This Sunday, December 1st, we'll be worhiping w/ our brothers & sisters at Kaleo & Anchor Gaslamp churches. They have merged their churches & I believe they will be called "Soma San Diego"
We'll be meeting at the San Diego City College…below is more detailed info:
City College – Educational Technology Center (B above) – Close to the corner of Park & Russ blvd., directly across street from McDonalds
Time: 11:00 am
Parking: There is street partking on Park blvd., B Street & Russ Blvd. There's also a parking lot off Russ Blvd, completely OK to park there for this event
See you then…contact us if you have any questions…thanks..
This week becuase of Thanksgiving we won't be meeting at our regular Thursday night spot. Instead we'll be gathering Wednesday at the new Stone Brewery tasting room downtown . Some of us, (w/ kids), we'll there at 5:30'ish, come then or any time after. According to Stone, since they do not serve food, you are more than welcome to bring in your own. See you then…
Where: (right next door & directly north of the Santa Fe Depot)
1202 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
When: This Wednesday the 27th, anytime after 5:30
Join us for a 6-week series/study/practice/family time, Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:00, Nov 7th through Dec 12th, at Will & Tina's house, M2i, East Village. The format each evening will be a shared dinner then the study; the goal is to become skilled at 3 things: (1) how to ask for & listen to someone’s story/spiritual journey, (2) how to tell our story, especially in relation to God, (3) how to tell God’s grand story.
Here’s a further description from the Living & Telling curriculum site we’ll be using:
You have a story to tell. Did you know that? From the moment you took your first breath, your life began to unfold as a series of stories that make up who you are today. And then, when your story merged with God’s great story, you became part of God’s grander plan for the unfolding story of the kingdom.
Do you know how to share your story with others? Do you know how to invite others into God’s greater story for their lives? The Living and Telling curriculum can prepare you and others to share the hope of God’s story through the simplicity of connecting through story and dialogue
The Living & Telling six-session curriculum offers a story-based approach to personal evangelism. You might wonder why we take that approach.
Well, one reason is that stories have always been with us. Our ancestors told stories to retain the oral tradition of their history when the printing press didn’t yet exist. The Bible is one long story that spans the beginning to the end of time. Jesus told stories to connect the people who followed him to the good news of the kingdom.
Even today, we are surrounded by stories through books, movies, blogs, reality TV, and the news. We connect with others in conversation usually through the sharing of stories. Stories are so much a part of us; they’re practically programmed into our DNA.
What’s more, our stories reveal a lot about our search for God. Whether we know it or not, we begin this search early in life as we look high and low for the peace that will truly satisfy us. Every person’s story includes this search for peace—which is really a search for God—and this search often results in one form or another of the five key motivational themes:
- Theme 1: Peace, satisfaction, or freedom from anxiety
- Theme 2: Success, significance, or finding one’s purpose in life
- Theme 3: Love, friendship, or freedom from loneliness
- Theme 4: Security, forgiveness, or an overall sense of well being
- Theme 5: Joy, happiness, or enjoyment of life
Can you identify the core motivational theme at work in your life before you found the peace that comes through Jesus Christ? Can you identify the core motivational themes at work right now in the lives of those around you? Might knowing someone’s core motivational theme affect the way you relate and share the hope of Christ with them?
The Living and Telling curriculum, in its story-based approach to personal evangelism, begins with these few basic principles. And over the course of six sessions, you and your group members not only learn these story basics and apply them to your own lives, but you also learn how to connect to others’ stories and share the greater story of God with them in natural, meaningful ways.
Address: 1050 Island Avenue, Unit 501, SD, 92101 – For more details email or call 858.344.4177. For planning purposes, please let us know if you're hoping to attend, thanks!
BELLS (Bless, Eat, Listen, Learn, Send) experimenting with a simple rule of order for our communal life
BELLS (Bless, Eat, Listen, Learn, Send)
Experimenting with a simple rule of order for our communal life.
Each Thursday during our collective gathering we will work our way through the liturgy BELLS. There are five parts to this liturgy and thus five different people will be responsible for preparing and leading our community gatherings. (or four w/ Learning & Sent being same person) My hope is that this would result in a deeper participation, and a richer gathering time as we use our giftings to bless the body. The plan is to try this liturgy as an experiment until December and then we will re-evaluate.
Note on time:
Blessing: Takes place before we eat. No longer than five minutes.
Eating: About 60 minutes
Listening: 15-20 minutes
Learning: 45 minutes
Sent: 5-10 minutes (for the most part Learning & Sent pieces done by same person)
Below is a breakdown of the Liturgy and some examples of how it could work:
BLESS Jesus has given us authority to bless one another in his name. Blessings are a powerful part of our ministry to one another. Therefore, every time we gather on Thursday someone will be responsible for preparing a blessing. You could bless an individual, a group, or the children etc.
A. If it is someone’s birthday (can group together birthdays if there are several during the month) you lead our community in a time of speaking words of affirmation towards that particular person. Maybe prepare a simple gift, write a poem, or gather photos to share.
B. If someone is getting ready to leave on a trip you could bless that person by praying over him or her. Feel free to get creative….use a Celtic prayer, scripture, or a piece of art.
C. If you know a particular person in our community needs some special encouragement you might consider blessing him or her.
D. You could bless the unique visions God has placed on the hearts of those in our community, etc.
E. For visitors or people we don’t know very well you could give a generic blessing drawn from Scripture, such as Paul’s blessing to the Ephesians, or from other sources, such as Celtic or traditional church blessings.
F. You could simply bless the meal in a creative way.
EATING. In our community we will eat together every Thursday night. This requires two or more people to participate on the meal team. We suggest preparing the meal together and thinking about simplicity, while still being creative and worshipful with the food you prepare.
LISTEN. After the meal we spend time listening to God. For most traditional churches this looks like worship through music. This can be very intimate and wonderful. However, there are many other ways we can hear from, and worship God. This can take place in a variety of ways.
A. You can lead the group in scripture meditation and have everyone journal their response. You could pick out a particular passage of scripture that helps us center our hearts on what we, as a community, will be discussing during our learning time.
B. Use a Guided Question(s) to gauge state of those in the room – listen to them, take note of their place in life
C. Lead our community in a collective art project that helps us listen to the voice of God.
D. Lead a short prayer walk. Direct them on what to pray about. They could all pray about the same thing, or the community could be broken into 4 groups and then each given a separate thing to pray through.
E. Lead our community in a time where we share what God has spoken to us throughout the week.
F. Prayer stations. For example, there might be 4 stations that each has a photo of a different country, neighborhood or ministry. The group is then asked to listen to God’s leading on what He has for that place or group of people.
G. Show a video that puts us in touch with God’s beauty and His voice.
Note: There could be an occasional Thursday where we ask someone to lead us in a musical expression of worship for this portion of our liturgy.
LEARNING. This is a time where someone leads us in the study of scripture/the story of God. We’ll have an assigned passage and guide, and/or curriculum
SENT. Whoever is leading this portion is charged with the task of reminding our community that we are a sent people. A great framework for thinking of our sent-ness can be found in the text that Jesus used to describe his own sense of being sent to the world (Luke 4:18-19: He came to Nazareth where he had been reared. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place. When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written, God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the burdened and battered free to announce, “This is God’s year to act!”).
A. Give time for a few to share how the shadow of God’s work was revealed in their sent-ness that week. You could ask a few to share stories about their work as healers, or truth tellers, or how they participated in God’s Kingdom work.
B. Use Holy Spirit Guided intercession. Ask the Spirit to reveal a name of a neighbor He wants us to bless in the coming week. This could lead to each person committing to writing that person a note of encouragement, praying for that person each day, or all contributing money toward a gift. End with a sending prayer.
C. Challenge the community to bless a non-profit in our neighborhood.
D. Create prayer stations that express our sent-ness. The world, San Diego, Tijuana, and our neighborhood.
E. Lead our community in a time of response/action to the passage that was shared that week.
Be creative! We each bring different talents, experiences, and wisdom to the community. Everyone will learn from the variety of contributions and expressions of faith.
(thank you to Nieu Communities San Diego & Rob Yackley for thier invaluable help w/ this process)
“Follow Me!” Jesus said these words to twelve men, 2,000 years ago and it changed the world. Today, we are given the same invitation: “Follow Me.” It’s an invitation to real life, the life God created us to live, and it’s the secret of true happiness. Following Jesus takes trust and courage, and it is the answer for those who are tired of just existing…join us for this series over the next couple of months as we explore this unique & special call of Jesus…
Starting Sunday September 1st, 2013
This coming Monday the 19th of August, our community is invited to attend the Padres vs. Philly game free of charge, courtesy of Will & Jan English. There is a limited amount of tickets (though can possibly get more) so please contact Will 858-243-4356 or Jan 858-204-9361 asap if planning to attend.
It's a 7:10 game & we might meet for dinner beforehand.
See you there…
This Sunday, 7.28, Icon will be gathering for our Sunday service w/ our brotha's & sista's from Anchor Gaslamp and Kaleo churches. We'll be continuing our series on Psalms, with discussion on Psalm 57, "A Song for the Blues." Here's the info on the service:
Time: 11:30 am
Place: 705 16th Street, SD 92101 / (our former location at the Snowflake Building)
Childcare: nursery age
See you there….
As we began our Series on Psalms last week, we kicked it off with one of the most beloved Psalms: 23. Like most, if not all Psalms, & the rest of scripture for that matter, true value comes from "sitting" w/ the writing before God, listening to what he has to say & honestly telling him where you are at. Below are links to musings on Psalm 23 from a friend, Larry Warner of "b" Ministries which provide guided meditations on the different parts of this divinely inspired poem which can help you know God more intimately; a fine goal indeed…