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I am the Gate to the Sheepfold, Jesus’ challenge to follow him from places of comfort into the world

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On Sunday 11th May 2014, Ian Mobsby spoke at the River Service of the Jeremiah Community, a New Monastic Community based in the Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto.  In this text Ian explores the metaphor of Jesus being the Gate to the Sheepfold, and its implications for us as contemporary Christians.  In it he explores how we called out of our sheepfolds of comfort and safety into the world listening for and to his voice.  This metaphor has a great deal to challenge us about Church not being a place of comfort but actually a call to mission and living in the real world seeking the voice of Jesus in the context of the relationships and people we encounter….

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The Resurrected Jesus and the Emmaus Road metaphor for the Church

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In this podcast recorded on Easter Sunday 2014 at a Moot Community Eucharist at St Mary Aldermary Church in the City of London, Ian Mobsby explores the implications of the Resurrected Jesus and the Emmaus Road metaphor for the Church.

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Interested in or New to Moot Afternoon Tea Join us Sun 6th April 2014 4pm

 

This is an opportunity for those who are interested, recently attended or got involved in the Moot Community now at St Mary Aldermary to meet with Ian the Priest Missioner and a member of the Moot Community to explore what Moot is about and what it is seeking to build at its new home.

As a New Monastic Community focused on developing a cafe ecouraging hospitality, contemplative and artistic events, Moot has big dreams.  So this is an opportunity to hear what we are about, what we seek to be, and answer any questions you may have.

Tea, Coffee and a selection of pastries will be available.  Do let us know if you have any specific dietary needs. Please click here to register attendance to help us with catering.

We would welcome donations towards the costs of refreshments and materials.

If you have any questions, please contact us on info@moot.uk.net

POSTED 19.03.14 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on Interested in or New to Moot Afternoon Tea Join us Sun 6th April 2014 4pm

The end of the day Wellbeing Prayer and changes to our Moot Community podcast

For this Moot podcast we again want to share some of our online prayer resources. Last year we shared the Morning Wellbeing Prayer for use at the beginning of the day, this time it is the wellbeing prayer at the end of the day. This way of praying is particularly good if you have problems with stress, anxiety or depression. Also to give you the heads up, we will be shortly moving the feed for these podcasts from our podbean site, to the moot.uk.net site. If you have any problems you may need to resubscribe to the mootuk podcast through itunes or another podcast index. We hope to continue to offer this podcast for free for the years to come. If you experience any form of technical difficulty, or would like to support moot with a financial donation, please email info@moot.uk.net. Thanks for subscribing to the Moot Community Podcasts.

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The Oikos Community Gothenburg, making links with sister new monastics in Europe

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After just getting back from Gothenburg in Sweden working for 4 days, I am really pleased to say that I met up with one of the participants of the Oikos Community in Gothenburg  They live in flats very near to each other, in a poorer suburb of the City, where they seek to serve God and build Community, being a visible presence in the neighbourhood.  I met with Tobias, who is a Priest in the Swedish Lutheran Church which has much in common with the Church of England, other than being in covenant and the PORVOO agreement.

This is what they say about themselves:

We are a close community living together want to learn to love and follow Jesus and invite others to do the same.In prayer and action, we want to work for the Kingdom of God to grow in our hearts and our society. As part of the Body of Christ, we want to live in unity with the churches in Hammarkullen.

So I am really pleased to say that New Monasticism is well and surviving in Sweden.  Oikos is now 5 years old, and they will be holding an annual Swedish gathering for New Monastics in February 2014.  Sounds good if you are near!!

I hope Tobias will come over and experience Moot at some point.

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Using an integrative body prayer by Ian Mobsby

In this podcast recording Ian Mobsby opens up the use of a body prayer as a form of encounter with God and the integration of the self around our adult, adolescent and child that we all have within us.  This prayer practice is very ancient yet we really do not use our bodies actively in prayer, and so miss out on God’s blessings. Please see the image of the four different prayer postures to support you in this practice.

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Misunderstanding Competition in the New Testament by Ian Mobsby

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In this podcast Ian Mobsby explores texts in the Gospels and letters of St Paul in the Christian Bible to explore the theme of competition in the New Testament.  These texts can sound hard and jarring, but often this is because we have had very unhelpful interpretations of these tects.   In this session Ian explores an approach that understands this competition as an inner issue of the self rather than competing and winning against others.

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The Kin-dom of God

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In this podcast recorded at the Moot Eucharist at the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary.  Ian Mobsby explores the theme of the Kingdom of God drawing on Colossians Chapter 1 and Luke Chapter 10.  This podcast was recorded on Sunday 21st July 2013.

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Prayer Practice: Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer using the Lord’s Prayer

advert1_341For this podcast Ian Mobsby leads a creative approach combining a Lectio Divina reflecting on the Lord’s Prayer as cited in the Gospel of Matthew.  The fourth section of the Lectio, the Contemplatio or Contemplation section will use the Centering Prayer Method. There are a number of said prayers in the Lectio – see below for the details: For this centering prayer practice we are going to use the four stages of the Lectio Divina – of Lectio, Meditatio, Oritartio, and Contemplatio – where we are going to use Centering prayer for the last section – the Contemplatio. Remember your sacred word … if you haven’;t one then do listen to the introduction to centering prayer also in the recordings.

You will also need to have access to the various prayers at the beginning or end of each section which are in the spirituality section of the Moot Website. So first find a comfortable and supported sitting posture and focus inwards using your breath.  Let us pray to and with the presence of God.

1. Lectio: Listening to the Word of God as revealed to the words of scripture. Matthew 6 v9-16, 25, 31-34, NRSV

‘Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.* And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial,* but rescue us from the evil one.* For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. ‘And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink,* or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God* and his* righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  ‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

2. Meditatio: Reflecting on what this Word is telling us personally today.

To know Fully that God is our Father means recognising the common origin of all created matter – both great and humble. Just like a worldly parent, our Father has made us in Gods image – we are not God – but we find out fulfilment by an ever deeper and mysterious relationship to God as Trinity.  The I AM God began as the universal which, through the act of calling all things into being, Gave birth to the particular in all it’s multitude; whereas we human beings begin with our individual, seemingly separate existence and seek to rejoin the whole.

Prayer
God let my soul absorb and encounter your divine reality, may you Creator Spirit and Redeemer be hallowed in me, may the Spirit quietan the inner whirlwind of my lusts, hates and thoughts, help me to recognise God as the greatest good who leads me into stillness. Amen

3. Oratorio: Responding to God through active or discursive prayer.

open verbal prayer

Ending Prayer:
O Lord give me the courage to follow you Not only into the deserts of this world But also Into the wild and lonely places of my parched soul, Which yearns for your living water More than the dunes of the Sinai long for rain. O Lord, forgive me as I lose my way amid The ever-changing, whirlswind cravings of my body, The quaking of a heart torn between love and terror, And that false self whose flame distracts me from your light; You are in none of these, I know. Thank you, O Lord for calling me back to yourself when I fail, With the same still small voice. That guided Elijah out of the cave of his fears and despair To return to your direction Amen

4. Contemplatio: Resting in the peace of Christ left us, opening ourselves to him in silence, and letting the Spirit pray through us and for us with sighs that words cannot express.

Opening prayer
Serene Spirit of God Shining in the ground of my being Draw me to yourself Draw me past the snares of the senses, Out of the mazes of the mind Free me from symbols, from words, That I may discover The signified, the word unspoken, In the darkness That veils the ground of my being. Amen There will now be 15 minutes to allow for centering prayer using your sacred word.
Amen

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At the heart of faith: The Trinity as the Hope of Humanity by Ian Mobsby

On the week after Trinity Sunday, and as part of the St Pauls Cathedral Forum, Ian Mobsby unpacks the theme of the Trinity as the hope of humanity.

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