Where is God in the Ordinary?

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God in the Ordinary

In our life at Commoners Wesleyan Community we champion the presence of God in the ordinary. Ordinary Time in the Church calendar is a significant part of who we are. In a world that’s about noise, hype, the pursuit of bigger and better, and where so many expressions of spirituality are seeking lights, cameras, and action I believe we’re in … Read More

Pause, Wait and Be Silent

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This time of year can be a mad rush. In Aotearoa New Zealand, Christmas sits within our summer holiday so all the arrangements of time off work, a long time off school and the festivities of Christmas and New Year all come together in a perfect storm. It can be stress central. Advent speaks to that. With only hours to … Read More

Psalm 3: God’s Help in Times of Trouble

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Psalm 3 is usually attributed to David in the time when he was running from his son, Absalom (2 Samuel 15), so the opening words are fitting and I’m sure this wasn’t the only time as king that he expressed the same sentiment about having many enemies. I would imagine many in high positions have thought the same thing – … Read More

Psalm 1: His Law

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Today I started a commitment in my morning silence and devotion time to work my way through the Psalms, one each morning from the beginning to the end. My commitment during that time is to use an approach to reading more akin to Lectio Divina rather than my usual way of reading scripture. So it’s more like a contemplative form of … Read More

Contemplation is the Key

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… contemplation is very far from being just one kind of thing that Christians do: it is the key to prayer, liturgy, art and ethics, the key to the essence of a renewed humanity that is capable of seeing the world and other subjects in the world with freedom – freedom from self-oriented, acquisitive habits and the distorted understanding that … Read More

Humility and the Difficulty of Silence

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As some background for those who aren’t familiar with my practice of silence, read here and here. I’ve been engaging the practice of silence for a few months now. It involves a focused 20 minutes most mornings within my hour of prayer. It started out with an attempt at half an hour, but that was proving too difficult. It’s not … Read More