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May It Be So - Week of July 26, 2020
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Hallowed be Thy Name
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version
Introduction from Kenton W. Smith
It may be any word or phrase that is most alive and pulls our heart toward God.
Most often there is an emotion, feeling or lifegiving energy that is aroused when
we savor our hearts name for God. We savor the name because no matter
the condition we are in whether good or bad this “hallowed”* name draws us toward God in love.
The mystics teach that “the desire for God is God” so equally the name our body and soul give God is also God active and present within us. When we have discovered our heart’s name for God we have found an intimate personal connection God wants with us.
Finally, a word of caution, this secretive name comes from deep within and sometimes when we share our most personal name others who hear it may not appreciate it, or question it, and may cause us to doubt our own experience. So, it is wise to protect this treasured name and share it carefully. If you are unsure about sharing the name you can always share the feeling, emotion, or experience the name brings up in you.
One of the most transformative moments of
my life came as I trained as a spiritual director.
I was invited into an exercise to discover my
own heart’s name for God. There is a
secretive name my body and soul call out to
God, but it was unknown to me. This name
was my deepest desire for God. The name
may be a traditional name such as Lord, Jesus,
Father, or it may be our own name for God
such as Mother, Desire, Love.
Exercise - Prayer of the Heart
Find a comfortable place to be silent and still and do nothing. Take slow complete breaths until you become centered and relaxed. Grow in awareness of God within and all around.
When you are ready,slowly repeat “Hallowed be your name.” No word or name is necessary here, your soul knows. Savor it slowly like melting a candy in your mouth. Notice what arises or comes to you (perhaps a word, feeling, emotion, image, or sensation).
Notice the word, feeling, emotion, image, or sensation that is most real, alive for you right now. Notice what pulls you toward God. See if you can express it in a word or phrase such as “_________________of my heart.”
4. Savor this expression. Say it to yourself while breathing in and out. Listen. Make it your own.
5. Sit quietly for a few minutes. What do you notice? What’s happening? Usually these notions are soft and require closer attention. See if you can write down what you experience when you pray your heart’s “name” for God. Offer your gratitude to God for this gift.
6. (For groups) Try to describe what you noticed when you savored your heart’s name for God. There is no wrong name only your personal experience as it comes to you. You do not have to offer your name for God (it may be kept secret) but try to share what happened when you savored the name (a feeling, emotion, sense, image, sensation, etc.).
*Try not to define hallowed. Let it be a mystery word that expresses the inexpressible about God.
May It Be So - Week of July 19, 2020
Lord's Prayer from Nicaragua
who are in this our land,
may your name be blessed
In our incessant search
for justice and peace.
May your kingdom come
for those who have
for centuries awaited
life with dignity.
May your will be done
on earth and in heaven,
and in the church
of Central American,
a church on the side
of the poor.
Give us today our daily bread
to build a new society.
Forgive us our trespasses,
do not let us fall into
the temptation of believing
new men and women.
And deliver us from
the evil of war,
and from the evil of forgetting
that our lives and
life of this country
are in your hands.
3. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we
forgive those who trespass against us.
Bring both hands to mouth
Turn left, extend left arm to side, palms up
Turn left, put right palm above left palm
Turn right, brushing to the right with palms down
Turn right, extend right arm to the side, palms up
Bring left arm over in circular motion, left palm touching right palm, left hand brushing left with palms down
Practice prepared by Alice Chiang
2. thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Extend arms out front, palms up
Turn palms down and make a circle
Bring arms to waist and extend towards heaven
Introduction from Alice Chiang
One of the places where I feel closest to God is the Outdoors, in Nature, our GREATER Church. There I can look up to the vast sky above and feel myself being part of something Grander and belonging to a GREATER Source. I can lift my head and my hands and feel "Our Father, who art in Heaven". It helps me be in touch with the Vast Mysterious Cosmos beyond and realize that we are all miraculously made of Stardust.
One of the ways I feel most Present and Aware is when
I am moving slowly and consciously. Movement Prayer,
especially when done outdoors, allows me to feel that my
Body and Mind are One. Eastern practices like Tai Chi and
Qi Gong, with their slow continuous movements, resemble
how the energy in our bodies and in the Earth naturally flow
harmoniously and continuously, without blockages. The
Celtic tradition teaches us to listen to the Sacredness of the
Earth, as we embody the Divine through Body Prayer.
During this period at Valley when Jenny is reflecting on the Lord's Prayer, she asked me to create a Body Movement for the Prayer. I have woven this simple body prayer, based on what I have learned from the Eastern and Celtic traditions, and I hope you will enjoy practicing this with me.
1. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.
With arms in front, lift arms up to heaven
Turn palms towards face, bring hands down,
pausing briefly around eyes
4. And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Turn head and body to left,
Extend both arms to the right and with stop motion
Turn head and body to the right
Extend both arms to the left, making a stop sign with both hands
5. For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Extend both arms out wide to the side
Bring arms overhead
Bring palms together and down the face and body
Finish with hands in prayer position at the heart