Your Infinite Essence – A Journey into Spirit (PDF)

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YOUR INFINITE ESSENCE – A Journey into Spirit

A seven-week liturgical guide with everything you need to make the transition from Pentecost to Ordinary Time creative, inspiring, and meaningful. It’s a breath-taking journey deep into the presence and work of Spirit within each one of us. And it teaches us to tap into Spirit’s gifts in every facet of our lives as we navigate this complex and challenging world.

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For those who lead worship gatherings (in-person or online) in faith communities around the world, Sundays come around with a relentless regularity. Sometimes that continuity is inspiring and energising, particularly in the joyful festivals of the Liturgical Calendar. But when it comes to the second half of the year—when we enter into Ordinary Time—it can feel like we’ve used up all our inspiration. In these times, every Sunday can become a struggle as we strive, once again, to design a spiritual practice for our community that is inspiring, transforming and faith-building.

And that’s why I am so excited to offer you this new Liturgical Guide: YOUR INFINITE ESSENCE.

This liturgical guide gives you everything you need to make the transition from Pentecost to Ordinary Time creative, inspiring, and meaningful. It’s a breath-taking journey deep into the presence and work of Spirit within each one of us. And it teaches us to tap into Spirit’s gifts in every facet of our lives as we navigate this complex and challenging world.

The seven weeks of this guide are based on the Revised Common Lectionary readings for Year B from Pentecost Sunday to Proper 9B. But the particular approach adopted in Your Infinite Essence adds a wonderfully different perspective to these readings and how they can speak into our lives.

With prayers, reflections to inspire and guide your preaching, a Table Liturgy for the Eucharist, and guides for small groups and personal devotions, Your Infinite Essence will empower you to make the first weeks of Ordinary Time just as creative and inspiring as any of the great festivals of the year.

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Your Infinite Essence contains the following seven chapters:

Chapter One: Your Infinite Essence is…SAFE

Our ability to overcome suffering is one of our most remarkable human capacities. While we thrive when we have safe spaces in which to go about our lives, our greatest sense of safety comes from within us. There is no outward refuge that can ever keep us completely safe. But there is an internal safety that can often be enough to sustain us even when there is little security in our world…

Chapter Two: Your Infinite Essence is…CREATIVE

We cannot deny that our spirituality is the source of our creativity and it flows through every aspect of our lives including (or perhaps especially) our sexuality. We cannot be more spiritual by trying to be less sexual, less connected with our capacity for desire, or less creative. Our creativity is one of our most profound, powerful, and life-giving expressions of our spiritual nature…

Chapter Three: Your Infinite Essence is…STRONG

It can be impressive to witness great physical feats of strength, but we all know that there is an inner strength—an ability to keep standing in the face of suffering, a capacity to love and forgive in response to persecution, and a determination to bring goodness into the world even when we have few resources—that is much more remarkable. It is this inner strength, this resilience, this gentle power of compassion and integrity that we find when we connect deeply with Spirit…

Chapter Four: Your Infinite Essence is…LOVED

A significant portion of our spiritual practice should be directed toward nurturing our emotional health and forming our hearts and our subconscious in positive, liberating, and life-giving ways. Our heart connection with Spirit is essential to our emotional, psychological, and physical health and it is a deeply important facet of our spiritual intelligence. At the centre of this quest for emotional health is our capacity to give and receive love. For Christ, love is the most important manifestation of our spirituality…

Chapter Five: Your Infinite Essence is…EXPRESSIVE

Spirit comes to us as a divine communication, the voice of God that reminds us of our belovedness, our value, and the unique reflection of God that we offer to the world. When we connect deeply with Spirit, we often find that our throats are opened, our voices are strengthened, and we discover a new drive to express ourselves. This is not an egocentric need to be heard and seen. It springs from a recognition that we have a contribution to make, that our voice matters. And it flows from a desire to bring our full, God-created, God- beloved selves into our relationships, our work, and our presence in the world…

Chapter Six: Your Infinite Essence is…CONNECTED

When we learn to see beyond the surface we are better able to understand and connect with the people around us. Insight gives us new knowledge about our world and connects us more deeply with the mysteries of the cosmos. It makes our self-reflection much deeper and more detailed which connects us more deeply with ourselves. And seeing with the ‘third eye’ ignites our imagination and leads us into a deeper connection with reality as it is and also with the possibilities of what our reality can become….

Chapter Seven: Your Infinite Essence is…DIVINE

The point is for us to recognise that the Divine is not separate, not judging us and finding us wanting. Rather the Divine Spirit is within us, loving us, and always leading us into a deeper awareness and experience of our own divine essence. In Christ we see the truth of our humanity as infused with God. And in Christ we see the truth about God as incarnate, filling the entire created order. And, as Athanasius said, “He became what we are so that he might make us what he is.”


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