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CTK Update
Friday, May 22nd, 2020
The fifth step in the Daily Examen is to Look toward tomorrow.  Our past prayers of reflection, give way to a vision of what is in store.

Over the course of this week, we will be preparing for an online congregational forum on Sunday, May 24th at 11:15am to discuss our next steps forward as a congregation during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  We will be using the Ignatian prayer practice of the Daily Examen to help us prayerfully reflect together how the Spirit is active within our congregation at this time.  I invite you to view previous emails this week for more explanation and background to this practice.

See Introduction and Step 1 - Monday
Step 2 - Tuesday
Step 3 - Wednesday
Step 4 - Thursday
Ignatius encouraged people to talk to Jesus like a friend.  Each of the five steps this week can be prayed on your own, or in conversation with others.  Perhaps you simply offer prayers to Jesus in silence, maybe you could use a journal or scrap paper to write.  Your prayers could also be communal conversation with a friend, or your family or kids.  Know that Jesus is with you in whatever form is most comfortable for you.
Friday - The Fifth Step
Look toward tomorrow.

Ask God to give us light for tomorrow’s challenges. Pay attention to the feelings that surface as you survey what’s coming up. Are you doubtful? Cheerful? Apprehensive? Full of delighted anticipation or nervous doubt? Allow these feelings to turn into prayer. Seek God’s guidance. Ask God for help and understanding. Pray for hope.


As you pray today, simply take a moment to breathe and trust that the Spirit is with you.  What is the future that God is guiding us into?  A few reflections:
  • As you pray today, all of the pastors of the Rocky Mountain Synod will be gathering on zoom to review and discuss the proposed next recommendations regarding in person worship and congregational life.  I do not want to give you false hope.  It is extremely likely that at a minimum the recommendation will be that our congregations do not hold in person worship at least through the end of the August if not longer.  We will discuss these recommendations once they are made official, but we need to plan for a robust and meaningful digital/online worship life for the foreseeable future.
  • We will be addressing what other ways our congregation can adapt during this pandemic, and how we can lean on your creativity in order to continue to safely love one another and the community around us.
  • Many people and families in our congregation and broader community need care.  We pray for the Spirit's guidance in how to care for and inspire hope in one another.
  • Just as we have found new ways of worshiping and ministering these last two months, we will continue to do the same for the months ahead.  I am convinced that God is doing something new in us and through us, despite the grief and lament we may continue to face.
Each of our futures are different, but yet we are bound together in this community of faith.  Let us pray in this final step for our communal future, and for trust in the God who never leaves us alone, but guides us through these intense periods of loss, separateness and formation.

Pray that the light will continue to shine into the darkness of these days, and guide us into life.

Peace be with you today.
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