Via Karis

 

Praying the Psalms - Psalm 32

Psalm 32

The Joy of Forgiveness

Of David. A Maskil.

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered.

Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

 

While I kept silence, my body wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.

For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.  Selah

 

Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the guilt of my sin.   Selah

 

Therefore let all who are faithful
    offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters
    shall not reach them.

You are a hiding place for me;
    you preserve me from trouble;
    you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.  Selah

 

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
    whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,
    else it will not stay near you.

 

10 Many are the torments of the wicked,
    but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.

11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous,
    and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

Litany of Commitment

Via Karis Litany of Commitment

As a covenant community, brought by faith and by God’s grace
to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior,
and quickened by the power of the Holy Spirit,

We promise anew to make the parable
path of Jesus our way of life.

Assured that our sins have been washed away in baptism,
and knowing that we are new creations, reconciled to God in Christ,

We will remember we are beloved children of God.

Knowing the Word of God is living and active, and that all Scripture
is inspired by God and useful for training in righteousness,
so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient,
equipped for every good work,

We will pray a Psalm daily.

With glad and generous hearts, remembering Christ’s presence
with us in the breaking of the bread and sharing of the cup,
and Christ’s prayer that we may be one with him,
and one with each other,

We will break bread with one another weekly.

Considering how we may spur one another on toward love
and good deeds, not giving up meeting together,
but encouraging one another as we see the Day approaching,

We will worship weekly with the Body of Christ.

Remembering the seventh day, when God saw everything God
had made and called it very good, and upholding, as creatures
made in God’s image, our divine commission to care for all creation,

We will attend daily to the beauty of the world.

We, the members of First Baptist Church of Asheville,
with true hearts and in full assurance of faith,
holding fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
do commit ourselves from this day forward to learning
and practicing Via Karis as a way of grace
for our fellowship.  Amen.

Via Karis

Via Karis (“Way of Grace”) is a guide for our church that combines essential teachings of the Christian faith with a “Rule of Life” composed of five spiritual practices. This way of grace offers our congregation practical ways to deepen our friendship with God and one another through worship, education, mission, and fellowship.