Friday, 18 April 2014

GOOD FRIDAY: GOOD NEWS 18.4.14

For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world,
but rather so that through Him, the world might be saved.

John 3:16-17

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)




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Thursday, 17 April 2014

MAUNDY THURSDAY: LAST SUPPER MANDATES 17.4.14

Tonight as we remember the mandates of Yeshua Jesus to His disciples
we look at some of the highlights of the Seder Meal the Jewish family has
when it celebrates the Passover
and compare them with the Last Supper Jesus had with His disciples
just before He went to the cross.

Here is Paul’s description of the Passover meal Jesus had with His disciples
before He went to the cross.
 from 1 Corinthians 11:23-25
 For  I  received  from  the Lord what  I also passed on  to  you:
The Lord  Jesus, on  the night he was betrayed,
took bread,  and when he had given  thanks, he broke it and said,
“This is my body, which  is  for  you;  do  this  in  remembrance  of  me.”  
In  the  same  way,  after  supper  he  took  the cup, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in  my blood;
do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”


The four cups that are consumed during the meal
symbolize the four distinct redemptions promised by G-d to the Hebrews 
as told in Exodus 6:6-7
four cups of wine to celebrate redemption and freedom
and are particularly pertinent to the sacrifice of Christ as the Lamb of God
slain for the sins of the world.
"Cup of Sanctification"
 as God set apart His people in Egypt
drink in remembrance that we have been set apart
by the Lord's sanctification
“Cup of Instruction”
tells the story of the cross and how it delivered us from bondage
“Cup of Redemption,”
Matthew 26:26-28 , Luke 22:14-20
"he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. 
He gave it to them and said, 
“Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, 
which confirms the covenant between God and his people. 
It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many."


{Andrea describes the Passover beautifully
with many of its implications to followers of Christ.}

The same is true of the unleavened matzah bread used in the ceremony,
even to the very way it is baked
unleavened ~ being without hypocrisy and sin
the bread of Life ~ Christ ~ John 6.48-51
being pierced and striped
broken for us
as is the middle matzah of the three at the Seder 
 Father Son and Holy Spirit
the broken matzah then wrapped in white linen
as was Christ

I pray your worship this Maundy Thursday
has deeply reflected the impact of Christ's mandates
of serving one another in humility
as He led by example in washing His followers feet,
His command to Love one another,
and the breaking of bread and sharing the cup
around the table of His remembrance ...


if you are interested in more on this,
Joe Amaral has been a wonderful resource of
First Century Foundations by dvd of Ancient Feasts
{free study guide available at his site}
and his recent release Understanding Jesus

which recognizes the cultural realities that impact accurate 
interpretation of scripture ~ excellent resources
 both book and dvd

Reflections continue tomorrow
as we worship our Lord
throughout Good Friday remembrances...




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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

EXODUS 6: PASSOVER


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"why is this night different from all other nights...?"


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I am Adonai. I will free you ... rescue you from their oppression, and redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.  I will take you as my people, and I will be your God.  Then you will know that I am Adonai your God..'  Ex 6.6

 On that day you are to tell your son,
‘It is because of what Adonai did for me when I left Egypt.

Exodus 13.8

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)


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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

LECTIO DIVINA: CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER 15.4.14



How to Practice Lectio Divina 

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First Movement – Lectio: Settling & Shimmering

Begin by finding a comfortable position where you can remain alert and yet also relax your body. Bring your attention to your breath and allow a few moments to become centered. If you find yourself distracted at any time, gently return to the rhythm of your breath as an anchor for your awareness. Allow yourself to 
settle into this moment and become fully present. 
Read your selected scripture passage or other sacred text once or twice through slowly and listen for a word or phrase that feels significant right now, is capturing your attention even if you don’t know why. 
Gently repeat this word to yourself in the silence. 
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Second Movement – Meditatio: Savoring & Stirring 

Read the text again and then allow the word or phrase which caught your attention in the first movement 
to spark your imagination. Savor the word or phrase with all of your senses, notice what smells, sounds, 
tastes, sights, and feelings are evoked. Then listen for what images, feelings, and memories are stirring, welcoming them in,
and then savoring and resting into this experience. 
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Third Movement – Oratio: Summoning & Serving

Read the text a third time and then listen for an invitation rising up from your experience of prayer so far.  Considering the word or phrase and what it has evoked for you in memory, image, or feeling, what is the invitation? 
This invitation may be a summons toward a new awareness or action. 

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Fourth Movement – Contemplatio: Slowing & Stilling 

Move into a time for simply resting in God and allowing your heart to fill with gratitude for God’s presence in this time of prayer. Slow your thoughts and reflections even further and sink into the experience of stillness. Rest in the presence of God and allow yourself to simply be. Rest here for several 
minutes. Return to your breath if you find yourself distracted. 
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Closing 

Gently connect with your breath again and slowly bring your awareness back to the room, moving from inner experience to outer experience. Give yourself some time of transition between these moments of contemplative depth and your everyday life.  Consider taking a few minutes to
journal about what you experienced in your prayer. 


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© Christine Valters Paintner – excerpted from Lectio Divina—
The Sacred Art: Transforming Words and Images into Heart-Centered Prayer
(SkyLight Paths Publishing)
– feel free to share this with attribution 
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Monday, 14 April 2014

SOUNDTRACKING: PAOLO NUTINI 14.4.14

Starting the week off with MUSIC TO MOVE us!
I've enjoyed finding a variety of music loving bloggers
where we can share our music loves and likes and links.

Today I'm featuring a fav  - Scottish singer musician

Paolo Nutini
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His new album, Caustic Love, releases TODAY - 14th.4.14

Time to get your dancin' shoes on ...

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[ these two off the new album ]


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and a lovely slow dance to send you on your way...


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Caustic Love is Paolo's first record since 2009's 

Sunny Side Up, his 5xs platinum-selling

number one album and follow up to These Streets.

Adele, tweeted a link to a video of Paolo performing

 one song live, saying it was

"one of the best things I've ever seen in my life
hands down."  I'd agree !

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Hoping you've enjoyed the dance at FHC and have some
great choices to add to this week's soundtrack .


Musical Mondays

Monday Music Moves Me

Tuesday Tunes




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Sunday, 13 April 2014

IT'S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? [ BOOKS & AUDIOBOOKS ] !4.4.14


Almost embarassed to be linking up this week with only minimal time and 1 audiobook completed !

Frustrated with my kindle at not downloading my galleys -
not sure what the issue is and no time to pursue.. yikes!

Hoping to read you've had excellent reading opps but not tempt me with more to add to the stacks ok? !!
ya, right!

I finished Carola Dunn's 1920's mystery via audiobook
DEAD IN THE WATER
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A unique turn in the conclusion creates interest in the
sharp thinking of our lovely Daisy Dalrymple, journalist 
and sleuth.  One more review waiting for my time to
multiply into writing as well as all the other demands -
especially as we now begin Holy Week progression to
Easter!

Enjoy any reading breaks you nab and peace
to all pursuing remembrance of Christ's journey from
rejection to resurrection...

ps- don't miss the rare eclipse of the moon
Tuesday night / Wednesday 2-3.30 a.m. ET !
Should be amazing !!

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

InSPIREd PALM SUNDAY FEATURE: CHAPEL OF THE HOLY CROSS Sedona AZ 13.4.14

Welcome to InSPIREd Sunday 
for this Palm Sunday  6th Sunday in Lent

FHC is guest hosting today for the InSPIREd blog meme
where you'll find a wide variety of  church architecture featured
each weekend by bloggers around the world.

Today's feature is the Chapel of the Holy Cross located in Sedona Arizona.


Built on the buttes with a westerly view overlooking Sedona Arizona,
the Chapel of the Holy Cross was completed 58 years ago in April 1956.
With its universal appeal, it is a must see attraction in Sedona. 
The unique location offers breathtaking views of the majestic Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte and much of the eastern rim of Sedona.




The chapel was originally inspired and commissioned by local resident of Oak Creek AZ, rancher, artist and sculptor, Marguerite Brunswig Staude.  After experiencing a recurring vision of a cross on the newly completed Empire State Building, NY, in 1932 and  throughout the 25 years that followed, the cross became a recurring theme.  Inspired to build a skyscraping cathedral in Europe, Marguerite secured the assistance of architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.  WWII’s outbreak forced cancellation of their plans and the decision to build in her native region.


Richard Hein was chosen as project architect, and the design was executed by architect August K. Strotz, both from the firm of Anshen & Allen. The chapel is built on Coconino National Forest land; the late Senator Barry Goldwater assisted Staude in obtaining a special-use permit. The construction supervisor was Fred Courkos, who built the chapel in 18 months at a cost of US$300,000. Ground turning in 1955 began the Chapel of the Holy Cross, completed in April 1956.

via Steven W Dengler

Chapel of the Holy Cross was built 250 feet above the valley, sheltered by the thousand foot twin pinnacle spur known as the Twin Buttes.
The American Institute of Architects gave the Chapel its Award of Honor in 1957. In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona.



In the sculptor Staude's words, "Though Catholic in faith, as a work of art the Chapel has a universal appeal. Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come to life in the souls of all men and be a living reality."  A mosaic tile dove inlays the approach to the entry.  A plaque at the entry quotes “Peace to all who enter here”.



The interior of the chapel is spare, in deference to the awe inspiring beauty of Creation evident outside the window fronting the altar and again at the rear of the chapel as one exits. The cross is central and dominant in the space. Simple bench seating, walls adorned with tapestries depicting Old Testament prophets, candelabras and flickering red votives create a serene, contemplative sanctuary.  




Yours to Enjoy ~ a brief 3 min Chapel of the Holy Cross video tour
Plus 381 additional visitor photographic views  HERE
[ My favourites are the beautiful views as one exits the chapel ]

Chapel of the Holy Cross was the first contemporary structure built as a Catholic church, and belongs to the parish of St. John Vianney in Sedona and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.   It is open from 9am to 5pm daily and closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, Good Friday and Easter.  Visitors are invited to attend a brief evening prayer service on Monday evenings at 5pm.
The steep climb from the parking area requires use of caution and comfortable shoes. There is a parking area at the top for the physically challenged.

Find unusual Historic background regarding past uses of the Chapel HERE.

Thank you for visiting today and sharing the beauty of
Chapel of the Holy Cross in its InSPIREd setting!


May your Palm Sunday worship be a
Blessed time of 
remembrance and celebration.


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