So our next semester of the ESM classes has begun and this semester is exciting but a lot of work. Old Testament Exegesis for one class and the integration of chanting (Gregorian Style) into liturgy. This last one is one I am very excited about.
The Old Testament Exegesis course though is going to be a huge amount of reading and study. Especially with working full time. About 300 pages of reading give or take a hundred. (depends on how much is bibliography)
Today I read Matthew Chapters 5 and 6. One of my personal favorites has always been the beatitudes. Also how true is Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.”
I found this to be a great explanation of why daily devotional time is so important….
There is a purpose for daily devotional practices. We do it for a reason. There is a goal to it. We want to connect back to God who calls us each by name. We want to align our priorities with his. We want to make our individual stories part of his greater, larger, deeper story. We want to be transformed to be as he is so that we may love as he does so that, so graced, we might better understand and express his love for us and for all of creation. — From the book “Inwardly Digest. The Prayer Book as a Guide to a Spiritual Life” by Derek Olsen.
I was officially confirmed yesterday in the episcopal church and record I Ed as a member of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis. I have also started my coursework at the Episcopal School for Ministry.