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SEP 02, 2014 - Visual Epistles

Prayer As Listening

Prayer as Listening is the seventh 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).

Much of the time prayer involves talking, but there is an element of listening that is often neglected. Perhaps a better way to start our time in prayer is through hearing the “voice” of God. This voice is not so much an audible voice, but it is a quiet affirmation that we are the beloveds of God. It is the voice that Jesus heard from God and it is a voice that speaks to us. However, the busyness of life often drowns out this voice. Activist and author, Phileena Heuertz talks about how we can hear God’s voice and change how we think about prayer.

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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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