Following Up and Moving On

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The Pattern for Prayer seminar went well, in my opinion. I was very please with the presentations and believe the time praying with the Friar was a time of closeness with God.

I do believe using the prayer beads is an incredible discipline for developing a deeper practice of prayer and a tool to move toward the deepest most intimate forms of contemplative prayer.

I have received a bit of negative feedback. I say negative, only in the sense of how it bothered an attendee.

In my lecture I used the words, Protestant rosary. I was corrected and told to call them Christian prayer beads. I consider the Catholic Rosary as being Christian prayer beads. However they are different from the Anglican Rosary we were studying. In many ways the beads are seeking to reclaim some of the commonality we share with Catholic Christians. The ancient church has much to offer our age in was of formation in a time of too much information.

This too, brought up a concern. It was reported to me that I was “stealing from another tradition.” No, I am not stealing. I am contributing and expanding on a new tool while giving full credit to the group in Telephone, Texas who develop the beads for prayer.

I do not sell the beads, nor use them in any commercial capacity. I make them and give them away. I also, see to write prayers for people to use these beads in their spiritual lives.

So, I accept the negative feedback as an opportunity to reflect, discern, and follow my heart as I continue to seek to do no harm and give as much as I can to help others grow.

Blessings………..

Keep feeling the beads and they will lead you to feeling and experiencing God in prayer.

Anglican Rosary for Hurricane Irma

Cross:
Gracious God, you the LORD rule! You are robed in majesty—You are robed, clothed with strength. Yes, he set the world firmly in place; it won’t be shaken. Your throne is set firm for a very long time. You are eternal!
LORD, the floods have raised up– the floods have raised up their voices; the floods raise up a roar! But mightier than the sound of much water, mightier than the sea’s waves, mighty on high is the LORD! (Ps. 93:1-4 CEB)
No place is safer than being near to your heart oh God.

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Invitatory Bead: (taken from GuidePosts website- Rick HamlinPosted in Power of Prayer, Oct 29, 2012)

I pray for the safety of those in low-lying areas and the wisdom of our leaders who must make decisions like whom to evacuate and when to close down roads and bridges. I pray for those whose electricity lines are threatened and those who lose power.
I pray for the rescue workers who are on call during a storm and the people who have left their houses, crowding into schools and churches, calling on the good will of their neighbors. I pray there is enough food and water and batteries and flashlights and gas. I pray that roofs hold and sump pumps work. And I pray for peace for all those with frayed nerves. I pray for your grace and mercy.
*I pray people know, “No place is safer than being near to your heart, Oh God.”

Cruciform Beads:
But he got up and gave orders to the wind and the violent waves. The storm died down and it was calm. (Lk. 8:24 CEB)

Weeks Beads:
Because he will shelter me in his own dwelling during troubling times; he will hide me in a secret place in his own tent; he will set me up high, safe on a rock. (Ps. 27:5 CEB)
Or
But let all who take refuge in you celebrate. Let them sing out loud forever! Protect them so that all who love your name can rejoice in you. (Ps. 5:11 CEB)

Benedictory Bead:

Lord’s Prayer

Cross:

“May God give you…For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”

Irish Blessing

Update on Patterns of Prayer Seminar

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For those who are interested, the early registration fee of $25 has been extended up to the day of the Seminar and payment will be accepted at the door. If you need a scholarship, please let us know. We want anyone and everyone who is interested in using the Anglican Rosary (Protestant or Christian prayer beads) to have the opportunity to attend.

(This picture above is a sample of the beads you will be making)

Also, if you are interested in Spiritual Direction, we are now accepting new directees. Please contact us by email at: lovethelord2@icloud.com for more information.

The Gospel Lived

Cross

God of promise and praxis, we seek, out of our thankfulness for your grace, to be living cups of Good News to be poured out on all we encounter. Glory be to God

Introductory Bead

O Good News God, may I proclaim your holy gospel by compassionately caring for others in my daily routines; by enjoying everyday events and unexpected fun times by confidently surrendering to situations by my control; and, most of all, by rejoicing in the knowledge that each moment holds a fresh start, a new beginning. May your gospel take root in my heart, and may I proclaim it in all the ways I live. Amen

Bridget Haase, OSU

Cruciform Beads

But they went out and proclaimed the message everywhere. The Lord worked with them, confirming the word by the signs associated with them.     (Mk. 16:20-1:1 CEB)

Weeks Beads

Preach the word. Be ready to do it whether it is convenient or inconvenient. Correct, confront, and encourage with patience and instruction. (2 Tim. 4:2 CEB)

Benedictory Bead

Lord’s Prayer

Cross

Our Lord gives us hope, hope that can overflow to all. Praise be to God

Bless to Me

WIN_20170621_15_05_06_ProBless to me the beads I string, the beads I string. to guide in prayer and open the heart. Bless to me this hemp I knot, hemp I knot. Each knot a reminder, of our need for You. Bless to me this cross of silver, cross of silver. What a gift of love, you have given so lovingly to us.

Cross

Jesus is Lord, let his reign of love drench us in his grace.

Introductory

Lord, bring your Good News to of God’s kingdom of love and grace, peace and hope to our hostile, often uncivil, world. You alone, Lord, are the one who can restore and renew, revive and redeem.

Cruciform beads

Pray that Jerusalem has peace: “Let those who love you have rest. Let there be peace on your walls; let there be rest on your fortifications.” For the sake of my family and friends, I say, “Peace be with you, Jerusalem.”For the sake of the LORD our God’s house I will pray for your good. (Ps. 122:6-9 CEB)

Weeks Beads

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid. (Jn. 14:27 CEB)

Benedictory

The Lord’s Prayer

Cross

Bless us, oh God, with a love that compels us to love. Bless us, oh God, with a desire not to rule, but to serve. Bless us, oh Lord, in order that we may be a blessing. Amen

 

A Prayer During Times of Physical Pain

Cross

O God. early in the morning {this day} I cry to you.
Help me to pray,
and to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Introductory Bead

Jesus Christ is my comfort.
It is you who created us all.
There is only you, One God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
to who homage and praise are due.

Januarius of Cordova

Cruciform Beads

Why am I always in pain? Why is my wound incurable, so far beyond healing? You have become for me as unreliable as a spring gone dry! (Jer. 15:18 CEB)

Weeks Beads

Crying out in a loud voice, Jesus said, “Father, into your hands I entrust my life.” (Lk. 23:46 CEB)

Benedictory Bead

Lord grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change
the courage to change the things I can
and the wisdom to know the difference.

(Serenity Prayer)

Cross

I cannot bear this alone;
I know I am weak.
But your strength will keep
me from falling.
The prayers of others will
uphold me in my time of need.
I cannot repay such mercy;
to offer my life is only right.

(John Ri)

A Blessing from the book by Beth Richardson. This is a book well worth you time. It is also offered as an Upper Room E course.

God, your peace, Your comfort, Your healing presence. Send them into The places of deep sadness, The wounds, The disappointments, The tears and aching hearts. Touch the tear-lined cheeks With your kiss of peace. Hold your child close, Child full of sorrow. Hold your child close, Child all alone. Bring comfort and healing, Balm for broken hearts, Freedom from fear, And courage to face forward. You are the Miracle Worker, The Great Healer, The Mender of the Breach.

Richardson, Beth. Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings (p. 59). Upper Room Books. Kindle Edition.