Collect for Ash Wednesday
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have
made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily
lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission
and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen. Book of Common Prayer
Wednesdays in Lent
March 1, 8, 22, 29
Wednesday, March 1, 8, 22 & 29 from 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
Dinner will be provided.
Are the Gospel stories in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John merely four ways of revealing the same good news? Come join us Wednesdays during Lent, where we’ll nurture some love and understanding for these stories that so richly capture the awe-inspiring person that is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we prepare to meet our Lord on Easter this Lenten season, come see how each Gospel story is creatively and meticulously crafted to draw us closer and closer to Jesus
Sunday Mornings in Lent
9:30 am - 10:15 am
Sunday, March 5
Celtic Christian Spirituality with Kathy Reiter
Jeremiah 6:16 This is what the Lord says, “Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls…”
Known best by its roots in Ireland, Celtic spirituality has much to teach us for the way place, symbol, nature and prayer can play key roles in integrating faith into daily life. The Celts surrounded themselves with symbolism and lived in a rhythm of prayer to keep themselves aware of God’s presence. We will look at the ancient paths of the Celtic Christians to see what good is in them for our day
Sunday, March 12, 19, 26
Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life
“A spiritual practice is a concrete action we engage in on a regular basis in order to bring ourselves back to what’s real.” (The Spiritual Resilience Book by Connie Fourré)
Spiritual practices are meant to be regularly and mindfully practiced. They help you deepen your relationship with God and the sacred world around you. Spiritual practices are contemplative, reflective, and powerful. Beginning on Sunday, March 12th during Adult Formation (9:30 – 10:15 am), we will focus on three specific spiritual practices.
Surrendering / Letting Go
Please join us for this 3-day series (March 12, 19, 26) as we delve into these three spiritual practices.
Lectio Divina is an ancient contemplative prayer practice. The Latin phrase literally means "divine reading." The use of the word divine implies that reading brings us to a kind of closeness with God's very being rather than with a sacred object one step removed. The word lectio is derived from the verb legere, which means "to choose or to pick. " Lectio divina may be said to be a "divine picking or choosing of a given sentence, phrase or word through which God speaks" Lectio divina is a contemplative way of praying with sacred texts where we encounter God in a profoundly intimate or direct way. Lectio Divina The Sacred Art by Christine Valters Paintner
There are four movements in the process: lectio, meditatio, oratio, contemplatio.
1. Lectio (Read) - Read a passage from scripture. Perhaps try it with the readings for this Sunday in the Revised Common Lectionary. Listen with your heart for a word or phrase that captures your attention.
2. Meditatio (Reflect) - Reflect on the word or phrase with curiosity. Pay attention to what is stirring in your heart.
3. Oratio (Respond) - As you deepen listening, allow yourself to offer a grateful heart to what arises.
4. Contemplatio (Resting) - Rest in God's presence as you open to God's word.
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