The Way of Love is a way of life and is the reason we exist as a faith community at all. Beyond creating conscious or unconscious habits, the Way of Love invites us to engage seven intentional, spiritual practices that distill millennia of Judeo-Christian tradition and wisdom. If someone asks you, “What is Christianity about?”, you can say this: it’s a journey toward God’s reconciliation, set in the landscape of God’s overwhelming love; and the steps on the journey are spiritual practices that we engage as a community: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.
The only limit to how meaningful this can become for us is our willingness to engage these practices, opening ourselves to the power of God’s Spirit working in and through them. Let’s journey together, and see where God’s Spirit takes us.
The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is a return to the ancient pathways and Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. They knew the power of commitment to a core set of practices – Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest – and the power of gathering in a small group where you find love and support for living into these commitments. If we hope to not only worship Jesus but to grow more like him and bear his redeeming love in the world, we can adopt a rule of life like the Way of Love and find a community with which to practice it.
A Rule of Life is an intentional commitment to a set of practices that provide guidance, rhythm and inspiration for living a beautiful, meaningful and holy life. As we place these practices at the heart of our daily lives and join with companions who share the commitment, we grow more and more in the unselfish, hope-filled Way of Love that Jesus embodied in the world.
We invite you to take time exploring these practices for living a Jesus-centered life. Sit with the words from scripture and from the Book of Common Prayer, pray over the practice, reflect and discern where God is calling you, and note the “Helpful Terms” at the end if you want to learn a little more. And remember: no one follows Jesus all alone. The ideal way to live the Way of Love is in a community of love, support and accountability.