On Nov. 4-5, 211 Grace Church parishioners came together to explore what it means “live our faith” Retreat Purpose: • Explore what it means to “live our faith” • Come apart from daily life and be refreshed spiritually • Enjoy being with friends from Grace and get to know them better • Learn from each other • Learn what a group of Christians do “away from church”
We first sought to define what “faith” meant to us “What is Faith” Brainstorm
Ten Lepers Centurion’s Servant Paralytic Man Storm at Sea • Passage: Jesus cures 10 lepers, and only one returns to thank him, Jesus says “your faith has made you well” • Faith is... Spiritual wholeness through gratitude • Passage: Jesus heals the servant of a Roman centurion • Faith is... blind trust/ healing in abstentia • Passage: Jesus heals a paralytic man when four companions carry him through the roof • Faith is... a transfer of “command” • Passage: The disciples fear a storm and wake Jesus, he calms the waters and rebukes their lack of faith • Faith is... the trust to rebuke the chaos in ourselves that allows God to do his work And also explored faith’s role in scripture… Parables of Faith: What do we mean by faith?
Canaanite Woman Walking on the Sea Feeding the 5,000 Two Blind Men • Passage: Jesus heals a Caanite woman after she reminds him “even dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table • Faith is... seeing a friend in an enemy • Passage: Peter attempts to walk to Jesus on water, he loses faith and sinks • Faith... Makes something impossible, possible, “If you believe you can fly, wins will arrive” • Passage: Jesus uses five loaves and two fish to fead the multitude • Faith is.. like following Jesus’ command even though it seems irrational / receiving a surprise when in doubt • Passage: Two blind men call out to “the Son of David”, Jesus touches their eyes to heal them, and they disobey his command to keep quiet • Faith is... a gift that one can easily take for granted Parables of Faith (cont.)
Contemplatives: Deep with God, quiet, seeking God’s presence Community Builders: Help people find community and nurture the life of the parish Anonymous Saint: Go about business with a sense of call; operating out of faith Secular saints: Aware of injustice and feel people’s needs; want to change things Then explored how we choose to live our faith each day Quadrilateral of Evangelism – How do we choose to live our faith? Questions: • (Rel./Sec.) Do we prefer to seek God in heaven or by bringing God’s kingdom to earth? • (Ind./Soc.) Do we prefer to seek out God through a personal relationship or our community? • How do we choose to live today? How do we think we should? • What can we learn from each other? Religious Secular Individual Social Source: Loren B. Mead, 1994, Alban Institute
We ended the day reflecting on how we can “step out in their faith” tomorrow • How did Abraham, Moses, and Jesus provide examples on how to live? • What do we need to help sustain us and give us courage? • What can we do, today and tomorrow, to grow in our faith?
On Nov. 4-5, 211 Grace Church parishioners came together to explore what it means “live our faith” and spend time together as a community But what did we really do? • We explored “living our faith” together • We talked a lot! We ate even more! • We prayed for each other… in circles. We almost got it right. • We got to know each other better, and learned from each other • And we had fun! • Until next year… “For thousands of years we have gathered in circle – around fires, around bodies, around altars – because we can’t do this alone.”- Wayne Muller