Practicing Lent Week 6

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This is our last week of Lent before Holy Week. The Rev. Dr. John Lewis begins the week with a reflection for Sunday, Mar. 22, the fifth Sunday in Lent. Lewis draws from chapter 11 of Hebrews to remind us of the faithful who have gone before and are now part of the Cloud of Witnesses that continues to strengthen and guide us.

On Monday, Mar 23, we take a deep look at the Jesus prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

On Tuesday the Rev. Paul Frey talks about what he finds behind the washing machine when he moves it to make way for a new one. Then he suggests we might clean out some spiritual spaces to make way for God to move in.

The Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson tells us to just “show up” on Wednesday – show up at city council meetings, HOA meetings, Chamber of Commerce meetings. Show up in unexpected places and speak for God.

On Thursday, Sylvia Maddox invites us to learn more about Thomas Merton – the Trappist Monk who introduced an entire generation to contemplative spirituality.

The Rev. Mike Marsh returns to the desert mothers and fathers on Friday to talk about fasting from words.

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Practicing Lent Week 4

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This week’s reflections begin with the Rev. Dr. John Lewis recalling a time he traveled to Sudan to teach. There he witnessed the true meaning of love of neighbor. The house he stayed in had dirt floors, no running water, and no sewage system. “Healthy produce was virtually nonexistent,” says Lewis, “and there was almost never any meat of any kind on the table.”

These Sudanese Christians faced ethnic, religious, and tribal conflict daily, yet they gladly shared what little they had with their American guests with a generosity grounded in faith and joy.

This week we consider the practice of fixed-hour prayer on Monday, when we stop four times a day to offer prayer.

On Tuesday, the Rev. Paul Frey reminds us that both vices and virtues start with the little things.

You are the equipment, the Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson reminds us on Wednesday, just as were the 70 Jesus sent out to proclaim the good news.

On Thursday, we meet Dorothy Day, who used her gifts to make people aware of injustice, poverty, and strife.

And on Friday, the Rev. Mike Marsh tells about a disciple of Abba Agathon who saw a pea and the ground and asked if he could pick it up. Read or listen to how the Abba’s reply still speaks to us today.

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Practicing Lent Continues – Week 3

wk 3 graphicThird week of Lent. Click here to read or listen to daily reflections for this week.

“The dance of repentance and forgiveness is God’s means for repairing a broken world,” says the Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson in the introduction to  this week’s study. “And perhaps the most important thing about this dance is that God is our partner in it.”

Jane leads us off this week with a reflection on The Discipline of Repentance. During the week we practice meditative prayer, think about small steps of repentance, work on ourselves first, spend time with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and look at detachment and simplicity.

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Spiritual Practices – Going Deeper

Second Week of Lent. Click here to read or listen to daily reflections for this week.

AA023442In what is perhaps the best-known work on spiritual practices, Celebration of Discipline author Richard Foster observes that “Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”

The spiritual practices, or spiritual disciplines, says Foster, call us to move beyond surface living into the depths.

This week in “Practicing Lent 2015,” we begin five weeks of engaging spiritual practices. Each day, Monday through Friday, offers a reflection on a particular practice then invites you to undertake a relevant activity.

In addition, each week begins with a biblical perspective on a particular practice from the Rev. Drs. John Lewis and Jane Patterson. This week, John Lewis writes on prayer.

We will continue to alert you on Sunday evenings that the written and audio posts for each day are available. We suggest you keep this post in your email inbox and refer to it each day, or bookmark the  page for each week.

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