the 33 ways
At Berkeley United Methodist Church, there are more than thirty three opportunities for each of us to grow in faith through the practices of the Spiritual Disciplines. The word 'disciple' comes from the latin discipulus which means student. Disciples are students of Jesus. The Spiritual Disciplines are the practices of the students of Jesus. God meets us where we are but God does not leave us there. The Spiritual Disciplines are means of receiving grace in our lives, and ways of sharing grace with others. Each discipline includes communal and private practices. Some of us may have a heart for service, some for prayer, some for celebration, yet all of us can grow in each aspect of the faith through disciplines which stretch and strengthen us into stronger disciples of Jesus Christ.
Where have you been and where are you going?
We can't know where we are going unless we know where we have been. The diagram above helps us to see the Spiritual Disciplines that are currently taking place at Berkeley. If you have practiced some of these disciplines before, how have they been going for you? Are you growing in faith, hope, and love? Below is a simple discipleship pathway. Where do you find yourself?
We start where we are. Jesus encounters us with love and mercy. God seeks a response. We respond to God's grace through the practices of the means of grace or the spiritual disciplines. The diagram of Spiritual Disciplines at Berkeley is a work in progress. We are not who we shall one day be. As individuals, this is true. As a church community, this is true. As we continue to faithfully seek to follow Jesus Christ into the world to make new Disciples for the transformation of the world, we will begin new practices of discipleship.
The Disciplines of Service
Links to service opportunities are found on the Mission page of this website.
The Disciplines of Prayer
- Easter Prayer Vigil
- Wednesday Prayer Group meets at 4pm on Wednesday to pray over the joys and concerns of the congregation.
- The Prayer Room is located next to the Childcare Center and is open for all. If you would like access, please contact the office.
- The Prayer Chain keeps us updated on the concerns of the congregation. If you are interested in joining, please contact Nancy Cecil.
The Disciplines of Contemplation
Every Tuesday at Noon, the Sanctuary is open for contemplative prayer. Click here for more information on Lectio Divina or Centering Prayer.