Prepare the Way

By Rick Maupin, Council of Twelve Apostles

Generously share the invitation, ministries, and sacraments through which people can encounter the Living Christ who heals and reconciles through redemptive relationships in sacred community. The restoring of persons to healthy or righteous relationships with God, others, themselves, and the earth is at the heart of the purpose of your journey as a people of faith.  Doctrine and Covenants 163:2b

What would it be like to live in an area that did not have someone serving in the priesthood office of evangelist? Community of Christ members and friends in the Dominican Republic have known what it is like.

However, through the commitment and dedication of Fred Cole, an evangelist from Harlingen, Texas, and Presiding Evangelist David Brock, members and friends in this tiny Caribbean nation now also know the “ministry of blessing.”

Recently Fred and David traveled there to teach classes about the ministry of the evangelist and the sacrament of the evangelist blessing. David gave evangelist blessings to several members during his recent visit.

This marked the first sharing of this sacrament with Dominican Republic members of the church in their home country. Your contributions to World Mission Tithes prepared the way to make this possible. Thank you for responding faithfully and giving generously.

Prayer for Peace:

God who blesses us, may we also bless one another. May we be instruments to restore relationships with you and one another. May we remain a people of faith, on the path to peace in our world.

Spiritual Practice:

For this body prayer, we will use simple postures with phrases from Doctrine and Covenants Section 163. Create a bowl with your hands, close your eyes, and meditate with the phrase, “God the Eternal Creator weeps.” Imagine your bowl catching God’s tears. End this posture by emptying the container over your head and being anointed by God’s tears.

Create a large circle with your arms as if hugging someone and meditate with the phrase: “God yearns to draw you close so that wounds may be healed.” End by placing your hands over your heart.

Now create your own body posture of openness to God and meditate on the phrase: “Be vulnerable to Divine Grace.” Say amen by bowing to God with palms together.

Peace Covenant:

Today God, I will bless as I have been blessed.

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