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Embracing New Rhythms: Cultivating Habits of Worship in the New Year at SPB

Embracing New Rhythms: Cultivating Habits of Worship in the New Year

Embracing New Rhythms: Cultivating Habits of Worship in the New Year

As the new year unfolds, it presents a time of reflection and anticipation. The community at St. Paul's & St. Barnabas is encouraged to create new habits and rhythms of worship, aligning their lives more closely with God's word. C.S. Lewis aptly reminds everyone, "Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done." This resonates deeply as the congregation embarks on a journey of faith anew in this new year.

To support this journey, here are several resources to foster a regular rhythm of scripture engagement and worship:

Crossway ESV Podcasts

Crossway ESV Podcasts offer an accessible way for anyone to engage with the Bible. Whether commuting, exercising, or relaxing, these podcasts provide a convenient means to listen to God's word.

The Bible Project Reading Plans

The Bible Project's Reading Plans are excellent for those who appreciate a visual approach. The plans are accompanied by insightful videos that make the scriptures more engaging.

Bible Gateway Reading Plans

Bible Gateway's Reading Plans offer a variety of thematic and structured approaches to Bible reading, catering to different preferences.

Ligonier Ministries Bible Reading Plans

Ligonier Ministries' Bible Reading Plans provide options ranging from a few weeks to an entire year, suitable for both new and seasoned readers of the Bible.

YouVersion Bible Reading Plans

YouVersion's Bible Reading Plans offer a digital approach, ideal for those who prefer to engage with the scriptures via an app.

Vanderbilt Divinity Library Revised Common Lectionary

Vanderbilt Divinity Library's Revised Common Lectionary provides a structured way to read through the Bible, following the liturgical calendar.

Alpha Bible

Alpha Bible is a great resource, especially for those new to the Bible or looking to revisit the fundamentals of Christian faith.

It can be a challenge to find time and sapce for Bible reading amidst life's busyness. Yet, immersing in the scriptures is beneficial for spiritual and mental well-being, reminding of God's love through Christ and the meaning of living for Him. The church emphasizes that making time for what is valued is crucial, especially for discipleship, worship, and church life. Prioritizing time for God's word is essential, and the church is committed to creating more space for these practices in the year ahead.

A healthy church thrives when both individuals and the community are deeply engaged with the Word of God. The Cranmer rhythms of the prayer book and the lectionary cycle play a vital role in guiding the collective journey in faith and worship.

In conclusion, as John Piper astutely observed, "If you don't feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great." The church encourages everyone to make ample room for the great – the essential reality of the scriptures in life with Jesus.

Let us in the joy of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit commit to reading the Bible individually, join the midweek Bible study, and seek to grow in God through prayer. Embracing these new rhythms of worship together will nourish souls and strengthen the community in Christ.

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