February 06, 2018: Body in prayer, Body in motion

February 06, 2018

Bible Study Session 5: 

This week, we will conclude our “Going Deeper” series on prayer by talking about embodied prayer and studying Romans 12:1-5.

Our Christian history is mixed when it comes to questions of the body. The body is talked about negatively as “flesh” in scripture at times, and yet in other texts, the church is described as the “Body of Christ” and the body is lifted up as God’s temple.

Our Puritan ancestors considered the body with great suspicion, and yet there is also a rich UCC tradition of dance, movement, and ritual that encourages engaging our senses in order to draw nearer to God.

What do we adopt and what do we reject? How do we (comfortably) use our bodies connect to God in prayer? How might we deepen our faith through practices that incorporate movement? I look forward to exploring this complex topic with you next week!

Bible Study Scripture:

Romans 12: 1-5

New Revised Standard Version

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.