Maundy Thursday

The Maundy Thursday service will be held on April 18 at 7:00 with a celebration of Holy Communion.  We will be blessed to have the Children’s Choir singing Jesus loves me and the Youth Choir singing The Servant Song as a part of our worship.  All are welcome to attend.

Palm Sunday

Come and experience the chaos and confusion of Holy Week as the same people who sang “Hosanna” at the triumphal entry shouted “Crucify Him” as Jesus stood before Pilate.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the PWS&D Christmas Card Project.  At a quick glance the amount of money we raised can provide for a number of projects, including a cow for a vulnerable woman, AND seeds for a family garden plot, AND fruit trees for a family.  Or any number of combinations of the above projects.  Your generosity will make a huge difference in the lives of many vulnerable families.  Peace and Blessings for Christmas.

This evening we begin.  For those of you following at home, this is the format we will follow and the outline for the evening.  At the start of each evening I will post the Scriptures and thought provoking items for the night and the follow up suggestions for at home work.  That comes later today.

Here is the outline of the study:

Space for God.

Purpose:

  1. To deepen your life and your prayers
  2. To learn some new ways to pray
  3. To develop a discipline of prayer
  4. To become more aware of the presence of God in your lives

Home Spirituality Time Goals:

To reflect on each week’s class
To meditate on the reflective material for the next class
To develop a time for silent prayer.  First 2 min.  Then 5 min.  Challenge yourself with 10

To journal on the spiritual challenges of this journey.  How does it make you feel?  What are the things that distract you from God?  What inner revelations are you discovering?  Note:  the journal, should you keep it is private.  There is no need to share any of it with the class unless you choose to.

For these 10 weeks we will be using a study guide prepared by Don Postma, which I have tweaked to include things that I have discovered are important for growing a devotional life.

 

Outline:

Gather at 7

Gathering Prayer

Check in:  thoughts and reflections on assignment from last week

Readings:  may include some, or all, of the following.  Discussion

  • Scripture Lessons
  • Hymns or Poems
  • Insight from the Desert Tradition
  • Art

 

Introduction to a new prayer style

Silent Prayer.  We will begin with two minutes and build our way up to 5

Reflections on the evening

Assignment for next week

Closing Prayer

Even before we start though I want to share a blog that I wrote on Monday.  One of the goals of this study is to be more aware of the presence of God in our lives.  This blog post is about dreams.  We are not talking about dreams in the course, because I am woefully lacking in understanding of how God works in dreams.  But it is important for some people.

On Monday there was a dream that was a jumping off point for me to think about God.  So as a part of my commitment to be more aware of God’s presence in my life I include it for you here.  when you click on it, you should come to the article.

Dreams and Random Thoughts

More from me later today, Ena