This morning, we will begin, with a spiritual practice known as Remembrance. Part of our retreating this morning will be focused on remembering and engaging in your personal memories. This might be new for you but it wasn’t very new to the Israelites in Exodus or the disciples in the New Testament. Remembering how God was at work and currently at work was central to their lives. When we engage in Scripture we are also remembering what God has done and will do now.

Why Should We Practice Remembering?

We’ve forgotten our own history. As a result, we don’t fully understand the present and our role in it. To forget our story is to forget who we are and why we’re here. Sometimes we give others the right to tell us what our own story is. God’s people are always in danger of losing their memory, forgetting who they are and whose they are.

Moses knows this and says:
“But be on guard and watch yourselves closely so that you don’t forget the things your eyes saw and so they never leave your mind as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your grandchildren.” -Deut 4:9

“Don’t think to yourself, My own strength and abilities have produced all this prosperity for me. Remember the Lord your God! He’s the one who gives you the strength to be prosperous in order to establish the covenant he made with your ancestors—and that’s how things stand right now.” -Deut 8:17-18

In their culture, the Israelites had practices/rituals that reminded them of God and celebrated God in their story.

In the same essence, Jesus institutes us to remember what he will do for us and remember God’s deep love for us. Before Jesus retreats to Gethsemane he practices Remembrance with his disciples.

“When the time came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles joined him. He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. I tell you, I won’t eat it until it is fulfilled in God’s kingdom.” After taking a cup and giving thanks, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. I tell you that from now on I won’t drink from the fruit of the vine until God’s kingdom has come.” After taking the bread and giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup after the meal and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant by my blood, which is poured out for you.'” -Luke 22:14-23

What to expect?

  1. Center and prepare yourself to be still
  2. You may reflect on all three of the prompts or spend your time slowly with 1-2 of the prompts
  3. Silently reflect, contemplate, and journal. You are welcome to creatively express by drawing, writing or etc.
  4. Share with each other

Gather journal/pen or other materials


Take a moment to center yourself

You may listen to a song that helps center yourself and while you pray/reflect on the prompts below.


Remembrance Prompts…

Remembrance of Peace, refuge, safety:
Take your time with each step pausing to give yourself permission become more and more open to what the Spirit wants to reveal to you now.

  1. In prayer, ask God to highlight a memory where you experienced safety, refuge, peace, and wholeness. There’s no right or wrong answer or experience.
  2. Take a moment to recall, notice, relive that moment. It’s okay if other memories come up. Jot down (write, draw, etc) the memories that come up. If too much or overwhelming, give yourself permission to stop.
  3. Remember and notice how God showed up in this moment. Jot down anything that comes up.
  4. Notice the similarities and contrasts to your experience then and now. Add this to what you’ve jot down so far.
  5. Ask God, for the grace, peace, and encouragement that you need right now. Most importantly, jot this down, highlight this so you will hold onto this and remember.

Remembrance of Faith:
Take your time with each step pausing to give yourself permission become more and more open to what the Spirit wants to reveal to you now.

  1. In prayer, ask God to highlight a memory where you experienced a moment of faith. There’s no right or wrong answer or experience.
  2. Take a moment to recall, notice, relive that moment. It’s okay if other memories come up. Jot down (write, draw, etc) the memories that come up. If too much or overwhelming, give yourself permission to stop.
  3. Remember and notice how God showed up in this moment. Jot down anything that comes up.
  4. Notice the similarities and contrasts to your experience then and now. Add this to what you’ve jot down so far.
  5. Ask God, for the grace, peace, and encouragement that you need right now. Most importantly, jot this down, highlight this so you will hold onto this and remember.

Remembrance of Spiritual Freedom:

  1. In prayer, ask God to highlight a memory where you personally encountered Spiritual freedom in God.
  2. Take a moment to recall, notice, relive that moment. It’s okay if other memories come up. Jot down (write, draw, etc) the memories that come up. If too much or overwhelming, give yourself permission to stop.
  3. Remember and notice how God showed up in this moment. Jot down anything that comes up.
  4. Notice the similarities and contrasts to your experience then and now. Add this to what you’ve jot down so far.
  5. Ask God, for the grace, peace, and encouragement that you need right now. Most importantly, jot this down, highlight this so you will hold onto this and remember.

Continue to take another moment to personally process your experience of Remembering and thanking God.


Share your experience with each other

Discussion Questions

  1. How did you feel as you went through the prompts? What are some things that you noticed? What are you realizing about yourself?
  2. How did remembering help you notice God in the past and right now?
  3. As you feel comfortable sharing, what came up for you in the prompts you did?
  4. What did God want you to remember about Himself? What did God want you to know about yourself and your story?
  5. How will you continue to hold onto remembering God during your retreat? How about beyond the retreat?

Head back to LG Main Session at 11:55am, Zoom Link