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Not my might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD, Zech. 4.6

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Sojourning together on a shared faith journey: Be Filled with the Spirit

Pentecost 22 x 28-250Each year, our TUMI community of missionaries deliberately join hands and hearts to share a spiritual quest and journey, to seek the Lord together in Scripture and sacrament, and to walk together in our efforts to be formed spiritually through the spiritual disciplines.  As members of World Impact’s Religious Missionary Order, we take seriously our missional identity, and we zealously seek to translate that identity into a lifestyle that reveals to us our time-tested adage that who we are in Christ is more important than what we do.  Actually, who we are both determines and gives rise to what we do.
                    
This year our staff will concentrate on the third person of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit of God, he who is the guarantee of the promised inheritance to come, won for us through the shed blood of Jesus (Eph. 1.13).  In all our reflection, devotion, discussion, services, and spiritual retreats we will strive to learn more of the Holy Spirit's person and work, from his hovering over the waters at creation to his indwelling of all the redeemed in the glorious city of God, the New Jerusalem.  Our entire ministry of satellite empowerment and resource development is dependent on our staff’s spiritual fitness in Christ, our own readiness to hear and obey the Holy Spirit in everything that we do.

Living an Integrated Spirituality: The Power of Thematic Focus

Dove iStock 000016047809Large-200The key to character and discipline is focused attention, effort, and energy. Whatever subjects or directions upon which we concentrate our energies and efforts in a deliberate and disciplined manner, we grow and deepen. To use an analogy, honey is gathered by the bee, who draws out of a single blossom all the sweet nectars which it has to offer. The butterfly, however, which flits around from bush to bush and plant to plant, may cover ground but gathers nothing sweet. In all things spiritual, we ought to strive to be like the bee and not the butterfly! 

Each year, the faculty and staff of the Institute embrace a common theme together around which we determine to organize our efforts and energies for the sake of our growth and maturity. During any given year, we integrate all of our devotions, preachings, worship liturgies, book readings, and spiritual exercises around our theme for the year. Through the theme, we seek to revolve all of our shared spiritual pursuits of the Lord, and all of the specific missional projects and events that we sponsor and host. This theme we call our "TUMI Sacred Roots Annual," a simple name we give to the overarching concept that will shape and give substance to our personal and corporate practice of the spiritual disciplines.

Of course, this annual emphasis is not based on the calendar year (i.e., from January to December), but the Christian Year (from the celebration of Advent around December to the Season after Pentecost at the end of the next year's November). We integrate our annual emphasis and focus with the celebrations and remembrances of the Church Year season. This provides us with both a common spirituality with Christians all over the world, as well as allows us to concentrate on those themes and issues unique to us here at TUMI. We deliberately find ways to connect our walk with the global journey that Christians are making through the celebrations of the Church Year; in doing this, we have found that our own unique journey and the shared journey of the Church Year can intersect and cross-pollinate one another, informing, enriching, and providing insight, the one to the other.

The Spirit of the Lord: The Sacred Roots Annual 2012-2013

2012-2013 Annual image for web-400This year's guidebook, The Spirit of the LORD: The Sacred Roots Annual 2012-2013, highlights the person and work of the Holy Spirit in our Lord's revelation and redemption. A complimentary resource to our Church Year Calendar by the same name, this annual follows the Lectionary's Year C readings, tracing the meaning of Jesus' kingdom ministry through the lens of the Holy Spirit's anointing and leading. Come, join us as we seek and celebrate the presence of God's gracious guarantee of our inheritance in Christ - the Spirit of the LORD!

This year, we will make the person and work of the Holy Spirit the primary center of our shared spirituality, i.e., our reflection, devotion, discussion, and meditation. The predominant image will be Tim Ladwig’s masterful depiction of the Spirit’s descent on the day of Pentecost, recounted in Acts chapter 2. (This striking image on our Annual cover is available for your purchase on our website www.tumi.org/art). Pentecost will be our launching pad from which we will seek to view every dimension of our Lord’s incarnation, life, and passion. Without a doubt, every facet and scene of our Lord’s drama is influenced by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and we will strive to see his working and leading in all of God’s sacred story, from the hope of Jesus as the promised Messiah until his return as Victorious Lord and Bridegroom of the Church. In all our Lord did, the Holy Spirit’s ministry was both powerful and prominent.

Come, Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, who, as the Nicene Creed affirms, is our Lord and Life-giver. The Creed declares that he proceeds from the Father and Son, and together with the Father and Son is worshiped and glorified, as our one triune God. Through his working he participated in creation, and is the one through whom God acts, makes known his will to the prophets and in the Scriptures, indwelt our Lord and his Church, and empowers her for service in the world. Without the anointing and illumination of the Holy Spirit, we could not know anything of God’s marvelous plan of salvation, or the identity of God’s elect, Jesus of Nazareth. He provides the illumination that enables us to understand the Story of God, and he empowers us as congregations and individuals to advance God’s Kingdom where we live. He is our Lord and Life-giver, whose presence within God’s people is a source of wisdom, power, and joy.

This year we will focus on learning and loving the Holy Spirit. Although the actual phrase “Holy Spirit” is cited in the Old Testament only in Psalm 51.11 and Isaiah 63.10-11, many other passages make mention of the Spirit of God in the Hebrew Bible. The Scriptures depict him through a series of images that allow us to better understand the majesty of his person and work. For instance, he is described as a mighty wind (cf. the same Hebrew word ruach is translated as wind, breath, and spirit). As an agent of his saving of his people from Egypt’s violent oppression, the LORD parted the seas through the wind which permitted his people to elude Pharaoh and his armies’ fast approach (Exod. 14.21). The wind is seen as a mighty power drying up the waters (Hos. 13.15), and as the means by which God gathers the clouds to provide his rain for the earth (1 Kings 18.45). It was God’s Holy Spirit who hovered over the waters at the dawn of creation (Gen. 1.2; 8.1; see also Ps. 33.6; Job 26.13). As just one of the images of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament, the image of wind provides us a sense both of agency, mystery, and power.

The majesty, mysteriousness, and wonder of the Spirit is also seen through his relations with and upon people: he is Lord, acting in concert with God’s will, accomplishing what he wills apart from human device or desire, without reference to where he has been or where he is going. He is the Lord, the Spirit, and as we get to know him we come to experience this same intense, amazing, and sufficient power and enabling from the Lord.

Our Luke Series: A Lukan Journey on the Christ-Manifestation of the Spirit

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This year we will focus on select episodes from the Gospel of Luke that will enable us to deepen our understanding of the Spirit’s working in Christ’s life. Starting with Luke 7, we will highlight various encounters our Lord had as he went proclaiming in word and deed the coming of God’s Kingdom. Luke focuses on our Lord’s manifestation of the Kingdom with an eye on the Holy Spirit. From Jesus’ exorcisms, miracles, teachings, and kingdom display, we catch a clear image of his Spirit-filled and Spirit-indwelt ministry, a walk and work which should inspire us to seek in our lives a deeper, richer experience of the Holy Spirit’s leading and power. We will walk through these episodes during the second period of Ordinary Time, after the celebration of Trinity Sunday:

We have little doubt that this casual stroll through these amazing episodes of the matchless ministry of the Nazarene will instruct us much into the will and working of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit we cannot understand the meaning of Jesus in the world, and will then inevitably misread and misapply the Word of God, which is inspired by him. Only by the Spirit of God can we understand the mind of God, and truly come to follow the Son of God.

"Not by Might, nor by Power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD"

The Holy Spirit of God (the third person of the Trinity) empowers the Church to worship and serve God through Christ. As the one who inspired the prophets to write the Scriptures, he alone reveals the mystery of Christ’s work to us. He alone illumines us as to the meaning of God’s saving work in Christ, and provides us the power to fulfill God’s will and advance his Kingdom in the earth.

Our genuine desire is that this year’s 2012-13 annual, The Spirit of the LORD, will provide you with an inspiring, enriching framework of the Spirit’s mighty work within our Lord’s life and ministry – our Savior operated with the Spirit’s anointing in all his redemptive work for humankind. Our hope is that these texts, prayers, and readings will enable you to join in the Church’s integrated, shared spiritual journey as it seeks to live the Jesus life through the calendar. It is designed for your refreshment, and your discipleship.

This year’s Sacred Roots Annual invites us to empty ourselves before the LORD that he may fill us with the same presence that animated our Lord during his earthly ministry, and has empowered his people down through the ages. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is both an adventure and aspiration, all to bring God glory and advance his Kingdom. Please, come and join our missionary community as we celebrate the presence and power of God’s gracious guarantee of our inheritance in Christ – the Spirit of the LORD!

~ Thanking God for the empowerment of his Holy Spirit,
Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis

Ways of Living Your Spirituality in Common: Some Practical Helps

 Below you will find some of the various ways in which we attempt to share our spirituality in common: reciting common prayers, reading the same texts, memorizing the same Scriptures, worshiping in light of the same Church Year celebrations. Pour slowly over these resources, and experiment in your small group or church the ways in which shared disciplines of seeking God can enrich your spiritual formation.

At-a-glance Summary of TUMI's Weekly Themes for the 2012-2013 Church Year
This is a PDF chart (2 pages) that shows the weeks of the year, their lectionary texts, themes and the Let God Arise! prayer focus for each season of the year. 

 Weekly Expository Teaching (Dr. Davis)
 As mentioned above, TUMI follows the readings of the Bible outlined by the Revised Common Lectionary in our weekly services together ,  and worship and teach in our times together informed  by those  Scriptures as well as our annual theme, all shaped by  the observances of the Church Year. Listen  along with us as Dr. Davis presents on topics related to our theme and t he Church Year. His expository sermons are Scripturally based, Christ-centered, urban-flavored, and spiritually refreshing! This link will take you to the latest TUMI teaching in our worship, or you may elect to go to our Media Bank and find previous teachings on a broad array of themes on books of the Bible and themes related to the Church Year. We make these available to encourage you in your walk with Christ, and to to inspire you to a greater love for and knowlege of our Savior! lgabugspace-400

Seasonal Devotional
As a part of our own discipline in prayer and intercession for the lost, we outline our Let God Arise! themes. Each month we concentrate on a particular issue or concept as it relates to our TUMI Annual, and pray together informed by biblical and spiritual insights gained from those themes. Each church year season start, Dr. Davis posts a short devotional on the Let God Arise! theme we are highlighting that season. Each theme is derived from and based upon our annual theme, and is written to give us richer insight and challenge into the theme. Meditate with us on these rich Scriptural themes, and experience with us the joy and confidence of the Lord!

Fleshing Out the Universal Priesthood: Recommended Order for Morning an Evening Sacrifices to God
Fleshing Out the Universal Priesthood gives both the rationale and practical steps you'll need to begin vital, regular, and brief moments of devotion to God. Explore how to begin morning and evening prayer and praise to God, in submission to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Quarterly Prayer, Fasting, or Solitude Days
As urban missionaries and members of World Impact's Religious Missionary Order, all TUMI staff are committed to living and serving in community, in sharing our spiritual journeys in common, and to assemble regularly to pray, fast, and worship. We set aside time regularly to give our hearts and minds to the things of the Lord with specific focus on some of the corporate disciplines which are not often practiced in evangelical circles. See some of the ways in which we quarterly practice these disciplines both alone and together as we seek to grow up in Christ to maturity.

  • Fasting: in obedience to the biblical During our quarterly day of fasting, staff fast for 1-3 meals, and spend time in prayer during the fast period.
  • Solitude and Silence: we regularly take time to spend in isolation and in silence, listening to the Lord and opening ourselves up to his Word and his Spirit.

Services and Special Liturgy Celebrations
Here at TUMI we center our life and ministry together around the Word and the Lord's Table. We share the Lord's presence in common, worshiping God together, reading the Scriptures, confessing our sins and making intercession for each other in prayer. We hear from the Word of God, and climax our times with a reverent celebration of the redemption and resurrection of Christ in the Eucharist. Below are a few of our templates for these celebrations. Throughout the year we recognize the various seasons and special holy days of the Church Year, and emphasize our yearly theme in our readings and prayer. 

Re-enacting the Christ Event: Seasons of the Church Year
As we celebrate The Church Year together, we begin with the birth of Christ (Advent to Epiphany). Next, in our worship and reflection we focus on the revelation of Christ’s mission to the world (Epiphany and Transfiguration).  We then journey with our Lord to his Passion, being reminded through the Church Year that Jesus set his face toward Jerusalem and the cross (Ash Wednesday and Lent).  We follow the historical events of Christ’s work as it climaxes in his final week–his entry into Jerusalem, his confrontation with his enemies, his Supper with his disciples, his sham trial, his crucifixion, his burial (Holy Week), and his resurrection (Easter).  We affirm in celebration his Ascension to the Father’s right hand in glory (Ascension Day), and remember the birth of his Church through the outpouring of his Spirit on the people (Pentecost). 

We continue our observances as we acknowledge his active presence in the Church, remembering his headship, his mandate to the harvest, and the hope of his Church throughout the ages (Season After Pentecost).  We anticipate the gathering of all believers together at his throne, while remembering his martyrs and generations gone by (All Saints Day). Finally, we anticipate and await his return, and acknowledge in worship and service that Christ will soon reign supreme as Lord and King over all (Reign of Christ the King).  Here you will find writeups for each of the Church Year Seasons. Celebrate the Church Year with us!

Using Tools to Help Form a Shared Spirituality

Church Year Resources
The Christian Year (also known as the Church Year) observances, feasts, and services allows believers today to think “Christianly” about our days and time, helping us to put the events of our everyday lives in the context of the Christ event.

Church Year Calendar 2012-13: The Spirit of the LORD (Year C)

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The Holy Spirit of God (the third person of the Trinity) empowers the Church to worship and serve God through Christ. As the one who inspired the prophets to write the Scriptures, he alone reveals the mystery of Christ's work to us. He alone illumines us as to the meaning of God's saving work in Christ, and provides us the power to fulfill God's will and advance his Kingdom in the earth.

Our 2012-13 Church Year Calendar, The Spirit of the LORD, displays some of the rich biblical imagery associated with the Holy Spirit's person and work. These images provide a clear framework of the Spirit's mighty work within our Lord's life and ministry -- our Savior operated with the Spirit's anointing in all his redemptive work for humankind.

This calendar follows the Christian Year, which starts on Advent's first Sunday and ends with the week of the Feast of the Reign of Christ the King. We also list the weekly texts of Revised Common Lectionary Year C, the major Christian feast days, along with commentary on their meaning within the larger Story of God. Come, join us as we celebrate the presence of God's gracious guarantee of our inheritance in Christ - the Spirit of the LORD!   Purchase your Calendar today:  Church Year Calendar 2012-13: The Spirit of the LORD (Year C)

The Spirit of the LORD: Sacred Roots Annual 2012-2013

2012-2013 Annual image for web-400 This year's guidebook, The Spirit of the LORD: The Sacred Roots Annual 2012-2013, highlights the person and work of the Holy Spirit in our Lord's revelation and redemption. A complimentary resource to our Church Year Calendar by the same name, this annual follows the Lectionary's Year C readings, tracing the meaning of Jesus' kingdom ministry through the lens of the Holy Spirit's anointing and leading. Come, join us as we seek and celebrate the presence of God's gracious guarantee of our inheritance in Christ - the Spirit of the LORD!

Our Sacred Roots Annual follows the calendar events of the Church Year and is organized in order to help you conveniently follow our various readings, prayers, practices, and disciplines as we walk through the Church Year together. If you want to see how we mark time together using our yearly theme, this document will help you greatly! It marks out specifically our teaching schedule and current reading, listing the Scriptural readings we follow that represent the Year B readings of the Revised Common Lectionary. Also, you will see our focus for any given week, showing our annual and quarterly themes, our Scripture memorization discipline, our monthly prayer emphasis (i.e., Let God Arise!), and our ongoing meditation and readings. With our various emphases and practices, we trust that you will be greatly enriched and encouraged as you walk with us as we follow Christ. Purchase your copy today.

sojourners_quest_image_for_web-5002012-2013 Annual and Sojourners-400A Sojourner's Quest resource reader is a companion to our Sacred Roots Annual. To sojourn on spiritual pilgrimage is one of the most vivid and vibrant motifs of spiritual formation in Scripture for the people of God. As a special companion for our Annual, A Sojourner’s Quest is filled with prayers, resources, and insights that will refresh and nourish you greatly as you walk in the Living Way of Christ!  Purchase your copy today.

Our Annual was created and coordinated with our 2012-13 Church Year Calendar: The Spirit of the LORD, as well as A Sojourner's QuestA Sojourner's Quest resource reader is a companion to the Annual, designed to enrich your walk further with its readings, prayers, poems, and articles. Purchase the Sacred Roots Annual together with A Sojourner's Quest at a significant discount.

Our Sacred Roots Annual: The Spirit of the Lord was created and coordinated with our 2012-13 Church Year Calendar: The Spirit of the Lord. Our Church Year Calendar displays some of the rich biblical imagery associated with the Holy Spirit's person and work, and follows the Christian Year from Advent to the Feast of the Reign of Christ the King. Our reader, A Sojourner's Quest, is a companion to the Annual, designed to enrich your walk further with its readings, prayers, poems, and articles. Purchase the Annual, our Church Year Calendar, and A Sojourner's Quest, together for an EVEN GREATER DISCOUNT!

    The Spirit of the LORD Art

    The Spirit of th 50b7cecf9f597 90x90This striking image on our Annual cover is available for your purchase on our website (www.tumi.org/art).  The conviction and heart of Abraham, who did not weaken in his faith even in the face of the most discouraging events, is now offered as an example and inspiration for our Christian lives and service. This wonderful painting can serve to both remind us of Abraham’s faithfulness to persevere in the promise of God, and challenge us to cling to him whose name is Jehovah-jireh (“the Lord will see”, or “the Lord will provide”).  As he was with Abraham, so the living God will be with us, if we only believe and cling to his promise of eternal life in the name of Jesus Christ, his Son and our Savior.

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      Thru-the-Bible Chronological Reading Guide

      cr 2012-2013 reading guide image for web-300TUMI Thru-the-Bible Chronological Reading Guide: Each year we read through the Scriptures together chronologically, seeking to gain greater insight on the entire Story of God as it occurred in historical order of events. In this guide we read through the narrative of the Bible as well as highlight in attractive colors the emphases of the Church Year's time schedule. Reading through the Scriptures in the order the events happened helps us stay on point regarding the true subject matter and theme of the Scriptures: the salvation of God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. This reading not only provides richer insight into the events of Scripture, it also helps us greatly to better comprehend the meaning of the whole story of God's wondrous salvation and grace, which climaxes in the Christ event, his death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and return.

      Once Upon a Time: The Cosmic Drama Through a Biblical Narration of the World

      once_upon_a_time_brochure_image_for_web-300Once Upon a Time: The Cosmic Drama Through a Biblical Narration of the World  --The following storyline chronicles the testimony of Scripture to the Story of God from creation to re-creation.  This outline, by definition, is both selective and representative, and is meant to provide the reader with an overarching sense of the biblical Story’s plot line and development. (Available in tri-fold brochure or poster formats)

      Saints, Martyrs, and Other Luminaries of the Faith


      To whet your appetite on the riches available to those interested in spending time considering the discipleship of the saints, both ancient and modern, please read a synopsis of some of the heroes and heroines of the faith in our Saints, Martyrs, and Other Luminaries of the Faith

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