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JUL 21, 2014 - Visual Epistles
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Prayer as The Gift of Presence

Prayer as The Gift of Presence is the first session from The Art and Practice of Prayer , a 7 film series on embracing divine presence. Also the first collection from our new "Poieō Series: Liturgy That Shapes and Transforms." (The word poieō in Greek means “to make” and “to do.” This is where we get the word “poem.” Poetry comes through the creative process that we put into our lives, our relationships, our most intimate connections. This series is a collection to stir our deep longing to set our lives into the rhythm and meter of an eternal song).

Why do we pray? Is it to get something that we want? What if our desires deceive us, and our true longing is for something deeper, something more profound? Rich Rohr starts our conversation on prayer by talking about the “gift of the Holy Spirit.” For Rohr, this is the answer to the question, “Does God hear us?” Is this answer enough?

Watch the film. Consider the questions. (DOWNLOAD HERE). Comment below.

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This discussion will be facilitated by Phuc Luu, theological and philosophical writer for TWOTP. He is a professor of theology and philosophy in Houston, Texas.

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We believe there is an alternative narrative to the prevalent narrative of scarcity and fear. We believe God is moving and is behind an alternative narrative of abundance and freedom, a narrative in which fear gets defeated and love wins.

We believe God’s narrative requires we altǝr our perspective, that we step, in faith, into God’s upside down reality. In God’s reality we listen for, live and speak God’s upside down voice of faith, hope and love, not striving for ourselves but serving our neighbor. For all these reasons, this is Altǝr.

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