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Prayer Practice #5: Handwriting Scripture/Prayers

During this fortnight, Matt will be posting about some different prayer practices to help us continue our exploration of prayer and fasting. The posts will be short and, for the most part, practically-focused. Handwriting Scripture/Prayers Just as we tend to absorb more from lectures or sermons when we take notes, so too do we absorb […]

Prayer Practice #4: The Active Prayer Practice

During this fortnight, Matt will be posting about some different prayer practices to help us continue our exploration of prayer and fasting. The posts will be short and, for the most part, practically-focused. The Active Prayer Practice The active prayer involves a phrase drawn from Scripture, comprised of five to twelve syllables. The pray-er says […]

Prayer Practices #3: Centring Prayer

During this fortnight, Matt will be posting about some different prayer practices to help us continue our exploration of prayer and fasting. The posts will be short and, for the most part, practically-focused. Centring Prayer Centring Prayer was simplified into a method in the 1970s by three Trappist monks at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Massachusetts, […]

Prayer Practices #2: Lectio Divina

During this fortnight, Matt will be posting about some different prayer practices to help us continue our exploration of prayer and fasting. The posts will be short and, for the most part, practically-focused. Lectio Divina This ancient practice has enjoyed a resurgence in recent times, including amongst Protestants. Lectio Divina literally means “divine reading,” and […]

Prayer Practices #1: The Examen

Over the next fortnight, Matt will be posting about some different prayer practices to help us continue our exploration of prayer and fasting. The posts will be short and, for the most part, practically-focused. The Examen The Examen, based on the writings of Ignatius of Loyola, is a practice of prayerful reflection on the events […]

An inclusive church?

Anyone is welcome to come to church. Anyone is welcome to come to our church at Hope. Black, white, Tongan, Korean, Anglo, student, retired, gay, bi, straight, depressed, confused, excited, addicted, uncertain, young, old, child (actual or at heart), loud, noisy, shy, radical lefty, devoted conservative, local, tourist, or wanderer by. Come along on Sunday, […]

Fasting: Learning to Desire Differently

Consumer culture has shaped us into a people who have almost no limits on our desires. Indeed, our current political system treats purchasing more and more things as a right—nay, a responsibility!— one that ensures the economy is successful. Political philosopher Charles Taylor describes this cultural mindset that has captivated us in the West: Everyone […]

Praying the Psalms

As a congregation we’re taking up the challenge to pray and fast for the next three months as we listen for God’s message to us. There’s a range of ways you might choose to engage with this challenge – after all, we are each in difference spaces and rhythms of life. Wherever your life is […]

Prayer and Fasting

It has been a fruitful period of learning for us as a church to consider holiness. Not as a special virtue for us to aspire to; but as a fundamental calling and marker of all who would follow Christ. And therein lies the major clue – it is primarily not connected to our existing virtue […]