Of Water and Spirit

Disciples in the Community of Christ

We Believe

Spirit of the Living God (CCS 567)
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Centering in God's Presence:

We light this candle as a symbol of God’s illuminating presence. We pause to remember how everything we do and say in these moments is happening in the context of God’s presence in and with us. As we prepare to enter a time of sharing we remember how holy listening with one another is itself a spiritual practice, a healing act, and draws us together in oneness and peace.

Opening Prayer

Reading:

To believe is a whole-heart thing. It is a “this is worth my life” thing. It is a rooted substance in the soul, with permeable boundaries, hospitable to questions, and the deepening they bring.

To believe is to find a surprising strength, commitment to what matters most, even when it collides with what you most fear. It is the urge of integrity when injustice looms.

To believe is to set my heart on, to direct my life toward; it is the anchor I cast when seas of uncertainty swell wild in the soul.

To believe is to un-know. It is to not make an idol as substitution for what is real. It is more than a string of words, more than any ritual that claims to contain it. It is the deepest down thing that maybe you don’t yet know how to say.

It is to grow in attention to the holy refusing stagnation, to the unexplainable love-presence, embracing unseen. It is to follow wherever the Living God leads.

To believe is a whole-heart thing. It is a “this is worth my life” thing. It is the most compelling thing that invites me to live beyond my fear.
Shawn Mendes - Believe (Official)

Sharing: "When my willingness is greater than my fear." What do you believe?

Scripture Meditation

When your willingness to live in sacred community as Christ’s new creation exceeds your natural fear of spiritual and relational transformation, you will become who you are called to be. The rise of Zion the beautiful, the peaceful reign of Christ, awaits your whole-hearted response to the call to make and steadfastly hold to God’s covenant of peace in Jesus Christ. —Doctrine and Covenants 164:9b

Closing Prayer