Our faith and our understanding of Church is often defined by how we view the nature of God. As people created in the divine image, we are called to seek an ever-growing knowledge of the nature of God and to let that knowledge shape our lives.
Mysterious and Majestic God, You are with us. Thank You for the gift of your transformational presence. By the power of Your Spirit, You’ve transformed the dust of earth into a living soul.
Center us in You as we launch out into the deep.
With each breath, fill us with your Spirit and cause us to be born anew.
With our lives, let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
With our hearts and minds, love through us so that we can wholeheartedly love one another.
Guide us, Holy Wonder, and reveal Yourself as the One who makes us One.
In the gift of this moment, we affirm that we are divinely loved and lovable.
We are the children of God.
Together, we will learn from the actions and words of one another.
Christ’s lessons on love are centered in how we treat others and in how we treat ourselves.
We will exercise courage in this study as we share stories of struggle and strength.
We will stay at the table and receive those stories with grace.
We will not be afraid to launch into the deep.
We will commit to the vulnerability necessary to allow God to break us open.
We will set and respect boundaries and honor confidentiality together.
When uncertainty arises, we will remember the Spirit of “peace that passes our own understanding” and can intercede for us.
We will remember that even when we don’t feel “United,”
The uniting love of Christ can reveal a pathway to greater
wisdom and mutual respect.
No matter what, there is a place for each one of us in this study together.
Let us hold each other up in prayer, hold each other accountable in love, and
trust that our God is making all things new.
Thank you for the gift of being present to one another in this holy time.
Genesis 2:4b-9; Genesis 3:1-13a and 21; John 1:14-18; 1 Corinthians 13
With Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling,
Bishop Easterling is the episcopal leader of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference.
HEAD & HEART DISCUSSION
PRAYER AND PATHWAY TO JOURNALING
Often, when we become reflexively resistant to what we’ve experienced through study, it is pointing towards an area worthy of more reflection and prayer. In this part of study, we invite you to examine your areas of resistance or struggle. Allow God to reveal how transformation can occur in those areas.
Use these open-ended questions to facilitate your introspection:
"There is one God." Mark 12:32 - April 9, 1789
“God has been pleased to reveal only some of his attributes in his word. In the Bible, we learn that God is an eternal Being. As he ever was, so he ever will be; as there was no beginning of his existence, so there will be no end.
“Nearly allied to the eternity of God, is his omnipresence. As he exists through infinite duration, so he cannot but exist through infinite space; according to his own question, equivalent to the strongest assertion.
“This one, eternal, omnipresent Being is likewise all-perfect. He has, from eternity to eternity, all the perfections and infinitely more than it ever did, or ever can, enter into the heart of man to conceive; yea, infinitely more than the angels in heaven can conceive; These perfections we usually term, the attributes of God.
“And he is omnipotent, as well as omnipresent; there can be no more bounds to his power, than to his presence. He does whatsoever pleases him, in the heavens, the earth, the sea, and in all deep places.
“The omniscience of God is a clear and necessary consequence of his omnipresence. If he is present in every part of the universe, he cannot but know whatever is, or is done there. His eyes are not only "over all the earth, beholding the evil and the good;" but likewise over the whole creation, even the paths of uncreated night. Is there any difference between his knowledge and his wisdom? If there be, is not his knowledge the more general term, (at least, according to our weak conceptions) and his wisdom a particular branch of it; namely, the knowing the end of everything that exists, and the means of applying it to that end.
“Holiness is another of the attributes of the almighty, all-wise God. He is infinitely distant from every touch of evil. He ‘is light; and in him is no darkness at all.’ He is a God of unblemished justice and truth; but above all is his mercy.
“This God is a Spirit; not having such a body, such parts or passions, as people have. God ‘called into being all that is;’ created the heavens and the earth, together with all that they contain.”