Centered in God, Not in Ourselves

To grow in the freedom to fully love God and others requires growing in the capacity to “de-center” from our selves and “re-center” in God. It is a death and re-birth experience. The successful practice of this approach frees us from the domination of our individual ego and enables us to awaken to a sense of the self rooted in God through Jesus Christ. This new sense of self does not result from the abolishment of our former humanity but rather its transformation and fulfillment. The goal is what the Apostle Paul meant when he declared, “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20 ).

Thus while life in the Spirit is deeply personal, it is not individualistic. Spiritual practices like deep prayer and sacrificial service enable us to de-center, to yield to and persevere in God in the face of pain, disappointment, confusion, and disorientation. They provide structure and support for being radically open to the Spirit and the Spirit’s formative work in us in an ongoing and consistent way, one that must be rooted primarily in faith. Without faith, we are trapped in our separate, limited selves—centered in our own limited, self-referential understanding. But by laying that aside and trusting God by faith, we are open and present to God and the divine action in and through us.

Our New Self in God
Growing Closer to Christ

Scripture Readings for Sunday, February 25

First Lesson Genesis 17:1-7
Genesis 17:15-16
Psalm Psalm 22:22-30
Second Lesson Romans 4:13-25
The Holy Gospel Mark 8:31-38
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Upcoming Events

22
Feb
Date: 22 February 2018
Kathy Hulin Ravi Zacharia's book The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives. Participants will read a chapter per week to engage in discussion. Scripture studies will be

24
Feb
Lakeland
Date: 24 February 2018
Saturday Eucharist

25
Feb
Lakeland
Date: 25 February 2018
Sunday Rite I Eucharist

25
Feb
Lakeland
Date: 25 February 2018
Sunday Rite II Family Eucharist 8:50 a.m.

25
Feb
Date: 25 February 2018
Mark your calendars for this important community event at Lake Hollingsworth ( the meeting point is First

26
Feb
Date: 26 February 2018
Mondays 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Moses Hall

28
Feb
All Saints Episcopal Church
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Lakeland
Date: 28 February 2018
Wednesday Morning Bible Study with Fr. Reid

28
Feb
Lakeland
Date: 28 February 2018
OSL Healing Service

28
Feb
Date: 28 February 2018
Nave

28
Feb
Date: 28 February 2018
6:00 p.m. Youth Group (Separate MS/HD small groups) on the Youth Floor and 7:00 p.m. Youth Ensemble

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