Sunday, we begin a 5-week series on WILDERNESS. All of us experience barren times in our lives, times when our souls are heavy, our hearts weary and we feel captive, caught in our own suffering. Hope in God encourages us to reach out and connect. Each week, we will explore a different side of living in the wilderness and how we can come through it in love, courage and compassion.

 

May 31 begins with “Listening to God,” part one. The archetypal story of the people moving from captivity to the Promised Land requires preparation. Full of danger, we need a knowledgeable guide and help. At the heart of our journey through life lies our relationship with God. Prayer is not so much an independent act, but building a relationship with God and the Divine Presence within. Acknowledging that we are made in the image of God, the wilderness helps us shred the non-essential trappings and demands on our life and allows us to reconnect with God who is already present.

 

In the whirlwind of living, learn how to stop and become aware of your connection with God. The Psalmist reminds us to “Be Still and Know That I Am God”. Following this Sunday, a 4-week study on Centering Prayer, a method of connecting to God where the focus is on listening, will be offered Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:45 pm, June 3, 10, 17, 24. Come and experience the impact of Silence.

 

Rev. Andrea Andress

Associate Pastor for Spiritual Formation of Children and Families

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