The other day I was thinking about what other churches are doing to generate enthusiasm and growth. I'd like to start a new series of entries on this blog, appropriately titled "The Spotlight". This series would contain the great things that are going on in our churches within the Southern Maryland Emmaus community! I'm asking all church POC's to look around at some of the great things going on and send them to me and we'll figure out a way to promote these great activities.
With the issuance of new Reunion Group cards by the Upper Room -- in which the Prayer to the Holy Spirit has two word changes, we thought it a good time to share some background with regard to the Prayer to the Holy Spirit. The words that have been changed are in parenthesis, and is immediately followed by the new word. The revised prayer is, therefore, much more personal.
"Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in (them) us the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and (they) we shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy your consolations. Through Christ our Lord. Amen."
In explaining the format of the weekly group reunion, it is written, "The group begins the meeting by reciting the prayer on the card. The 'Prayer to the Holy Spirit' is a centuries-old prayer paraphrase of Psalm 104:30, which celebrates God's sovereignty over humanity and the Spirit's recreative work in this world.
The opening prayer is a reminder that the reason for meeting is not only to be with one another; it is to gather with openness to the renewing presence of the Holy Spirit. The prayer signifies the group members' recognition that the Spirit accompanies them in their daily walk and in their weekly gathering, just as the spirit of Jesus accompanied the two disciples on the walk to Emmaus that first Easter afternoon."
Ref: Emmaus Library Series booklet, The Group Reunion, page 17.
I just wanted to make a brief comment that this spring's Men's Walk went very well. I spoke with several members of the walk and the weekend Lay Director, Dean Gass, and everyone said it was a great time!
I was really impressed with the way all of the weekend activities went. They were very smooth, and it was quite evident that Len Lent and Chester Willett (and countless others) did a fantastic AGAPE job!