Our annual visit from our Bishop is coming up on Sunday June 18th. This visit also provides an opportunity to be confirmed in the Anglican church. If you are interested in being confirmed classes are offer the first two weeks of June (June 1, 3, 8 or 10). Attendance of two sessions is required. If you have any further questions or are interested please contact Melissa Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Active Prayer: From Journaling to Jogging - Psalm 35:1-28
“When I am walking, God speaks to me,” said a friend. “I find that as soon as my hand begins to move the pen across the paper, I can connect with God in profound ways,” said another person in the habit of doing active prayer. For many, walking, listening to music, journaling or gardening opens a vista to God. In this sermon, we will work on this technique and see how it is modeled for us in Scripture.
Listening Prayer: Our Response to Love - Psalm 23:1-6
Our prayer lives can be like a mountain stream; swiftly moving and with little depth. Streams that run down mountain canyons are shallow even though they are very active. The water just keeps moving over the rocks and out of the canyon. Listening prayer is the act of slowing down and then stopping. Instead of talking and moving, we stop and listen. Listening prayer is like a dam built across a mountain canyon. The water is stopped temporarily and becomes deep. It holds back the active experiences of our prayer lives and allows us to gain some depth and to hear God. The importance of listening prayer is not in having the “right” prayers to pray, but in stopping for a long enough time in your day that you can hear the words of the God who loves you beyond measure. Join us as we discover the biblical basis for listening prayer and explore practical ways to engage in this form of communication with God.
Praying the Word: Lectio Divina - Psalm 119:145-152
Coming from the Benedictine tradition, the ancient form of prayer called lectio divina, means the divine reading. It has been compared to savoring a delicacy. You chose a certain kind of food. You take it up, examine it. Place it in your mouth, chew it carefully and with intent, savor it, and then digest it, allowing it to nourish your body. Since the Word of God is the primary means by which God has chosen to communicate with us, learning to pray Scripture is an exhilarating form of communion with God- craved by those who acquire its taste. Join us as we explore what Lectio Divina is and how to pray in this fashion.