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AUG 12, 2014 - Visual Epistles

Prayer As Communion Part One

Prayer as Communion (Part One) is the fouth 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).

How have we sometimes limited prayer to simply a verbal act? The word “communion” derives from two Latin words, communio (sharing in common) and union (oneness). It has the sense of “to share in order to be one” and often is applied to the sacrament of the Eucharist (the Lord’s Supper). However one interprets the Eucharist, it is a sharing of the God in order to join believers together in community. A broader view of communion is the joining together of people and God. It is this communion that we long to achieve in this digital age, but have failed to do so as well as we would like. 

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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