True City Conference 2015

Conference-2015-Bulletin-InsertCommon Collective 1I’m not the type of guy who enjoys going to church conferences, I find it hard to relate the info to my own context and It isn’t really my thing so you won’t often hear me advertising for one. That being said I never miss the True City Conference. I make a point of going ever year and tell as many people to join me as I can. This conference is different then the rest because it is all about being the Church in Hamilton. So don’t miss out on all the fun happening Feb 27-28th. You get your tickets here: http://truecityhamilton.ca/truecity-conference/

It is also worth noting that The Common Collective is going to be helping lead worship on the Saturday Morning of the conference. Look out True City here we come!

True City is a network of churches in Hamilton that believes it is better to be working together then apart. The Commons has been journeying with True City for years but officially joined as a covenant church in Nov 2014. You can read about our covenant gathering with True City here.

Over the Holidays

advent gathering Dec 14 - miranda cellSeems like no one is able to keep a regular schedule over the holidays, and that includes us at The Commons. Here is what is happening over the next few weeks with Sunday Gatherings.

Commons Holiday Gathering Schedule:

  • Sun Dec 28th, 6pm Movie Night Gathering
  • Sun Jan 4th, No Gathering – Instead we will be having a potluck supper at Matt & Jeanette’s place. Email thompsmr[at]gmail.com if you need direction
  • Sun Jan 11th, 6pm Worship Gathering 

Christmas Eve Gathering

Triangle Advent Poster copyYou are invited to attend The Commons’ Candle Light Christmas Eve Gathering. Wednesday December 24, at 6pm (26 Wilson St, on the upper floor of the Rock).

There will be hot apple cider, lots of carol singing (bring along your acoustic instrument if you want to play along), candle lighting and reflection on Jesus’ arrival to our little planet.

Commons Holiday Gathering Schedule:

  • Sun Dec 21st, 6pm Advent Gathering
  • Wed Ded 25th, 6pm Christmas Eve Gathering
  • Sun Dec 28th, 6pm Movie Night Gathering
  • Sun Jan 4th, No Gathering – Instead we will be having a potluck supper at Matt & Jeanette’s place. Email thompsmr[at]gmail.com if you need direction
  • Sun Jan 11th, 6pm Worship Gathering

Prayer of Examine – Supper Club Recap

The Supper Club 2014-2015Sorry for the delay on posting the recap for our Dec 1st Supper Club. Better late than never….

Andy Groen from GOHOP joined us and talked about the spiritual discipline of “Prayer of Examine.” He also talked combining this with “Confession.”

We were told that a Prayer of Examine is a series of questions you ask yourself so you can take note of where God has been active. Like any discipline, it needs practice and can feel contrived at the beginning, but as the discipline is learned and internalized a person might find that they can see where God is active more intuitively with out the formal period of examine.

Here are the questions Andy had us ask ourselves:

  1. What are you thankful for in this day?
  2. How and when did you experience God’s presence today?
    Lord, where were you present today?
    Lord, show me where you were and I didn’t Notice?
  3. Name one time today where it was difficult experiencing God’s presence?
  4. Is there anything the Lord is inviting you to confess?
    Is there anyone safe you can confess this to?

We were then encouraged to go home and Google some info about “Prayer of Examine” and to try to practice this discipline at least once a week for the next month.

As I did some Google searching, here is the first couple things I found written about the Prayer of Examine:

From CreativePrayer.com:

Make yourself comfortable, making sure your posture is relaxed and your breathing calm. Take a moment to be still and quiet. Ask God to be with you through this activity.

Spend several minutes thinking about your day. Go through each thing you did, the people you interacted with, how you spent your free time, where you went. Beginning to end.

Now, go through your day again and ask your-self; what was my attitude, how did I act or react?  Get specific.

Spend several more minutes going through your day once again, but this time look for where God may have been working: maybe in something natural, through you or another person. Ask yourself; did I join God, hinder God, or just observe? Did I notice at the time or only just now?

Spend a moment longer on this and ask God to show you anything you may have missed during the day.

There is a lot of info posted on IgnatianSpirituality.com. Here are the steps they suggest:

1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude.
3. Pay attention to your emotions.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
5. Look toward tomorrow

1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude.
3. Pay attention to your emotions.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
5. Look toward tomorrow. – See more at: http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen/#sthash.x1P9Lxtq.dpuf