THE WAY OF LOVE
Practices for Jesus-Centered Life
An Adult Study beginning September 15, 10:00 am via zoom.
Led by Deacon Stephanie
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In the first century Jesus of Nazareth inspired a movement.
A community of people whose lives were centered on Jesus Christ and committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial, and redemptive love. Before they were called “church” or “Christian,” this Jesus Movement was simply called “the way.”
What is the Way of Love? The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is a return to the ancient pathways and Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. They knew the power of commitment to a core set of practices – Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest – and the power of gathering in a small group where you find love and support for living into these commitments. If we hope to not only worship Jesus but to grow more like him and bear his redeeming love in the world, we can adopt a rule of life like the Way of Love and find a community with which to practice it.
Please join Deacon Stephanie for an 8 week study to explore The Way of Love as a way of life. We will meet Tuesday mornings via Zoom at 10:00 AM. More information about how to access zoom will be coming. In the meantime, if you are able, download the free version of zoom onto your computer from www.zoom.com.
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Today I believe our vocation is to live as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. But how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?
The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a “Rule of Life.” The frame-work you now hold – The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life – outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.
Your brother in the Way of Jesus,
The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry,
Primate and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church