The Call to Intimacy with God

The Gospel addresses all of reality, every aspect of our lives, but it has within it a call to intimacy with God. This might be called “the heart part” of the Gospel. It’s God’s desire for intimacy with us and ours for intimacy with him. We need to get the heart part right. God calls for us, through Jesus Christ, to be united with him, and we need to respond. This begins as spiritual listening with the heart and develops as a desire to know God fully and fully enter into God’s love. It is made possible by a dying and emptying of self and the developing experience of the infilling of God’s love. It is a practice of abiding in Christ, and through it a transformation of mind takes place, a change of consciousness. This dynamic sharing of God’s nature recreates each of us and opens us to the mind of Christ and life in the Spirit. It draws us to be expressions of God’s love and action in the world. We seek to be established in union with God and recognize God’s presence and action in all the aspects of our lives. As the Apostle Paul prays in Ephesians 3:19 (ESV), we seek "to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that [we] may be filled with all the fullness of God."

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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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