Prayer can be a difficult discipline and practice for us in the craziness of life. One of my favorite things to do is to meditate on and pray through scripture. A helpful structure for this practice is Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina is a traditional monastic discipline that approaches God’s Word not simply as a textbook, but as His living and active scripture that continues to work in us to this day. Feel free to engage the following prompts on your own or in community.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

~Ephesians 3:14-19

1st Reading //Simply read the passage out loud slowly and intentionally. Take a minute or two to pause and soak in the verses.

2nd Reading //Read the passage out loud and listen for a word or a phrase that the Holy Spirit is highlighting for you. Write down what stood out.

3rd Reading //Read the passage out loud again, and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal His intention for you personally around what stood out. I encourage you to also write that down and put it into practice this next week.

I hope this is a simple and helpful way for you to grow in your passion for God, compassion for others, and wisdom in your day to day practices. 
See you Sunday!

Mike DeFrees. The Park Midtown Parish Pastor

October Upcoming Events

20th // Starting Point

27th // Missional Partner Sunday

New App Launched

The Park recently launched its new app. This app serves as a means of equipping the church to do the works of ministry through providing information and teaching. This app has all the latest upcoming invitation sign ups. To download the new app you can click here.

Trauma Informed Care | October 20, 12-2p

Please Join us for a training in partnership with South Texas Alliance for Orphans. This training is a trauma basics training that teaches the reasons behind misbehavior in kids from hard places. The training also includes some practical tools for caregivers/teachers to use in their classrooms. Lunch will be provided. Childcare reimbursement is also available. Sign up here.

Men’s Prayer

Men’s Prayer takes place in Midtown and MacTerrace every 3rd Friday evening of the month at 8 pm and in Oak Meadow on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 8pm. These are parish specific prayer meetings. To sign up to be contacted by a parish pastor with details and reminders you can click here.

Starting Point

Starting Point is a Sunday afternoon workshop where you will learn more about the Park’s story, core values, and vision. You will not only engage the Park’s journey during this time, but also how these same values have impacted and shaped your life in Christ. This is an All Parish event which simply means that individuals from each of our network’s church expressions will be in attendance which is meant to reinforce our overall mission to join God in the renewal of the city. Join us October 20th 1-3 PM at the Impact Guild for Starting Point. To sign up you can click here.

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