This week we explored the formative influence of "The Two Great Books". Throughout history, Church fathers & mothers have spoken of God's revelation in both the book of Scripture and the "book" of Creation/Nature. Many of us need fresh permission to experience God prayerfully in the world he has made. This world is God-soaked and creation itself is an ongoing worship service already in progress. Take some time and listen to this Creation Liturgy playlist on Spotify next time you go on a walk, hike, or adventure and see if God meets you in a fresh way as you experience creation.
Building on last week's introduction, we dive deeper into the cultivation of a prayer-filled life. This time we're led by special guests Larry & Jody Green from Cloud Walk and Evan Chasteen from the ThinSpace podcast. After a casual conversation on prayer, Larry leads us in an imaginative exercise to Be with Jesus.
This week, we explore Jesus' call to a prayer-filled life, and how the great contemplative traditions within Church guide us in practicing the presence of God. After a short talk, Jennie Wheaton guides us in an extended prayer practice to Be with Jesus.
This year, we're entering into Holy Week one day at a time. Holy Saturday invites us into the place between the pain and the promise. Morgan leads us in a reflection of how often life can seem like a Holy Saturday, in-between reality, and how we might meet Jesus in all that is unresolved.
This year, we're entering into Holy Week one day at a time. On Good Friday, we step into the courts to listen in on the trial of Jesus and the cries of the mob as it turns on him. As on that day, we are presented with the choice between two visions of Jesus, two contrasting Messiahs, two sons of the Father. Which image of Jesus will we allow our lives to be conformed to?
This year, we're entering into Holy Week one day at a time. This Maundy Thursday, we enter the Upper Room & follow Jesus to the garden. We notice the postures of the disciples – around the table, eating, reclining, sleeping, denying, betraying. How might we be invited to prayerfully discern the difference between "my will" and "thy will"?
This year, we're entering into Holy Week one day at a time. This first video covers the events from Palm Sunday through Spy Wednesday and in it we see how Holy Week is a symbol of sorts for the full range of human experience. We'll zoom in on the contrasting postures of Judas the Betrayer and Mary the Anointer - where are we grabbing on, and where are we pouring out?
In anticipation of "rainy days" during this season of outdoor church gatherings, we've created some simple and spacious prayer services to call on when needed. This first "Rainy Day" gathering was created by David Darnell and a handful of others in our Parish community. We encourage you to find a quiet space to meet with God as this video guides you in a 25 minute time of prayer.
This prayer guide walks you through the process of charting your losses in this season then looking with fresh imagination for how God might raise you up to fresh purpose on the other side of pain. We encourage you to take 30 minutes this week and use this worksheet to guide a time of journaling and prayer.