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Shared Words

As a community, we share words and actions that encourage, challenge, and speak to the faith we are working out in our own lives.  It’s important for you to know that participating in the Convergence Community doesn’t mean you have it all figured out or that you are certain of all the words that might be shared as a community.  We speak (live and act) these words as a gathered people–in hopes that what we share can lead working out our salvation.

Continue to work out your salvation, with great fear and trembling, 13 because God is energizing you so that you will desire and do what always pleases Him.” – Paul wrote to the Community in Philippi (2:12-13)

Our hope is to faithfully live in the tension of staying true to a commitment to follow Jesus, but not equating that movement with certainty and finality.  We believe following Jesus makes room for uncertainty, mystery, and even doubt.  Therefore, we hold our “orthodoxy” generously and with open hands.  We must be open to movements and shifts — never concluding or fully wrapping things up.  In our openness, we invite a continual growth in and awareness of God.

Some shared words within our community life include . . .

 

The Apostles’ Creed (ca. ad 215)
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. AMEN.

 

The Jesus Prayer
Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me.

 

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer (an excerpt)
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

 

Saint Francis Prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 

Words at Communion
Christ body broken, for us.
Christ blood poured out for our forgiveness.