L i f e in C o m m uni t y 65 faith in one baptism, one calling, one profession of vows, and one Spirit of love who guides us in all things. Prayer 84 Christ taught us how to pray in the Lord’s Prayer, and promised: “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” We are to pray without ceasing. Prayer is the lifeblood of church community, both in the personal life of each member and in daily communal gatherings. When we pray together we must approach God humbly. Spoken prayers are simple. We have no ­liturgies, no consecrated buildings, but want to worship “in spirit and truth.” We often meet outdoors where the beauty of nature lifts our hearts and reminds us of the greatness of our Creator. 85 Prayer can take many forms. Silent prayer is an essential part of our common life. We also recognize the importance of voluntary fasting (by adults) as a form of intensified prayer. In addition, singing and music can be a form of prayer. Many of the songs we sing might not appear to be religious at all – songs about nature or love may best express what moves our hearts and so bring honor to God, the maker of all things. Community of Goods 86 Community of goods and a common purse are the practical expressions of the vocation of church Eph 4:1–6; Gal 3:26–28 Matt 6:9–15 Mark 11:24 nrsv 1 Thess 5:17 2 Cor 1:11; Phil 1:19 Acts 2:42; Eph 6:18 Matt 6:5–8 John 4:21–24 Ps 121:1–2 Rom 8:26–27; Ps 46:10 Matt 4:2; 6:16–18 Acts 13:2–3; Joel 2:12–13 Ps 98; Col 3:16 Acts 2; 4