunter - great read on how God transforms suffering.

The Apostle Paul was adept in the spiritual art of seeing God’s good purposes working out in the difficulties of life.

This is tricky, so pay attention. We are not talking about a sort of denial. Adversity for Paul was real and painful. He never said that suffering and evil are good, nor did he say that God is the author of them. Rather, he said something like, “God transforms it for good.”

Again, this doesn’t mean that all the difficulties of understanding God and suffering are suddenly solved. Christians aren’t meant to wear fake smiles and pretend that hardship is pleasant. Paul actually names and acknowledges his difficulties like being chained up in prison.

I think Paul’s secret is perspective. Paul is able to make sense of a certain scene in a movie by placing it in the context of the whole story. It’s not just wishful thinking. It’s deep conviction that in the resurrection, God takes all that’s brutal and horrible, real-life human suffering, and transforms it into the salvation of the world.

Think of Paul seeing that truth in the links of his chain. He knew the Jesus story, and he was bound to a guard so he couldn’t go anywhere. But Paul knew that in the same way God transformed the suffering of his own son, God was transforming Paul’s suffering. Through his suffering, the gospel was going out for the sake of the world.

nicabm.com 08/09/2019

A Traumatized America: Weeping with Those Who Weep - NICABM

Perfect Love - Christ’s love in us - can cast out fear - let’s go love our neighbor and make our communities a less fearful place!

nicabm.com Gun violence in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas have added to the number of people suffering from trauma. Here is a way to help your traumatized client using guiding imagery.

07/27/2019

Ever wondered about a space for those who don’t want anything to do with God - Bishop Todd has a few thoughts

When we think of the final judgment and hell, what comes to mind is a kid getting in trouble and going to timeout. God’s judgment is not God coming to be mean. It is him putting things to rights.

When I think of his judgment, I think of God coming to say, “Ladies, there will be no more abuse. Not in my new world.”

Or, “Guys, never again will you be reduced to a function. Not in my new world.”

Of course, not everyone will be happy about this. For people who are intent on abusing women, dehumanizing and using others, people who essentially don’t want to have anything to do with God, God has made a space for them in the cosmos—what the Bible refers to as Gehenna, Hades, Hell.

As C.S. Lewis points out, there are only two kinds of people in the world: Those who say yes to God and his judgment of what’s good, or people who, in the end, God says yes to them. I think it's helpful to think of it this way. If people don’t want anything to do with God, he’s created a space for them—but it’s not with him and the people who love him and what he’s up to.

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