Ancient Practices

Phyllis Tickle

As Christians, we have forgotten that we are citizens of two kingdoms.   We are citizens of this world, and of the Kingdom of Heaven.  They are not the same roles, and at times, they are very often in conflict.  We need to live our lives to show that our citizenship of the Kingdom of Heaven is absolutely undeniable.

  • The Spiritual disciplines are the way we make our citizenship clear to ourselves and others. 

3 Disciplines Govern the Body

Tithing, Fasting, the sacred meal

4 Govern Time

Sabbath, fixed hour prayer, liturgical calendar, Pilgrimage

  • The governance of time is the way we keep from being captured by time.  We give rhythm to our time.
  • Fixed hour prayer. 7x a day do I praise thee. 
  • Govern the week: Sabbath
  • Keeping of the Liturgical year

The business of Pilgrimage 

You can’t intellectualize holy places, you embrace them as Faith, and a faith experience.  Take a pilgrimage to the places where Faith has been actualized by years and the prayers and faith of the saints.

Fixed Hour Prayer involves the business of praying every 3 hours

Benedictine Rule   You are not thinking the words you made up.  You are praying vertical and horizontal. You are praying to God side by side with the rest of the church.  When one time zone stops, the next one starts.  Very cool

Being a white middle class woman is one of the hardest places to be.  Living with no need does not drive the depths of your own spirituality very far.  Do not demean the attempts at sacrifices, because these are the first attempts to say “no” to self.  Discussion about “why” is very important. 

How do I push them past giving up chocolate?  Remind them that their sacrifices are just ordinary proof that they are a kingdom citizen.

Formation to become a Kingdom Citizen is the point.  Other people are not the point.  We learn the pledge of allegiance, we learn to salute the flag, we learn the Star Spangled Banner…all part of shaping our citizenry.

Every 500 years the church has a giant garage sale.  We give away everything  that we don’t like, and go back to romanticize “how good it was” back in the day.  This is why the new emergence is happening.

  • Glen Stal- Anglican prayer book was 7 weeks best seller in Ireland
  • John Franke-the plurality of Christianity

It is hard as anything to be transcendent in an old bowling alley (speaking of Emergent churches using anything for a church building)

When we lost the village church, mystique disappeared.  The offices are an aesthetic thing.  They make the places beautiful, and the places they are done in draw beauty from their surroundings.

I loved Phyllis and her passion to make “Kingdom Citizens”.  I’ve got lots and lots more thinking to do about what she had to say today.

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