Friends of God,
Well…that was a full month.
March was full to o’er flowing with opportunities for fellowship and prayer (sometimes the two together). I hope you found a way to include yourself in the goings on in Lent. There was much to be enjoyed. The kids put together a little Passion play. Their were many, many prayer services with Covenant Presbyterian Church. We were a busy group of people! To that end, however, I’d love to hear from you. What’s working for you in what we offer? What could be different? Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to know what you would like to see happen here. I’d especially like to know what times of the week are best for you. Don’t me shy! Send me a list!
In April we’ll spend some time in Adult Spiritual Formation talking about Sonic Theology. That’s right. Sonic Theology. I hope you’ll join in. At the end of the month we’ll begin a new book study, Cathleen Falsani’s Sin Boldly. Martin Luther, the old German reformer once exclaimed “Sin boldly so that grace may abound!” Cathleen is a journalist and this book is about times that she has witnessed grace…perhaps in unexpected places. We’ll spend three Sundays with this book beginning with the last Sunday of the month. Cathleen will join us on Sunday, June 2. Keep your calendars clear!
I know it’s hard to believe but summer will soon be upon us. As I write this, baseball season is just under way (my fantasy team is terrible). We’ll be in the thick of summer fun before you know it. We’ve already started planning pot-lucks for the coming months (Keep May 10 open!). I hope you can join in the fun.
Peace and All Good Things,
What a lovely beginning we have had for the Advent season. Thanks to everyone who has contributed in action and in spirit. It seems that we are on the right road of preparation for the holy coming. I urge you to participate in all the activities of the season as much as possible at the same time I encourage you to take time to prepare. Both John and Jesus spend time alone in the wilderness as they prepare for the work to which God has called them. We may not find ourselves in the wilderness per se, but some down time in all the crush of holiday madness may be just what God is calling us to – time to sit quietly, to consider what is to come, to pray that we may be ready, to search for wisdom and understanding, to contemplate the light that is coming into the world and how it is manifest in hope, peace, joy and love.
Sunday we will spend time with John the Baptist and his forebears John’s is that alarming voice, crying in the wilderness for us to make ready the road to salvation, urging all who will listen to turn from the seduction of empire to the promise of God’s righteous reign. In this process, we will also look again at Zechariah’s song, the “Benedictus,” which was the focus of our work with Jennifer Davidson last month. What did we learn in those sessions that we might bring to our worship this Sunday? How might all these ancient words of blessing and comfort, prophecy and hope help us prepare for God’s touch on our lives this Advent?
As part of your time of preparation, I strongly encourage you to join us for Friday night’s contemplative service in the astonishing beauty of our worship space. I find this to be a holy, healing time and trust that you might, too. The services are simple and brief, scripture, songs, prayer and silence.
Sunday, we will keep our caroling and chili supper at 4:00 PM, so we will also continue our sessions in Adult Spiritual Formation on the theme “Prepare the Way.” This Sunday we will consider preparation for Christ’s coming – in our faith community. What is it for which we hope in this season and how might its realization make a difference in us and around us?
This is a wonderful time to invite a family member, friend, colleague, neighbor or stranger to join us in worship, sharing and learning. See you Sunday at 10:00 AM and at the other events of the season.
May God bless us and keep us on the way,