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Living Life Marked as Christ’s Own
In our Baptism, we were “sealed by the Holy Spirit” and “marked as Christ’s own forever” by God’s grace, we share in the Divine Life, given to us in Baptism. How does this Life express itself in and through us?  If we are “marked as Christ’s own,” what are the “marks of love” that characterize the Divine Life abiding and at work within us?

5 Marks of Love

We recommend that you pick a Sunday to start. If you are going to follow this as a group we suggest that you all coordinate the the same start date. The email will deliver at 7am EST starting on the date you pick. (unfortunately we cannot deliver these in local time)

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This six-week series provides the opportunity to observe and to reflect on the ways in which the Divine Life expresses itself in and through us; individually and in our faith communities, as well as in the world around us.  Each week will explore the Anglican Marks of Mission (Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform and Treasure) through videos, questions and exercises so we can speak more clearly and act truthfully, motivated always by hearts marked by God’s love.

The Marks of Love are not simply a list of tasks to be checked off one after the other; they are signs that our life is rooted and grounded in the Being of God. The Brothers of SSJE will draw on their own monastic spirituality to help us balance action with contemplation, so that our words and deeds proceed from the deepest places of our hearts, where God dwells.  The resource encourages us to reflect on how we should live, not what we should do.

This series is designed for use by individuals or small groups. In small groups, facilitators will guide the growing process as participants discuss and learn together. For individuals, daily videos and reflections will lead them through a similar process. Ultimately participants will learn to offer themselves, body and soul, to God’s Mission, and to live for God’s glory. Materials and videos are free online and as downloads.

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  1. […] This six-week series invites us to observe and reflect on the ways in which the Divine Life expresses itself in and through us; individually and in our faith communities, as well as in the world around us. Be sure to check out the online site at: http://www.ssje.org/ssje/5marksoflove/ […]

  2. […] This six-week series invites us to observe and reflect on the ways in which the Divine Life expresses itself in and through us; individually and in our faith communities, as well as in the world around us. Be sure to check out the online site at: http://www.ssje.org/ssje/5marksoflove/ […]

  3. Janice Izlar on March 9, 2017 at 19:17

    I am excited to be able to participate.

  4. Elaine Taylor on March 7, 2017 at 11:13

    Looking forward to sharing

  5. Fiona Retief on March 7, 2017 at 03:32

    This looks like a wonderful and practical study.

  6. Joanna Cotter on March 6, 2017 at 20:55

    I am pleased to once again share, ponder, question and reflect on God’s guidance and presence in my life as part of my Lenten journey. Reverend Sue made this series available, and I find the title Five Marks of Love intriguing and inspiring.

  7. Katharine Fleming on March 4, 2017 at 10:55

    I visited the Monastery many years ago, and look forward to receiving the e-mails from the Brothers.

  8. […] The 5 Marks of Love (More information. Sign up form.) […]

  9. Sandy swift on March 3, 2017 at 11:13

    I had the wonderful experience of attending a service with you all and my dear friend father Edmund Harris. He shared with me your website and I am so happy to be making this a part of my Lenten worship and meditation.

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  11. […] Society of St. John the Evangelist’s Five Marks of Love This six-week series provides the opportunity to observe and to reflect on the ways in which the Divine Life expresses itself in and through us; individually and in our faith communities, as well as in the world around us.  Each week will explore the Anglican Marks of Mission (Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform and Treasure) through videos, questions and exercises so we can speak more clearly and act truthfully, motivated always by hearts marked by God’s love. More information here […]

  12. Cassandra Winger on March 1, 2017 at 19:07

    I learned about the series through my Rector, I have read three emails and viewed three videos. I am happy that so far the course has been in understandable layman’s terms.
    I was afraid that I it would be like my four years of EFM that took a lot of research to stay on task.
    Thank you for this Lenten study

  13. Elaine Konoski on March 1, 2017 at 17:50

    I am really excited to have this opportunity. I thank you ahead of time

  14. […] the free program, whether individually or in groups.  Sign-up is readily accessible at the series website – just name and email (no user name, password or address needed).  When you sign up, you receive […]

  15. David Cone on March 1, 2017 at 09:07

    Thanks for leading

  16. Nan on March 1, 2017 at 08:24

    I’m ready to have God in my life, every minute.

  17. george spencer on February 28, 2017 at 17:03

    I am looking forward to participate in this six-week series. I recognise that I need to grow deeper in my spiritual life because spirituality is an ongoing process and dynamic. Thank for sharing.
    Fr. George

  18. Sharon Rathbun on February 28, 2017 at 15:02

    I’m looking forward to the 5 Marks of Love Lenten study.

  19. Sherryl on February 28, 2017 at 04:58

    I believe this will help me grow and broaden my spiritual perspective as I continue my journey on this earth.

  20. Nancy on February 27, 2017 at 20:20

    I need this in my life now.

  21. Kathleen Emmons on February 27, 2017 at 08:15

    We are going to utilize this for our prayer Group during Lent.

  22. Joanne Kraycs on February 26, 2017 at 21:36

    Iam looking forward to this as a Lenten study.

  23. Roxanne anthony on February 26, 2017 at 20:26

    I’m quite interested. I’m looking forward to the structure to help focus myself during lent

  24. Roy Port on February 26, 2017 at 19:16

    I’m looking forward to gaining a firm,er foothold in my walk with God

  25. Joan Guerra on February 26, 2017 at 16:01

    Looking forward to the study over the next six weeks.

  26. Ellyn Gałecki on February 26, 2017 at 11:44

    I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to participate. I feel deeply called to serve to serve God. I am hopeful that this Lenten offering will add to my discernment. Thank you.

  27. Leila on February 26, 2017 at 11:34

    I have enjoyed utilizing the resources provided by SSJE for serveral years now. They have assisted me in growing my relationship with God through a disciplined and purposeful approach inspired by love.

  28. Jane Kominiak on February 25, 2017 at 10:49

    Am looking forward to the series.

  29. Rhonda Lawrence on February 24, 2017 at 21:00

    This will be so wonderful to
    partake in. Thanking you for
    this opportunity to have
    our Lord as my constant love and
    guide into righteousness and share his care and love to others.

  30. Robert Bagioni on February 24, 2017 at 18:34

    After using the Rules of Life last year we were eager to participate in this years offering. Parishioners were asking in January if we we planning to participate again this year. We are looking forward to a rewarding Lenten season.

  31. Wayne E. Clark on February 24, 2017 at 12:25

    Looking forward to studying this.

  32. Emmetri Monica Beane on February 23, 2017 at 16:24

    With the climate of the United States being what it is at this time, the 5 Marks of Love are so appropriate. As I put down social media during Lent, I am grateful to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist for giving me the 5 Marks of Love to take up, make my own and share.
    — The Rev. Emmetri Monica Beane
    Deacon
    Little Fork Episcopal Church
    Rixeyville, VA

  33. Allene T. Taylor on February 23, 2017 at 15:20

    Am very grateful to participate in the 5 MARKS OF LOVE. Thank you.

  34. Gary Harvey on February 23, 2017 at 08:03

    I’ll be suggesting this 6 week series become my church men’s group focus for weekly discussion, and spiritual exploration in Lent.

  35. Joan Powers on February 22, 2017 at 22:07

    Looking forward to this. My parish is doing this and that is where I got the information..

  36. Nancy Marcy on February 22, 2017 at 16:53

    My church, The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City, is using this as a Lenten study. The regular noonday prayer and Bible study will be working through the series. Members & guests may also come to an evening study group. I am looking forward to yet another way to be a part of my church family.

  37. Rev. Wectnick Paul on February 22, 2017 at 11:46

    Thank you very much for the coming series

  38. Douglas Hutto on February 22, 2017 at 06:36

    Thank you for this gift..

  39. Amanda Clemens Tudor on February 22, 2017 at 05:54

    Thank you!

  40. Darlene Thibault on February 21, 2017 at 14:28

    I am very interested in this program. It was suggested by my loving and caring daughter. She was in a very bad place at one time. Suffers from Lyme Disease but finds relief in the writings of the Bible.

  41. Edith Raby on February 20, 2017 at 14:14

    This is so wonderful! My whole church is looking forward to doing the series!

  42. Jim Belmont on February 20, 2017 at 13:13

    I have been following off & on the “daily word”.
    This seems to be to good next step. This is also a wonderful opportunity to learn more how to be ministered to and to minister to others.
    Also thank you for this Lenten gift to learn more of God Love and how one can shre that love with others.
    Thank you,
    Jim Belmont

  43. Michael on February 20, 2017 at 12:53

    Enjoyed last years series very much and I’m looking forward to this year’s series

  44. Helen Bell on February 20, 2017 at 12:53

    I have been struggling to hold on to the Love side of life as I’m been engaged in political battles of late. I pray this series will help me to refocus on Love.

  45. Rev'd John Emlyn Harris-White on February 20, 2017 at 12:01

    Thank you for your thoughtful work, in the tradition of the Cowley Fathers.
    Enabling us all, wherever we are in the Anglican Communion to grow in Grace and Love.

    Fr John West Lothian Scotland

  46. Cliff Langford on February 20, 2017 at 12:00

    This is a fine Lenten study. Can’t wait to start.

  47. Victoria Gelberg on February 20, 2017 at 11:02

    I want you to know how blessed I am to hold the roots of my faith, pulled up from their covering, and then replanted in my soul’s soil. I found your path through the Advent Calendar. So glad to be on this path with you and the One who draws us nearer and deeper into Truth and Grace.

  48. Fr Roger Marsh on February 20, 2017 at 11:00

    I am very much looking forward to receiving this course as I found that of last year very useful.
    I also enjoy being in daily touch with SSJE in the USA as I can no longer have that link here. One day perhaps I shall cross the Pond!
    Many thanks
    Fr Roger

  49. Zara on February 20, 2017 at 08:38

    Looking forward to this as I so enjoyed it last year. Our church will support the program with weekly discussions so we get the best of both I ndividial and group benefits. I will be traveling in Lent but I won’t miss a step! Thank you she.

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  51. Mary on February 16, 2017 at 15:36

    Thank you so much for this! On February 19, I am going to be leading an orientation to the 5 Marks of Love for our congregation. I have the books, but can you clarify the timeline of the accompanying videos? Do they begin on February 26? Does the “Tell” section start that day, or is it better saved for the first full week of Lent?

    • Reviewer on February 17, 2017 at 05:58

      The series will start on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, February 26. The videos and activity for the week are intended as a starting point, hopefully setting the table and getting folks in the swing of the rhythm of the series and starting some thoughts and reflections.

      The “Tell” section follows that week, starting with Sunday March 5. The weeks begin on Sundays with an Introduction to the week ahead as well as an overview of the activity for the week. Each Saturday, rather than a brother, a lay person who has done the activity will be presented in a video, sharing their experiences of where the activity led them and what it provoked for them.

      We deliberately design these offerings in such a way that they may be adaptable, and used at any time during the year. So, we do hope that you may use the series on whatever timeframe works best for the group. We know some groups meet once a week and view all of the videos from that week together and discuss. Others meet twice a week and discuss and do the activity together. And others may have each individual in the group follow along on their own during the week and then as a group, they come together and discuss their thoughts, or perhaps they do the week’s activity together.

      There really is no set timeframe required to utilize the series, so adapting it to a schedule that works best for your group should provide everyone with the most rewarding experience.

  52. JConkle on February 15, 2017 at 21:08

    I am looking forward to participating.

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    […] The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, a monastic community of the Episcopal Church, has an online, Lenten resource called “5 Marks of Love”. You can sign up for daily emails when you click here. […]

  54. Mary-Lou Cleveland on February 13, 2017 at 22:31

    Looking forward to this resource as a reflective activity in searching for my best self.

  55. Laura Krustchinsky on February 8, 2017 at 11:33

    I did not do or read the Rule of Life from last year. Do you have them archived where I could read them? I happen to be doing that right now.

    • Reviewer on February 8, 2017 at 13:17

      SSJE is happy to now be able to offer the series to be delivered at anytime. Please complete the brief form on this page: http://ssje.org/ssje/growrule/ to sign up and select the date you would like to start receiving the meditations. Each day, a video meditation with question for reflection will be delivered to your in-box.

  56. Nancy Walter on February 6, 2017 at 20:09

    So looking forward to this!

  57. Brenda Hamilton on February 4, 2017 at 08:07

    I have been joining the Brothers now in these Lenten meditations for 3 years. I find them really helpful to my journey and spiritual discipline. If you are just now finding these, I recommend going to ssje website and finding the archived materials for developing a Rule of Life. They have helped me redefine my worshipping communities and practices as the Church evolves into new forms for the 21st century.

  58. Bafa U. Armon on January 21, 2017 at 01:33

    I’m just getting excitement about the series of articles, books and ministry materials, which will enhance our relationship and ministry activities with others

  59. […] The Marks of Love are not simply a list of tasks to be checked off one after the other; they are signs that our life is rooted and grounded in the Being of God. The Brothers of SSJE will draw on their own monastic spirituality to help us balance action with contemplation, so that our words and deeds proceed from the deepest places of our hearts, where God dwells. The resource encourages us to reflect on how we should live, not what we should do. […]

  60. Pascoal Noronha on January 17, 2017 at 08:49

    I am anxiously awaiting these inputs . God bless u.

  61. Ginger Graves on January 9, 2017 at 09:50

    The last two Lenten series were rich and thoughtful as to affect me all year through. “Time” raised an everlasting awareness in me, and “Growing” my rule of life gave me more clarity on change that was possible. Actually small steps in one view, but hugely important for me (and those around me.)

  62. Dyane Hyer on January 5, 2017 at 19:32

    Thank You, may we all Love God’s Life the sooner 70 x 7 in season & out…
    Dyane Hyer

  63. Jonathan Appleyard on January 4, 2017 at 05:52

    Thank you.

    One of the monastic wisdom series was on Time. I wanted to revisit that teaching and have had difficulty finding access to it on the webpage. Is there a simple way to access it?

    Thank you for your continuing ministry, Jonathan

    • Reviewer on January 4, 2017 at 07:46

      We will be working towards making previous Lenten offerings available for delivery, but for now, we can only do so for the 2016 “Growing A Rule of Life” series. However, all of the videos from the “Time” series can be accessed via this link to the SSJE youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlNCTk6MJbI0hdUHohUNYwtTf2ptRADuU

      Please email friends@ssje.org if you would like either the workbook for the “Time” series, or the Monastic Wisdom booklet, which accompanied the series.

      And for the “Love Life” series, “Praying Our Lives” and “Framework for Freedom” series’ you may use this link to access the videos for those series (keep hitting “Show More” to view the entire list): https://www.youtube.com/user/SSJEOnline/videos?sort=dd&view=0&shelf_id=1

  64. Fred Klinck on December 22, 2016 at 12:11

    Looking at this as a Lenten study offering at our church

  65. Micheal lenahan on December 14, 2016 at 10:37

    Last years growing a. Rule of life was really great. I’m looking forward to this years offering.

  66. The Rev Sherry Hardwick Thomas on December 1, 2016 at 18:13

    Thank you for enriching Advent for me and for those I touch.

  67. Laine Covington-Goren on November 15, 2016 at 16:12

    Although I am living in Colorado I am very interested in this series. As I get older I realize I need to work harder on recognizing God’s presence my life.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  68. Virginia Harlan on November 9, 2016 at 11:52

    Sounds like a wonderful opportunity to refocus – to really try loving as the center of living. Probably hard to stick to, but really worth trying.
    Thank you for your many offerings of love.

  69. Jaan Sass on October 20, 2016 at 18:18

    I am definitely interested this sounds like it will be a great series I am working through Growing a rule of life late I might add but I have found it rewarding and helpful.

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