Monthly Archives: May 2010

From Fr. Henri Nouwen: Spiritual Touchstone

Join us in reflecting on the following prayer from Fr. Henri Nouwen:

The Mosaic That Shows Us the Face of God

 

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A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones. Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold. When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone. But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself.

That is what our life in community is about. Each of us is like a little stone, but together we reveal the face of God to the world. Nobody can say: “I make God visible.” But others who see us together can say: “They make God visible.” Community is where humility and glory touch.

Fr. Henri Nouwen, Dutch Priest
excerpt from Bread for the Journey

Some prayerful questions to consider:

What stone are you?
What place do you hold in the mosaic? How do you see your role in the world?
What communities are you part of?
Can you identify members of your spiritual, professional, cultural families in the mosiac?
Do you see the face of God?
How do you make visible the Divine?

We welcome your responses below.

In peace, prayers, contemplation,

Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde
Vis Companion and Blogger

Contemplative Listening

By Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Vis Alumna 93

A colleague and myself developed a five week discernment series when we worked together at Santa Clara University. Over the next few weeks I will share portions of this work for your own vocational discernment, this is part two of five.

Mantra to pray: We find our place and come to appreciate others’ places in the garden.

The Sisters joyfully completed a retreat at Ascension the weekend of May 21, 2010. It is an annual event hosted for neighbor

Women's Retreat 2010

Women's Retreat 2010

ladies who want to pray and network with each other. Many of the women have moved from the neighborhood and no longer see each other as frequently. This retreat is a wonderful testimony to the community that the sisters help build and nurture. They were busting at the seams with those who had registered (with a total of 65!), and had a full wait list. This retreat is another way the sisters build women leadership, something the Visitation sisters are steeped in doing for the past 400 years through educating women. The women of the neighborhood not only attended the retreat, but helped to plan it.

“The leader, Aleka, is lead by the spirit; she weaves song into all she does. Tonight was filled with personal testimonies of how God came through for us all year-long, since last we were together. Tears and laughter filled the room as one by one people went up and shared very personal stuff. …The Spirit is alive and well. Beth, I can’t, try as I may, convey the intensity and love shared in that room tonight.  So I go to bed with it in my heart, but knowing you, you will feel some of it too.” -Sister Katherine

Class of 2010 work with the Sisters & Neighbors

Class of 2010 work with the Sisters & Neighbors

This week the sisters are gearing up to host the seniors from The Convent of the Visitation High School of Mendota Heights. These young women cap their education at Visitation by completing a two week Service Experience within the broader community. This experience integrates their book knowledge, with their heart and hands creating a wisdom that cannot be gained any other way. My class was the first class to complete this immersion and report back to their school community on what they learned from their time in the world at large. Sister Katherine shares with me this week,All the Sisters are busy with the Vis seniors who are here on the north side giving service-we will have our whole garden in when they leave in two weeks. They also help at local agencies, paint for us and have a guest speaker a day. Very full, very fun!”

As these seniors immerse themselves in the lives of the Sisters of North Minneapolis and their neighbors’ lives I would like to share a gift I gained that I now realize was rooted in this sacred experience of mine. It is the gift of contemplative listening.

Contemplative listening is different from active listening; it is learning to listen in a non-judgmental, compassionate, grace-filled

Class of 2010 work with the Sisters & Neighbors

Class of 2010 work with the Sisters & Neighbors

way. With both types of listening you let the person know you are paying attention, but in contemplative listening you are listening for what is not yet present, what is coming into being. In other words, paying attention to what God might be up to in the situation, or where a person’s energy is being drawn. It is all about receptivity to what God and another person and our deepest self are saying. One way to enter into this space is to pray for the person while listening to them, to set the intention of listening for their highest good. It is to listen to what grace is saying, and then following with open-ended questions that become prayerful responses to the grace in their life. Contemplative listening to another person is similar to learning to listen to God or our deepest selves.

Here is an exercise to do with another person. Sit down, and allow the person to talk about an experience of their choosing, in this case perhaps it is the immersion experience to date. The listener says nothing, but tunes into the talker by setting an intention, or saying a prayer to herself before beginning to listen for the grace emerging in the speakers story. It’s ok if there is silence, during this time; as the listener, resist the temptation to fill that quiet. The listener holds the timepiece so that at the end of the seven minutes she can gently tell the speaker the time is up, and ask the speaker some clarifying open-ended questions.

Open ended questions: Could you clarify/help me understand…? How did it happen that…? What might happen if you…?Is it possible that…? How do you feel when you say…? What did you experience when…? What questions do you have about…? Might there be a connection between…? What do you like most about…? What sccares you most about…? What is your greatest hope for…?

Women's Retreat 2010

Women's Retreat 2010

Then the two people switch roles. At the end of the exercise, have a discussion of what it was like to be listened to and what it was like to be the listener? It can be hard to listen this way—there are many obstacles to contemplative listening (distracted listening, hurried listening, evaluative listening, fact-centered listening, rehearsing, sympathetic listening, goal-oriented listening, interrupting, curiosity, or inappropriate self-disclosure). It is however worth doing this, even if it is hard to do because we need community to support our discernment. To listen to another person, we have to be grounded ourselves, (which happens when we listen to ourselves,) and we get better at doing this by listening to others and applying these skills to ourselves. Contemplative listening is a continuous process, learning to listen for what is not yet present or what is coming to be is a gift to give yourself and others.

“The church is a garden with a great variety of plants; each one has its value and charm. It is the combination of their colors and textures that make the garden a thing of beauty.” –St. Francis de Sales

Suggested texts for your prayer around contemplative listening:

  • Psalm 5:1-3 How do you want to be listened to?
  • John 4:4-29 Can you remember an encounter where you came to know another person? Can you remember an encounter where you felt fully known? What was holy about those experiences?

So seniors, as a fellow alumna I share the gift of contemplative listening. I recommit myself to this practice, especially when it comes to the hurried paces of parenthood. And my wish for you each is that through this gift may you come to know your own heart deeper, and may you create space to know others hearts. Blessings on your senior project, may it be one that is filled with relationships, contemplative listening, and the gifts of the people of North Minneapolis.

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Resource on contemplative listening, Parker Palmer’s Clearness Committee

A Tribute to Mary, Elizabeth: Mentors and Guides in my Life

by Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde, Vis Companion

Mother’s Day, 2010

"Mother and Child" by The London Studio

It’s late on Sunday, May 9th, Mother’s Day, as I begin to compose this blog. I am 37 and a half weeks pregnant with my first child, and on a self-imposed bed-rest of sorts that my husband has invited me to take (given the past week’s intensifying pangs of pregnancy.)  I read Sr. Karen’s blog on Mary, posted as we enter this month of May honoring Our Lady, and I find myself in-step or sync with my beloved sister-friend’s assignment. I crack open Luke’s gospel, according to her prayerful invitation, and enter easily into the queries posed by my fellow blogging colleague:

  • What is it that I need from Mary’s presence in my life? How do I greet her when she comes  to visit my heart?
  • What is it that I need from the “Elizabeth’s” in my life?  Do I let  my “elders in faith” support the “God life” within me?
  • What is my song of praise and justice to God?

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,  where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. – Luke 1: 39-40

Windsock Visitation.McGrath

Windsock Visitation by Bro. Mickey McGrath, OSFS

I begin with Luke’s narrative, locating myself inside the setting of Judea. I think: “Aha! Hill Country!” and then extrapolate: “Terrain that isn’t smooth? Pathways and ending points that aren’t easily seen from start to finish?” I laugh to myself.  Like our central figures in this Visitation story, I relate all too well to the space Mary and Elizabeth find themselves in: a rolling hillside that must be traversed in order to connect with and meet the beloved other. It’s not unlike the space I call this present (laying-prostrate-pregnant) moment: a bumpy landscape that I’m keen to walk, but that keeps me from seeing too far into the future; a physical space that I must be strong, determined, diligent in — so that I might continue forward and get to my desired destination!

I respond to Sr. Karen’s questions from the perspective of Elizabeth. I am older. Like Elizabeth, I have known the incredible ache of self-doubt and deep longing for a kind of maternal life. At 41, I have a kind of kindred alliance with Mary’s elder cousin, never quite knowing if I’d ever conceive and give birth. I need Mary in my life. I need her to show up and remind me that I’m not alone in this miracle of conception and creation. I greet Mary with joy at having someone alongside me in this trek, inspiring me with her own youthful “Yes!” to serve Love. She is not unlike the doula presence in my life manifesting literally in one younger mom and child-birthing professional named Alisa Blackwood. She is not unlike the midwife also called Mary at Generations Women’s Health Clinic who has recently been tending to my late term circumstances.

Melissa with Visitation Sisters Mary Margaret, Mary Frances, Katherine, Mary Virgina and Karen on her 40th Birthday at St. Jane House.

Melissa with many "Elizabeths:" Visitation Sisters Mary Margaret, Mary Frances, Katherine, Mary Virgina and Karen.

Next, I respond to this text as if I were Mary needing Elizabeth. Goodness! But of course! What younger woman doesn’t crave the wise counsel and presence of an elder female guide or mentor? Please! I giggle joyously to myself thinking of the many women who are like Elizabeth to me in this day and age. Women who model a contemplative, spiritual nature and way of navigating in this world. Women who show me how they balance their vocations in career, calling, partnership and family. Women who have guided me and mentored all the pillars of my financial, mental/ emotional, physical, intellectual self. I have numerous Elizabeths who are my “elders in faith” in the Visitation Monastery in North Minneapolis, including my longtime spiritual director, Sr. Mary Margaret. I claim a similar kind of mentorship in the sisterly counsel of my Franciscan friend in Rochester, Sr. Rafael. This is to say nothing of the Elizabeths who I convene with monthly in “Book clubs” at the CSJ administrative center for the Irenic Studies cohort, or in our homes for the eleven plus years of “Patio Club” – bringing my former teaching arts partners colleagues together. I find my “God Life” nurtured by the mere presence of these many Elizabeths in my life.

Composing a song of praise, akin to Mary’s own “Magnificat,” I find myself musing:

Artist Betsy Shanks Magnificat

Artist Betsy Shanks' "Magnificat"

Thank you Loving God, Creator,
for the abundance of your blessings!
My heart sings of the life and love that you have bestowed on me!
Even in my darkest moments, deepest sorrows and doubts, I know you are with me!
You have held my being gently, but firmly all the days of my life — anointing me with rich relationships and loving correspondents;
Through all I have gleaned your goodness,
I rejoice in your mercy and overwhelming Love!
For it is through you, with you, in you, that I have made a home,
found salvation,
alignment,
kinship,
as Mary and Elizabeth appear and remind me:
I am your loving witness! Blessed to create and nurture life,
blessed to continue forward in your name.
Yes!
Always,
Melissa

Faces of Discernment: Who is called to this Urban Monastic Life?

DiscernersBy Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde, Vis Companion

Wednesday, April 28th, marked the final installment of this spring season’s discernment workshops facilitated by Srs. Joanna and Karen.  Held on three separate Wednesday evenings in February, March and April at the nuns’ lay retreat space known as “St. Jane House,” these “Following the Spirit” classes proved successful for our urban sisterhood. As the Visitation Sisters launched their vocations campaign initiative, seeking seven new women to be a prayerful presence in North Minneapolis, the space at St. Jane House swelled with young people answering a call, that was in many ways, to do just this! The young women and men who convened for these sessions all came wrestling with questions:

  • What does it mean to live and be aligned in our faith?
  • How does God call me?
  • What is my role or place in this setting?
  • How can I learn and serve Love?

IMG_2277The questions hearken closely to the founding mission of the Visitation order; an inquiry that Saints Francis or  Jane, or anyone of the Vis nuns, might pose as: “How do I LIVE JESUS?”

For this individual participant, and long-time lover of the Visitation Sisters and their model of urban monasticism, I was particularly struck by the blessed population of people converging at St. Jane House on these discernment evenings. We were women. Men. In our twenties, thirties, early forties. Black. White. Brown. Some of us Catholic. Others Protestant. A couple Buddhists. A woman of Hindu faith. Another questioning deeply the existence of God. All of us deeply committed to our journeys, paths, and unpacking our purposes here, as we understood the Divine to be calling us.

Joyful DiscernersI was particularly struck by the blessed population of people converging at St. Jane House on these discernment evenings. We were women. Men. In our twenties, thirties, early forties. Black. White. Brown. Some of us Catholic. Others Protestant. A couple Buddhists. A woman of Hindu faith. Another questioning deeply the existence of God. All of us deeply committed to our journeys, paths, and unpacking our purposes here, as we understood the Divine to be calling us. – Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde, Vis Companion

IMG_2466As we continue in our search for new women religious, I have to wonder how God and the Holy Spirit are answering our prayers in this present moment, at this particular juncture, with this beautiful ensemble of people coming forward?  What does the face of a Visitation Sister look like? Who is called to be a vowed member? How is each person coming forward part of this urban monastic community in some way? What do our hearts and minds say about vocations today?

In peace, prayers, contemplation,
Melissa

Be Attentive

Mantra to pray: Our hearts are the ground where God’s word takes root.*

Stories and questions are a great way into our vocations. Our deepest vocation is to be human, therefore what places, people, environments lead me to my best self? We need to support each others’ exploration of our stories and our questions. Often times our questions lead to deeper questioning.

Make yourself a cup of tea and take a moment to journal, sketch, or collage about the following invitations: Pay attention to your day dreams…what excites you about them? Pay attention to when you

Discerners following the Spirit...

Discerners following the Spirit...

feel most alive—what was going on in those moments? Pay attention to when you feel most unlike yourself—what was happening there? Pay attention to what you are doing when you lose track of time. All of these serve as clues, invitations, and exploration for the different callings you may hold in your life that will bring you and others the greatest joy. What are your gifts and limitations? How do you integrate your passions into your everyday life? What is your next best step? St. Francis de Sales wisely shares, “When we are too intent in our search for something…we can look at it a hundred times and not see it.”

Have you ever worked with or been served by someone who is not in a position that they love or enjoy? What is that experience like? Versus when you work with people who truly desire to be there. Usually there is a significant difference in the level of joy that occurs. We do the world and ourselves no great service by limiting ourselves. Sharon Daloz Parks asks, “What is a Dream with a capitol D worthy of my attention?” We need to envision dreams that are not only big enough for our own welfare but so that they might bless others as well.

What is your story? (Notice how you tell your story, the words you choose.)

What are your questions?

What Dream might be emerging in you?

Part of being attentive, or paying attention is noticing the movement of the spirit within. This is also called consolation and desolation. Simply put consolation leads us toward God, self, and others, and desolation away from God, self and others. However, it can be tricky because sometimes consolation can hurt while we heal, and desolation can feel temporarily good. Margaret Silf from her book Inner Compass, an Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality describes the symptoms of desolation and consolation eloquently. Retreats are an incredible way to look at the larger patterns of your life’s consolation and desolation, as well as just building in moments of reflection during your day.

Discernment is both a skill and a spiritual gift, it is something you can become better at with practice. You start to notice patterns in your life you hope to repeat and others you hope to outgrow. However, you have  to listen before you can act on and interpret what you hear. And consider who it is that is calling you, in the Judeo-Christian tradition it is God calling. You may ask, why bother listening? Centuries of spiritual traditions–not just Christian–teach us that following the divine will for our lives generally results in more freedom, more joy, and more fulfillment than following our own will or someone else’s will. We pay attention to our feelings, to how the world moves our hearts. God speaks to us in our experience. That’s what St. Ignatius calls, “Finding God in all things.” The ultimate goal of listening and interpreting, is to name and see grace: God at work in our lives and in the world, to develop a way of responding, and to learn to distinguish between consolation and desolation.

In closing, I share a letter that Maryknoll Sister Ita Ford wrote to her niece shortly before she was martyred in El Salvador on December 2, 1980.

I hope you come to find that which gives life a deep meaning for you. Something worth living for—maybe even worth dying for—something that energizes you, enthuses you, enables you to keep moving ahead. I can’t tell you what it might be—that’s for you to find, to choose, to love. I encourage you to start looking, and support you in your search.

Suggested texts for your prayer around attentiveness:

  • Isaiah 55:10-11 [NRSV] What is being accomplished in your life and the world around you?
  • Deuteronomy 30:15-20a How do you know when you are choosing life?
  • 1 Samuel 3:1-19 When you are listening what do you call that which you are listening to?
  • Psalm 95:7-8 What does it feel like when your heart becomes hardened?
  • Jeremiah 29:11-14a What are you seeking?

May you find God in your consolation and seek him in your desolation,

Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Visitation Alumna ’93

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*A colleague and myself developed a five week discernment series when we worked together at Santa Clara University. Over the next few weeks I will share portions of this work for your own vocational discernment.

“Pentecost Prep:” A Salesian Invitation to Receive the Holy Spirit

by Sr. Karen Mohan, VHM

Having just celebrated the Ascension, my thoughts and prayers are shifting to the upcoming feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. Perhaps yours are too. This quote on my prayer bench invites me into these preparation days:

chapel-art Stained Glass“To live a religious life takes all the life we have.

To live a religious life takes the heart of a hermit, the soul  of a mountain climber, the eyes of a lover, the mind of a rabbi.

It requires total immersion in the life of Christ and complete concentration on the meaning of the Gospel life today.”

— Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB

Is it impossible to embrace this aspiration?   Not if we believe in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which we will soon celebrate on Pentecost!

Let‘s be aware of what we need and ask Jesus to ready our hearts so that the gifts of the Spirit that he wants to provide will be available to us.

  • May wisdom and understanding guide our lives.
  • May counsel (right judgment) and fortitude (courage) keep us on track.
  • May knowledge of  “God’s  way”  and  piety (reverence)  open us to  a deep respect for God and others, and
  • May fear of the Lord (awe of God) draw us into a union with God that will energize us  for living out  our baptismal calling with vigor!

Sometimes I might think, “I need all those gifts”! And in many ways we all do! But to particularize our awareness of one of these seven gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives, let me describe a custom in the Visitation Order that occurs annually at Pentecost:

Cathedra-HolySpirit 2We have the names of each of these seven gifts on a slip of folded paper, and after prayer together  in our chapel, we choose one of these slips of paper, open it up, and read the gift  that we have received  for this year.   In doing this, I find myself more  attentive to the special gift that I have been given and pray that I may be  ready to exercise this gift in my daily life.  The Sisters then share the gift that each has received and what that gift means to them at this time.  This 400 year old custom is as relevant to the Sisters today as it was to our first members!

COME HOLY SPIRIT!   Immerse us in the life of Jesus!  May Sr. Joan Chittister’s words come alive in us and in all Christians as we celebrate again the birthday of the Church!

Uncovering the Friendship of “Frank and Jane”

St Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal

St Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal

by Sr. Joanna O’Meara, VHM

You may wonder who on earth I am referring to…..well, herein lies the breadth and depth of Salesian Spirituality which continues to be re-interpreted for new listeners and old-timers.

For our last Salesian Monday night of the year our faithful neighbors and Visitation Companions gathered to listen to the creative and insightful re-telling of the friendship which unfolded between our two co-founding saints: St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal given by Elliot Hayes and Wendy Short-Hayes – Theatrical Directors at The Mendota Visitation Convent School.  Francis and Jane’s friendship, which resulted in the founding of The Visitation Order, produced a ‘new’ model of religious life in the Church of the 17th Century — one which we are proud to continue living four centuries later. We are anchored by Francis and Jane’s mantra: “Live Jesus!”

Eliot Hayes and Wendy Short-Hayes as "Frank and Jane"

Eliot Hayes and Wendy Short-Hayes as "Frank and Jane"

What struck many of us who were gathered on Monday evening was the freshness and aliveness of these two very human beings whose letters we have read, quotes we gather, and tidbits of life that we lean toward as inspiration on our own life pilgrimage.   Both saints wrote prolifically, both lived out fully their humanness — which is in some way why Salesian spirituality appeals to so many of us this day.

LIVE JESUS!

Our Lady of Guadalupe & Veronica–An unlikely Visitation

I spent Mother’s Day in Toas, NM with my father who was visiting my family. Lunch at Antonio’s was short lived. My one year

Mountains

Mountains

old needed a stroll and I found myself across the street in the Sanctuary of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. I knelt to pray before her, and inhaled the lovely fragrance of the roses that adorned her statue. I prayed for guidance as a mother, a reservoir of patience and love for my little ones, and an understanding of my family, and myself. After, I pushed the stroller around the outer aisles of this quaint, rustic Church. Written on one wall was the beginning of John’s Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be.”

At the back of the Church, there is a smaller sanctuary with Mary and Jesus where candles flickered, and on the other side of the Church the Stations of the Cross done in 3-D made out of clay. I paused where Veronica wipes the face of Jesus to reveal a picture of his face, and I found on this Mother’s Day that it held a new meaning for me, the ability of Jesus to be Jesus, to know himself well, to know himself deeply. I have prayed about this recently. As a caregiver of any sort, it is easy to focus on the needs of others, to know the needs of others, to be able to distinguish a cry, a request, a want seamlessly. However, I found that all this outward focus could leave me with little for myself. So my practice remains to carve out time to meet my needs. As they say on the airplanes, “Please place the mask over your own face before assisting others.” For if we do not know ourselves intimately, how can we intimately know or care for others?

How do you take time to care for yourself?

How are you called to care for others in your life?

What rituals do you have to know yourself at your core as Jesus did?

We invite you to share your answers in our comment section.

In Joy,

Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Visitation Alumna ’93


Snapshots from the Sisters: Title This!

The following image comes from Monday evening’s Salesian Spirituality gathering at the Visitation Monastery – Girard House. In the spirit of this ongoing blog feature, we invite all readers and Vis friends to respond to this photograph, and give it a title. Who is pictured? What do you imagine is taking place –being said, communicated, shared? We welcome your creativity in providing a caption!

Care to creatively caption this? Submit your ideas below!

Care to creatively caption this? Submit your ideas below!

Tuning In: Music as Prayer

Grayson Roraff

Grayson Roraff

On Wednesday, April 28, 2010, the Vis Sisters hosted their third and final “Following the Spirit” Discernment Workshop of the spring season. On this occasion, Sr. Joanna O’Meara invited North Minneapolis neighbor, and fellow-discerner, Grayson Roraff to play a selection of his recorded music to ground the convening group in prayer. Vis Companion and lay blogger Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde was present for the experience. On the heels of fellow blog-writer Beth Eiler-Sullivan’s post about sound as a discernment tool, we post Grayson’s music and biographical info (with his permission) for your own prayerful reflection and musings. Tune into Grayson’s cover of Robert Robinson’s “Come Thou Fount“! Enjoy!

Click here to Play Song

Interview with Grayson Roraff

Name: Grayson Roraff
Age: 26

Q: How long have you been singing and playing?

A: I’ve been singing since I was little; I was in kids choirs for a few years in elementary school. My dad is the choir director at school, so I learned from him! I started playing guitar at 21. I’m self taught in everything for the most part. I learned a few chords, then learned some worship songs from those chord progressions. I started writing my own music three years ago. I was getting bored playing other peoples’ songs, and was looking for ways to remember things I’d been going through;  and song seemed like a natural way to do it for me, because it seemed like a good way to compact things down to a simple way of remembering!

Q: Where do  you live and play music? Why do do sing and perform?

A: Currently, I am living in North Minneapolis. I try every once in a while to play music at open mics around the Cities… I feel I do this because it is a gift — one I feel God has given me– and it is needed to be shared, not hidden. I hope that through the music that it can somehow maybe strike a chord with people and be a positive thing for them, too!

Q: How did you come to know the Vis Sisters and join the Discernment Workshops?

A: I came to the Visitation Sister’s Discernment workshops through two ways. One was through an Urban Homeworks’ invitation. They were the ones that I originally met the sisters through, and got an email invite to go to the class.  I also heard about these classes from “House Church,” a home church I am going to on Sunday nights here in North Minneapolis. Some of the people I know there, Kim specifically, have gone through a similar class and had recommended it!

Song: “Come Thou Fount
Composer: Robert Robinson, c. 1758

Lyrics:

Tuning into Prayer: Grayson and Fellow Discerners

Tuning into Prayer: Grayson and Fellow Discerners

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Here I’ll raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wand’ring from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my feeble heart to Thee.
“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,”
Long I cried to be made pure;
“Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Work in me Thy double cure.”

Hallelujah! I have found it,
The full cleansing I had craved,
And to all the world I’ll sound it:
They too may be wholly saved.
I am sealed by Thy sweet Spirit,
Prone no longer now to roam;
And Thy voice, I’ll humbly hear it,
For Thy presence is my home.

For more info on Grayson, and to download any of his music, click here.