The following article is from wineskins.org in March 2020, by Jason Bybee.
Console Me with Your Joy: A Breath Prayer
We are already living in anxious times. COVID-19 has taken things to an entirely different level.
A friend of mine was shopping at her wholesale club store this week when she witnessed a customer “steal” a pack of bottled water out of the cart of a shopper who had turned to look at another item. Another friend shared that someone had stolen a pack of toilet paper out of her car this week. I suspect many of us are wrestling with a scarcity mindset right now, but come on….these are not normal behaviors.
Clearly anxiety is getting the best of us. In times of uncertainty, we need a way of reminding ourselves about what we truly believe.
If the Coronavirus and the ensuing fears of scarcity have you feeling a bit more anxious these days, I want to share a few simple breath prayers with you that I’ve found to be helpful. Breath prayers have a rich history in the contemplative Christian tradition, dating back hundreds of years. These prayers are intentionally brief, typically corresponding with one’s breathing pattern (thus the name). Over the past few years, breath prayers have become an integral part of my devotional life, a powerful way of praying the Scriptures and reminding me about what I believe.
For most, a breath prayer consists of a simple phrase repeated over and over as a form of prayer. Some will immediately object that Jesus prohibits such prayer in Matthew 6:7, but not all repetitions should be considered vain. Furthermore, the Scriptures are filled with some of the same prayer phrases over and over again. (“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever,” I’m looking at you.) My prayer life has benefitted greatly from the use of these easily repeatable words of prayer and supplication. And in particular, repeating some of these lines from Scripture gives me strength when I am fearful. The first breath prayer comes from Psalm 94.
Psalm 94:19: When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
I’ve started praying this when I feel anxious and fearful. I don’t think of myself as a particularly anxious person, but I think everyone experiences what the Psalmist describes, moments when anxiety is truly great “within” us. My anxiety usually manifests itself as irritability. (Just ask my friends and family.) For others, anxiety can lead to insomnia, nausea, lack of concentration, and a host of other things. We must use discretion to seek professional counsel when anxiety becomes chronic. But I’ve found this text to be a tried and true spiritual method for decreasing anxiety when I feel it becoming “great within me.”
When I’m praying this breath prayer, I shorten the line to something like: “In this anxiety, console me with your joy.” (Remember, breath prayers are short and simple, corresponding with our breathing patterns.) I’ll say it several times in a row, maybe as many as a dozen times in a minute if the situation warrants it. As I direct these words heavenward, I can feel my anxiety and fear dissipate slowly. And I feel a sense of God’s peace, which is indeed a joyful reprieve from the throes of unease.
Other times, I simply pray, “Jesus Christ is my peace.” When I feel uneasy or when things seem to be spinning out of control in my life, I come back to this bedrock truth: “Jesus Christ is my peace.” That’s taken directly from the prophet Micah and the apostle Paul. But this prayer helps to remind me that even during times of chaos, I serve the One who commands the winds and the waves. Even the chaotic power of Death could not defeat King Jesus! He is our peace—the One who can calm our fears.
We cannot control the circumstances of our lives. But we can control what we pray. In these times of anxiety, may we seek the consolation of the One who provides joy and peace.
From: wineskins.org, by Jason Bybee, 3/23/20
Women for Christian Scholars
Talent Show & Silent Auction
Fundraiser—December 8 @ 5 pm
King’s Orchard Church of Christ is hosting a Talent Show & Silent Auction Fundraiser for WCS on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 5—8 p.m. The purpose of WCS is to invest the profits of our fundraising events into the Landreth-Johnson Scholarship fund which focus’ their efforts on scholarships for graduating seniors from King’s Orchard. Please join us on Sunday, December 8th at 1610 Orchard Avenue, Wenatchee, for an evening of fun, entertainment and fundraising!
King's Orchard is holding a Pumpkin Carving Contest & Potluck on Sunday, October 27, 2019!
Here at King’s Orchard (1610 Orchard Ave., Wenatchee) from 4-8 pm; invite your family & friends & neighbors and bring your creative pumpkin carving skills! Bring your favorite fall food to share afterwards -- join us, won't you, for a fun afternoon of family, friends and fellowship!
EASTER SUNDAY -- April 21, 2019
-- 6:30 AM — SON-rise Service
-- 7:30 AM — Breakfast
-- 9 AM — (2nd Service) Worship Assembly
-- Egg Hunt — AFTER Worship Assembly!
EVERYONE welcome—invite your friends, family, neighbors!
FAMILY GAME NIGHT!!!
Friday, April 5 @ 6 pm here @ King's Orchard –
Bring your favorite games, snacks & a friend!!!
Financial Peace University! – March 10 - May 26
We are offering the Financial Peace University (FPU) by Dave Ramsey for us and our friends here in Wenatchee Valley. Because of our very own Amber Arnold, we also can offer a very similar course in Spanish! If you know of anyone who speaks Spanish and would be interested in this course then please direct them to us. Contact Bruce (cell: 806 994-0489 or the office: 663-0768) for the cost of these courses. If you are a returning student of FPU then the course is free if you use your old material. The course we will be using has updated materials as of January 2019!
This is for the family! So, if you enroll in the course, your teenagers are welcomed as well! There will be childcare for those children who may not be as enthralled with improving their financial skills as you!
The dates of the course will be Sundays, March 10-May 26 with two breaks Easter (April 21) and Mother’s Day (May 12).
The times for FPU are:
As many of you might know, the town of Paradise, CA was recently devastated by the Camp Fire – pretty much the entire town was leveled. Included was the Paradise Church of Christ. Chico Church of Christ has set-up an account to help the victims of this fire. If you would like to donate to this effort, you can make checks out to Chico Church of Christ with “Paradise Fire Fund” in the memo. You can either give on Sunday OR you can send directly to:
Chico Church of Christ
995 E. Lassen Avenue
Chico, CA 95973
Attn: Paradise Fire Fund
Below is a link to the Christian Chronicle interviewing the Paradise church minister.
Another way to help is donate to Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc., PO Box 111180, Nashville, TN 37222-1180
The Family Project—Starting November 11 from 5-7 p.m., the Baird family will be hosting a 12-week video lesson series for families entitled “The Family Project”. Dinner will start at 5 p.m., then the video and lesson will follow. Child care will be provided. Questions? Ask Bruce Baird (our senior minister)!
The Family Project is a 12-part, DVD-based small-group curriculum that explores positive, hope-filled stories showcasing the beauty of God's design in our everyday lives. You'll dive deep into the theology of the family and will also be offered practical resources to help families thrive.
Women for Christian Scholars
Talent Show & Silent Auction
Fundraiser—Nov. 4 @ 5 pm
King’s Orchard Church of Christ is hosting a Talent Show & Silent Auction Fundraiser for WCS on Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 5—8 p.m. The purpose of WCS is to invest the profits of our fundraising events into the Landreth-Johnson Scholarship fund which focus’ their efforts on scholarships for graduating seniors from King’s Orchard. Please join us on Sunday, November 4th at 1610 Orchard Avenue, Wenatchee, for an evening of fun, entertainment and fundraising!
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