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SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018
Third Sunday in Lent
Sermon: “Finding Your Breath: Listening to our Bodies”
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. – Romans 8: 26-30; 38-39
Our sacred texts connect the breath of God with our own aliveness–God blew breath into us at creation and we continue to breathe all of creation in and out of our bodies constantly. The early church also believed that breath and Spirit were one in the same. How might the meditative practice of paying attention to our breath be, in and of itself, a prayer of connection to God? When we embrace our bodies as the holy vessel of God, we become even more our True Selves–which has been there all along.
SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018
Due to schedule conflicts we will be cancelling Confirmation and Praise Worship on Saturday March 10th. Both will resume on March 24th.
SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sermon: “Finding a Word: Listening to the Texts”
Wisdom shouts in the street; in the public square she raises her voice. Above the noisy crowd, she calls out. At the entrances of the city gates, she has her say: “How long will you clueless people love your naïveté, mockers hold their mocking dear, and fools hate knowledge? You should respond when I correct you. Look, I’ll pour out my spirit on you. I’ll reveal my words to you.” -Proverbs 1: 20-23
The Wisdom tradition within Christianity invites us to love knowledge, especially the self-knowledge that comes from examining ourselves in relationship to the liberating Word of God. Lectio divina (“divine reading”) is an ancient tradition of mixing the reading of scripture with prayer and meditation. Rather than an analytical approach to the words of scripture, it is a way for the words to simply be present and live in us. What will we hear when we let go of what it all is “supposed to” mean and simply let it reside within us?
SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Sermon: “Finding Your Power: Listening for Healing”
Because she had heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his clothes. She was thinking, If I can just touch his clothes, I’ll be healed. – Mark 5: 24-34
Prayer as a spiritual practice may come easily for you and maybe it doesn’t. Even the most devout among us has doubts about prayer’s power at times. What is it? How does it work? This week we will consider that the mechanics of what happens in prayer is not as important as that we do it. Because whether or not the outcome for ourselves or others is an actual healing, the very act of being entangled with God and with others through prayer has healing and power-bestowing benefits.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018
Confirmation Class: 6:00 pm
Praise Worship 7:00 pm
SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018
Sermon: “Finding Your Purpose: Listening to Your Heart”
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane… And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” – Matthew 26: 36-46
Jesus’ prayer life was described most often in the scriptures as something he did “away” from the crowds or disciples. As we come to the last week of this Lent journey, we have experienced the blessings of turning away from the noise of the world in order to turn inward to hear that “still small voice” of God, and finding our own voice of wisdom there as well. This Sunday begins the story of the end of Jesus’ human life. The scripture contains one of the rare examples of how Jesus prayed. It was honest, it was gut-wrenching, and it finally was a letting-go of expectations about life and a turn toward the acceptance that gives the courage to move onward.
THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018
Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 PM
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