Tonight spelt out my first evening as part of Vocare – which I believe I have mentioned quite a while back but really not explained.

To cut things short, a small group of us ‘young ones’ are paired with a small group of some ‘older ones’ and we meet every two months over a meal to discuss life and spirituality and “radical discipleship” and the stuff below.

In a nutshell the ‘rules’ if you think Monk style:

1. A commitment to Stewardship

A commitment to explore with others, what it means to bring your lifestyle and career choices under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

2. A commitment to Reflective Spirituality

A weekly commitment to pray for 20 minutes, reflecting on the Prayer of St Francis, the Gospel of Luke, and practicing silent contemplation.

3. A commitment to Active Spirituality

A commitment to participate in an act of public witness to ‘God’s kingdom and his justice’. (Matthew 6:33) every two months.

A commitment to one communal act of public witness to ‘God’s kingdom and his justice’, for the year.

4. A commitment to Gatherings

A commitment to gather together for a shared meal, conversation and learning, once every two months.

5. A commitment to Learning

A commitment to spend some time with a mentor to share learning, once every two months.

A big call? In some ways yes, in others the time commitment and the actuality of it all shouldn’t be hard – I was thinking about it and this should be stuff I am already doing. All the better if I have something to ‘make’ me and people to spur me on.

You will be able to follow the Luke passages we’re collectively going through as I’m fairly sure they’ll be posted on the Advoc8 blog, no doubt I will probably share my thoughts as I think best into words.

What was interesting was that we did talk about rules and the negativity surrounding the word. We established that a rule is much more about a being a corrective than something that boxes you in. It is what you can align yourself with -in this case some discipline into living – and I intend to use it for such.

My ‘mentor’ didn’t happen to be present so that’ll be a whole new thing when I get there.

Please, cheer me on, join with me in as much as you can, share your insights on the Luke passages via Advoc8/here and take a further look at the Prayer of St Francis as it is quite a powerful piece of work. Also if you have ever been involved in something of the sort and/or ‘The Common… (erm something that I’ve forgotten – prayer?)’ I’d love to hear of your experience.

I am quite excited.

While on the subject of rules, John Smulo has been taking a look at the ‘golden rule’ (Which my feed-reader only just picked up), it’s interesting.

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postcards.gifHere’s where you help me. Please.

I have made 20 odd postcards – admittedly, some of them quite quickly. Now I need to narrow them down to four final cards.

These must work as a set and all must be in the same alignment – all horizontal/all vertical. Keeping in mind that my word is Chomp and my Image is Tongs, which would you choose? These are meant to be postcards you would give to your friends, apparently.

The only other constraint, the second postcard across on the top row MUST be included as it is the only colour version I have done this size. And it’s probably smart to have at least one that includes both image and word.

Pick three. Probably easiest to follow a format of: Row X, Column X. rather than describing them.

Click the thumbnail to get the larger image.

Design Uni

It’s a bit of a funny one to point out, in that it’s quite a personal post yet I want to as it is a strong testimony to God working.

Some background first.

Being friends with Mish was something that was reasonably significant several years ago – I jointly got to know John (Auran) and Hamish as we all worked through some stuff together via the glorious overrated means of msn after chasing some stuff through on Gush.

It is amazing watching people around you grow and change and continue to search after God. To be really honest, Mish is one of the stories of people that kept me at Gush for so long.

Please have a read of Home Truths.

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