Epiphany 4: Sunday, February 1

Readings: Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 6:25-34

We know Jesus’ words in Matthew so well, “Don’t be anxious about your life…” And yet, so often, we find ourselves sinking in anxiety or worry.  The Lord knows this, and desires to teach us about our worries and anxieties even as His Spirit transforms our hearts to trust more deeply in his goodness.  But it’s a process… and for some of us a daily one!

  1. Take a moment to review the past 24 hours with our God who deeply loves you.  Play the last 24 hours like a movie in your mind – who you talked to, what you did, what you experienced.  Ask the Lord to bring to mind moments where you might have been anxious or worried about something.  What was it about these things that made you feel anxious or worried?  Talk with the Lord about these things, asking him to teach you about your own heart.
  2. Paul encourages the Colossians to “set your mind on things that are above”, later describing these as “compassion, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness… and above all, love” (Col 3:2, 12-14).  He also encourages them to “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,” and to allow “the Word of Christ to dwell in you richly” (Col 3:15, 16).  Perhaps cultivation of these virtues are antidotes to worry and anxiety. 
  3. Ask the Lord how these things “from above, where Christ is” (Col 3:1) might be connected to the list of worries or anxieties you have had over the last 24 hours.  Maybe the Lord is leading you to deeper compassion or to revisit forgiveness for someone, or maybe he is asking you to claim again the promise that he will care for you.  Spend some time meditating on the truths he reveals to you in these scriptures, asking his Spirit to draw them more deeply into your heart.

An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus’ Rhythms of Work and Rest 

What if following Jesus were also about living a life like His in relationship with His Father?

Think about how Jesus frequently got away to a quiet place to simply be alone with Abba. Consider, too, that Jesus was unhurried enough to pray, unhurried enough to care, unhurried enough to discern and then go wherever the Father was leading Him.

Join us for this conversation about Jesus’ invitation to consider a less hurried, more abundant way of life.

AlanFadling.headshotAlan Fadling

(M. Div., Fuller Theological Seminary) is Executive Director of The Leadership Institute in Orange, CA, training Christian leaders to integrate spiritual formation and leadership development. He serves as a frequent speaker and consultant with local churches and national organizations such as Saddleback Church, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Halftime Institute, Apprentice Institute and Open Doors International. He is the author of An Unhurried Life (IVP 2013), a Christianity Today Award of Merit winner in spirituality. He serves as editor of the “Honesty About the Journey” section in Conversations Journal. He is a certified spiritual director. He lives in Mission Viejo, California with his wife, Gem, and their three sons.

Date: Friday March 13, 2015

Time: 7pm-9pm

Location: Vanguard University, The Forrest Room, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa

R.S.V.P.: beth@myholytrinitychurch.com

Newport Beach Listening Group: Sunday, February 22

Newport Beach Listening Group: Sunday, February 22, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the home of Jerri & Mark Gerard: 28 Cape Woodbury, Newport Beach 92660.

Please RSVP:  to Beth Khorey with your intention to attend one of these groups and specify date and location. beth@myholytrinitychurch.com

 


January 14, 2015

Dear Church Family,
The people of God, in community, have a long and deep commitment to listening to the Holy Spirit for guidance:

Acts 13: after fasting and praying the Holy Spirit sent out Paul and Barnabas…

In Acts 15, it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and the community to guide the life of the church in certain ways…

Sometimes Spirit-guidance comes spontaneously or intuitively—other times it must be sought in conversation and prayer. This is such a time in the life of Holy Trinity Church.

On February 6 & 22 we are hosting two identical “meetings for clearness”, two set aside times in different locations to discern what the Spirit is saying to us.  This gives you opportunity to pick the time and place that works best for you.

The conversation will begin around these themes:

  1. What do you discern about the transition of Holy Trinity to our next five years? Reflect on things such as our current growth, need for staff, a more permanent home for worship, vision, community, etc.

 

  1. What do you discern about our needed development in outreach? Reflect on possibilities for evangelism, mission and local outreach.

 

  1. What do you discern, in the spirit of the Parable of the Talents, about how we can be increasingly faithful in our gift of spiritual formation through our values for thoughtfulness, quiet and beauty?

 

  1. How can we more fully cooperate with what God is already doing in and through Holy Trinity?

This is not a church politics process; it is not about my agenda or yours—though we might actually have some edifying agenda.  But in the case of these specific meetings, I look forward to hearing your heart as it is shaped by listening to the Holy Spirit in the context of our community.

Peace
Todd Hunter

Tustin Listening Group: Friday, February 6

Tustin Listening Group:  Friday, February 6,  7:00 – 9:00 pm at the home of Zona McKibben:
13451 Prospect Ave., Santa Ana 92705

Please RSVP:  to Beth Khorey with your intention to attend one of these groups and specify date and location. beth@myholytrinitychurch.com

 


January 14, 2015

Dear Church Family,
The people of God, in community, have a long and deep commitment to listening to the Holy Spirit for guidance:

Acts 13: after fasting and praying the Holy Spirit sent out Paul and Barnabas…

In Acts 15, it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and the community to guide the life of the church in certain ways…

Sometimes Spirit-guidance comes spontaneously or intuitively—other times it must be sought in conversation and prayer. This is such a time in the life of Holy Trinity Church.

On February 6 & 22 we are hosting two identical “meetings for clearness”, two set aside times in different locations to discern what the Spirit is saying to us.  This gives you opportunity to pick the time and place that works best for you.

The conversation will begin around these themes:

  1. What do you discern about the transition of Holy Trinity to our next five years? Reflect on things such as our current growth, need for staff, a more permanent home for worship, vision, community, etc.

 

  1. What do you discern about our needed development in outreach? Reflect on possibilities for evangelism, mission and local outreach.

 

  1. What do you discern, in the spirit of the Parable of the Talents, about how we can be increasingly faithful in our gift of spiritual formation through our values for thoughtfulness, quiet and beauty?

 

  1. How can we more fully cooperate with what God is already doing in and through Holy Trinity?

This is not a church politics process; it is not about my agenda or yours—though we might actually have some edifying agenda.  But in the case of these specific meetings, I look forward to hearing your heart as it is shaped by listening to the Holy Spirit in the context of our community.

Peace
Todd Hunter