Evening Lenten Worship With Communion - Prayer and Fasting
- February 24 - Lectio Divina, Rev. Emily Berman D'Andrea; An ancient form of prayer, practiced at one time by all Christians, is the technique known as Lectio Divina – a slow, contemplative praying of the scriptures which enables the Bible, the Word of God to become a means of union with God. The Latin phrase literally translates into English as divine reading or holy reading. In Lectio one prays the Bible devotionally to satisfy a spiritual thirst and not as a process of study. Join the livestream or in person on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30pm to listen, hear, respond and rest (these are the four movements of Lectio) in God’s word and presence.
- March 3 - Body Prayer, Chris McAuliffe; Prayer is often thought to be a practice that we do solely with our minds, but did you know that we can use our whole bodies to pray? Our body, from head to toe, is a beautiful gift from God. On Wednesday, March 3rd we are going to explore how our bodies can be used to connect with the Lord. This may be new for many of us, but together we will discover a new way to pray through movement and engaging our bodies!
- March 10 - Centering Prayer, Chidi Obasi; We hope you will join us on March 10th as we engage in Centering prayer – a silent Christian prayer that allows us engage and consent to God’s presence within us. We will meet to deepen our relationship with Jesus through Welcome, Silence, and Communion. Please bring a friend. "The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life. Silence gives us a new outlook on everything. We need silence in order to touch souls. The essential thing is not what we say, but what God says to us and through us. Jesus is always waiting for us in silence." Mother Teresa
- March 17 - St. Patrick's Prayer, Tom Andrew; Our Midweek Lenten service for March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) will center on a prayer attributed to St. Patrick. Commonly referred to as “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”, It is an ancient prayer for use while traveling, in the form of a Lorica, a traditional Celtic form of prayer. It is often sung, which presents a challenge compared to most sung prayers. What is a Lorica? What is Celtic Spirituality? How does this relate to our overall theme of Prayer? Come and learn about this ancient prayer, and what it might hold for us in this age.
- March 24 - Prayer Journaling, Wendy Kuhn; Have you ever kept a Prayer Journal? Prayer journaling is a simple, intentional exercise that puts our prayers on paper. Join me during this lent journey and commit to the daily practice of writing down what is on your heart, names of people you are praying for, praises you want to lift up, concerns, and/or struggles that are weighing you down. Share whatever you feel and just don’t overthink it! It doesn’t have to be fancy, as you can use an extra notebook, journal, tablet, or even scrap paper. Written prayers are found throughout scripture and can bring clarity, peace, and hope. Along with providing the opportunity for us to grow in our faith, it helps us grow closer to our Good Shepherd. All you need is commitment and a willing spirit.