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  • Gospel-Based Discipleship2017-2018

    Year 2

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    Table of Contents

    A Message from the Rt. Rev. Sam Rodman...............................................2About Gospel-Based Discipleship.............................................................4Some Prayers for Use with Gospel-Based Discipleship............................5The Baptismal Covenant............................................................................6A Rule of Life: The Discipline of Discipleship..........................................7Daily Office Lectionary - Year Two...........................................................8Clergy Cycle of Prayer.............................................................................22Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.........................................................................32

    Images: Cover image in the public domain. Throughout: Readings are taken from the Daily Office Lectionary included within the Book of Common Prayer.

    LIVING GODS DREAMBy Making Disciples and Making a Difference

    OUR VISIONOur vision as a diocese is to be a community of disciples committed to following Jesus Christ into the dream of God for us and for all creation.

    OUR MISSIONEmpowered by the Holy Spirit, the Diocese of North Carolina seeks to live Gods dream by making disciples and making a difference. We do so by building joyful congregations and other communities of faith, cen-tered on the Gospel, in the communion of the Episcopal Church. We go forth to offer Gods reconciling love to all persons, with special concern for the unchurched, young people and those on the margins of society.

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    A Message from The Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman

    The rhythm of our lives as disciple of Jesus is a constant interplay between scripture, Gods Word and prayer, our dialogue with God in re-sponse to that word. This wonderful resource, the Gospel-Based Disci-pleship (GBD) is a way to help us pay attention and be intentional about reading the scripture and praying, in particular, for one another.

    A daily reading of the good news of the gospel is a gift that not only feeds our souls, it strengthens us for the work we are called to do as we follow in the Jesus ways, as we reach out to our neighbors in love, and as we find ourselves called to love even those who might consider themselves our enemy.

    As the Jesus Movement, which in some sense began here in North Carolina, begins to shift into its next phase, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has been using the language of Becoming Beloved Community to speak about our call to go deeper with each other, even as we go deeper in our relationship with God. Beloved Community is all about truth telling, reconciliation, healing and building up one an-other in love. These are all gospel values that come to us through scrip-ture. But living into these values, allowing them to shape and form us as disciples, happens through prayer.

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    A Message from The Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman

    Our prayer is that this resource will be a help to each of us, as we engage, day in and day out, in following Jesus and opening our hearts, together, to the call to become Beloved Community. There is an old song, popular in the renewal movements of the 1970s that said, They will know we are Christians by our love. May our study of scripture and our commit-ment to prayer build up, in us, the love of Christ in a visible witness to the power of Jesus love.

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    What is Gospel-Based Discipleship (GBD)?Gospel-Based Discipleship is an encounter with the Gospel that is designed to engage people with the Gospel.

    Some Ways to BeginThere are many ways to read, study and meditate on passages of Scripture. You should use any approach that helps you engage the Gospel. I encourage you to incorporate this into other ways of daily devotions you may already use. Here is just one method of reflecting on the Gospel.

    Gospel ReflectionBegin with prayer.

    1. Read the Gospel lesson for the day. What word(s), idea(s) or sentence(s) stand out to you?2. Re-read the Gospel (maybe in another translation if available). What is Jesus (the Gospel) saying to you?3. Re-read the Gospel. What is Jesus (the Gospel) calling you to do?

    Close with prayer.

    In GBD, there are no right or wrong answers. The engagement is with the Gospel, not with a leader or the search for correct answers. Experienced leaders are not required, and leadership should rotate.

    Groups and/or individuals using GBD regularly should expect to begin to see their call to mission differently. Some congregations use GBD as a way to focus on what God is calling them to do in their communities.

    - From the Most Rev. Michael Curry Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church

    An Introduction to Gospel-Based Discipleship

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    An Introduction to Gospel-Based Discipleship

    God of peace, let us your people know, that at the heart of turbulence there is an inner calm that comes from faith in you. Keep us from being content with things as they are, that from this central peace there may come a creative compassion, a thirst for justice, and a willingness to give of ourselves in the Spirit of Christ. Amen. - A New Zealand Prayer Book

    Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learn-ing: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    - The Book of Common Prayer

    O God, who has taught us that your Word is a lantern to our feet and a light to our path: Grant that as this community devoutly reads the Holy Scriptures, we may realize our Fellowship with one another in you, and may learn thereby to know you more fully, to love you more truly, and to follow more faithfully in the steps of your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and Holy Spirit, one God blessed for evermore. Amen.

    - The Wolf Shall Dwell with The Lamb by Eric H. F. Law

    Most gracious and loving God:Strengthen the hearts of your people in this Diocese,That loving you with our whole heart,And loving our neighbor as ourselves,We might, in the power of the Spirit,Obey the call of Jesus,To go into our world as disciples,Making disciples,And making a difference,Through your saving love. Amen.

    - The Mission Prayer of the Diocese of North Carolina

    Some Prayers for Use withGospel-Based Discipleship

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    The Baptismal Covenant I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

    I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.He was conceived by the power of the Holy SpiritAnd was born of the Virgin Mary.He suffered under Pontius Pilate,Was crucified, died and was buried.He descended to the dead.On the third day he rose again.He ascended into heaven,And is seated at the right hand of the Father.He will come again to judge both the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit,The holy catholic Church,The communion of saints,The forgiveness of sins,The resurrection of the body,And the life everlasting. Amen.

    Will you continue in the Apostles teaching and fellowship,in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

    Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin,repent and return to the Lord?

    Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

    Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

    Will you strive for justice and peace among all people,and respect the dignity of every human being?

    - The Book of Common Prayer, Holy Baptism, pages 304-305

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    The Baptismal Covenant I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

    I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.He was conceived by the power of the Holy SpiritAnd was born of the Virgin Mary.He suffered under Pontius Pilate,Was crucified, died and was buried.He descended to the dead.On the third day he rose again.He ascended into heaven,And is seated at the right hand of the Father.He will come again to judge both the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit,The holy catholic Church,The communion of saints,The forgiveness of sins,The resurrection of the body,And the life everlasting. Amen.

    Will you continue in the Apostles teaching and fellowship,in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

    Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin,repent and return to the Lord?

    Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

    Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

    Will you strive for justice and peace among all people,and respect the dignity of every human being?

    - The Book of Common Prayer, Holy Baptism, pages 304-305

    A Rule of LifeThe Discipline of Discipleship

    SACRAMENTS SPIRITUALITY STUDY SERVICE STEWARDSHIP SABBATH

    For the period of ___________________-___________________

    1. Sacraments and Worship in Christian Community Participation in worship and sharing the sacraments of the Church

    2. Spirituality and Prayer Prayer and personal devotion

    3. Study Study of Holy Scripture and other means of growing in faith

    4. Service and Witness Christian action of Service and Witness to the Gospel

    5. Stewardship Lifestyle governed by the Gospel: godly use of money, time and gifts

    6. Sabbath Time set apart for rest, recreation, refreshment, family, community and self

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    The Daily Office Lectionary | Year Two

    WEEK OF 1 ADVENTSunday, Dec. 3 Luke 21:5