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Lazarus Community Paraclete Rule of Life 

 

Our Rule of Life 

(Adapted from the Missional Wisdom Foundation Rule of Life)

 

PRAYERS

  • We will pray daily using a variety of forms of prayer including lectio divina, spoken prayer, corporate prayer, examen, intercession, journaling, meditation, and contemplation 

  • We will engage in a fast of our choice once per week such as fasting from food, a single meal, social media, television, or habits that interfere with our relationship to God and others 

PRESENCE

  • We will practice a contemplative stance in order to be present to God, the world, and ourselves

  • We will be hospitable to our neighbors in our families, neighborhoods and workplaces

  • We will be hospitable to our faith community through participation in our worship, fellowship and mission 

GIFTS

  • We will honor and care for the gift of the earth and its resources, practicing ecologically responsible living, striving for simplicity rather than excessive consumption

  • We will practice generosity in sharing our material resources, including money, within and beyond this community

  • We will use our spiritual gifts, talents and abilities to serve God within and beyond this community

SERVICE

  • We will serve God and neighbor out of gratitude for the love of God

  • We will practice mutual accountability within the Lazarus Community

  • We will practice regular Sabbath as a means of renewal so that we can lovingly serve God and neighbor

WITNESS

  • We will practice reconciliation and relationship building with all marginalized groups in our community

  • We will resist evil and injustice

  • We will pursue peace with justice

  • We will share the redeeming, healing, creative love of God in word, deed and presence as an invitation to others to experience the transforming love of God

I commit to this rule of life and to the well-being of this community, out of gratitude to God who forgives, heals, and makes all things new. May my life be a blessing within and beyond God’s church, for the transformation of the world.