Presence Takes Practice (& vice versa)

Presence Takes Practice (& vice versa)


Psalm 46

Chris Breslin

“Silence is not the absence of something, but the presence of everything.” –Gordon Hempton

“God’s presence is the central fact of Christianity.” –A.W. Tozer

“The Psalms not only insist that we are called to live at the intersection of God’s space and our space, of heaven and earth, to be (in other words) Temple people. They call us to live at the intersection of sacred space, the Temple and the holy land that surrounds it, and the rest of human space, the world where idolatry and injustice still wreak their misery.” –N.T. Wright

“[the seas’] waters roar and roil, mountains heave in its surge…a stream, its rivulets gladden God’s town.’ –Robert Alter’s translation of Psalm 46

“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” –Psalm 46 from The Message

“God is always present, but usually not apparent.” -Craig Barnes

One Square Inch: A Sanctuary at Olympic National Park

Silence and the Presence of Everything (Gordon Hempton on On Being)

The Story of John Cage’s 4’33” (NPR Music)


Genesis 1-2

Genesis 26:24

2 Samuel 6

1 Kings 6

John 1:1-14

Matthew 20:20-28

John 2:1-12

Matthew 6:7-14

Isaiah 61

Luke 4:14-19

Matthew 19:14

Matthew 26:11

Revelation 21:1-5

Psalm 139

Luke 22:47-53

Philippians 2:1-11

Songs for Today’s Worship Gathering:

Our God is Present by White

Let Them Praise the Name of the Lord by Harris/Crawford

Higher Ground by Oatman/Gabriel

God With Us by Ingram/Jordan

Steadfast by McCracken/Jordan/Silverberg

Be Still (Psalm 46) by Crawford


Series Resources:

Faithful Presence: How to Embrace the Presence of Jesus and Shape our Communities for Mission (Free Online Lecture Course from Tampa Underground)

The Year of Small Things: Radical Faith for the Rest of Us by Sarah Arthur & Erin Wasinger

Practices of Love: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life of the World by Kyle David Bennett

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, & Enuma Okoro

Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission by David Fitch

Celebration of Discipline: the Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster

Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline by Catherine McNeil

Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love by Mark Scandrette

For the Life of the World: Sacraments & Orthodoxy by Alexander Schmemann

Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home by Traci Smith

Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren

Go further (Temple & Presence):

God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth by G.K. Beale & Mitchell Kim

The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God by G.K. Beale

Presence, Power, & Promise: The Role of the Spirit of God in the Old Testament ed. Firth & Wegner

The Temple and the Tabernacle: A Study of the God’s Dwelling Places from Genesis to Revelation by J. Daniel Hays

The Lost World of Genesis One by John Walton

The Case for the Psalms: Why They are Essential by N.T. Wright


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