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Living the Blessing Way

06/18/2017 – 07/16/2017

A joyful exploration of what it means to see blessings in the world around us every day. This series is inspired by Celtic Spirituality and some Celtic Blessing poems written by Beth A. Richardson. Rather than parroting flat, comfortless platitudes that fail to reach us in our own ordinary, messy contexts, how can we proclaim gratitude and grace for God’s unshakable presence in our lives?

June 18 – Blessings in Each Moment – Psalm 113:1-4 & 104:19-23
July 2 – Bless to Me – Psalm 148:7-12 & 42:1-4
July 9 – Blessing the World – Psalm 103:1-5, 20-22 & 31:1-8
July 16 – Celebrating Presence – Psalm 139:1-6,13-18

celebrating presence

Celebrating Presence

One of the legacies from St. Patrick whether he actually wrote it or not is the prayer known as St. Patrick’s Breastplate. It is an ancient form of prayer for protection on a journey and is also a personal statement of belief. The prayer reminds us that God in Christ is ever close to us. God is Present with us. (Psalm 139:1-6,13-18)

blessing the world

Blessing the World

Pelagius and Augustine, two 5th Century men, had quite an impact on Celtic Spirituality: one defined what it is, and the other what it is not. In 664 a synod was convened at a monastery in Whitby where the clashing theologies were debated. King Oswig decided in favor of the Roman mission, and gradually the Celtic stream of spirituality became less influential. Celtic Spirituality never died out totally in Britain and their blessing prayers were passed down orally from generation to generation. Many of them were collected together in the late 1800’s. (Psalm 103:1-5, 20-22 & 31:1-8)

bless to me

Bless to Me

“Bless to Me” is a strange phrase to our ears. When we pray this phrase we are asking God to make this moment right now holy and sacred so that we will be able to see and feel God’s presence in the moment. We are delighting in the “small things,” in the everyday objects and routine happenings, and moving through the day deliberately noticing everything around us. (Psalm 148:7-12 & 42:1-4)

blessings in each moment

Blessings in Each Moment

Celtic Spirituality is grounded in a way of living that observes and celebrates the ordinary acts and encounters of life. Living the blessing way means living by giving continual praise and thanks for the holy moments in our lives. Today, we are thinking about the rhythms in our lives: our daily rhythms and the rhythms of the season. (Psalm 113:1-4 & 104:19-23)