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Here are some

Of the NVCAP’s
Publications over the
Years. When I started
Art school back in 1987
I started contributing to
Strong Coffee Magazine &
Basically fell in love with the
Book Arts. I started my art
press some 3 years later.
The few slides I just shared
with you are to give you a
little picture in how my life
began to take God’s gifts
of creativity to me into my
New life in ministry.

This is what I’ve been


doing these days at the
Congregation I’m currently
serving—
First Congregational
United Church of Christ

The digital art & the


poster I have created to
reflect this coming
Sunday’s service.


What we’re thinking about doing here today is a vital reflection of a part of the mission
and ministry of the Clark County Ministerial Association.
Oratio
Meditatio
Tentatio Also know as S.O.A.P
What is a SOAP?
 Scripture—a snippet of the Word of God to be
contemplated, meditated upon & prayed upon
 Observation—What are your initial responses
to its meaning?
 Application—From all you have contemplated
and meditated upon, how will this be applied to
your discipleship journey?
 & Prayer—This should naturally flow from the
Spirit’s voice in your heart to create and share.
This is your witness.
The excerpt below is from my last book—’A Time of Prayer with Paul.’ ©2014

A SOAP around St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians chapter 5:22-26


Galatians 5
22By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,

faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24And
those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26Let us not become

conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.

Choosing to do this SOAP came out of reflecting on being a compassionate pastoral


leader “inside and outside” of both yourself and in your ministries within the church.
The first church is the soul—the heart, inner core of the disciple. This is the tabernacle
of the Holy Spirit’s ministry in Your life to shape and transform you to live into God’s
plan for you as His disciple.

St. Paul was very frustrated with the Galatians not understanding the steps of living
into the lifestyle of Grace. In fact a good chunk of the letter nearly has him “yelling” at
them to shape up! This final aspect of the letter articulates what Paul experienced
personally on his journey as someone greatly hearing and living into God’s plans.
A verse of Scripture:
22By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.

Observation: The Christian life needs to be centered in obedience to the work of the
Spirit which bears great gifts.

Application: How we come to bear spiritual fruit is through a disciplined focus on


listening deeply for God’s Word in your heart—allowing the Holy Spirit to flow through
you. Spiritual fruit is not born of human wisdom but of heart wisdom grown in faith as
a manifestation of GRACE lived.

Prayer: Gracious and ever loving God, help us to build our spiritual foundation,
Mold and shape us through your Grace to be fruitful trees,
May our hearts over flow with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, May we come to share this with the world
As we grow in obedience to your New Law—
The one founded in the Love and Grace of Christ Jesus Your Son.
AMEN
Are you feeling inspired?
Look up what text you’d like to make a SOAP from
& Give it a try!
Just One more
thing…. If anyone
is interested,
I am planning a book
with proceeds to go to
the Red Cross.

Please see the handout


cards

Deadline is extended to
November 30th~ we would
like to finish production
before Christmas