What a powerful calling is prayer! Not only are we given the gift of being able to intimately communicate with the Creator of the Universe, we are also told by Jesus again and again to pray. What an amazing thing we are able to do!
Join us during Lent for this year’s topic of Prayerful Living. Beginning on Wednesday, February 29th, we will convene in Seccombe Hall at 5:30 p.m. for our annual Lenten Soup Suppers. After our meal and time for fellowship, we will explore prayer more deeply. Each week we will learn about new styles of prayer that open us to God’s presence and offer new ways to relate to God. These prayer styles engage our minds as well as our imaginations, and will actively help us to connect with God and break through the inner noise which can often be our biggest barrier to feeling God in our lives.
The types of prayer include: Centering Prayer, Prayers of Blessing, Meditative Prayer, Prayers of Examination, Written Prayers, Prayers of Distress. We will also learn to use the Psalms as a means of prayer and spiritual growth. During each soup supper we will explore a type of prayer and actually practice it together as a parish and on our own. After going home and trying out the prayer styles, we will follow up with a lively discussion on the previous week’s practice.
Youth and children will have their own class with Robin Denney and the youth leaders. They will be interactively exploring the theme “Walking the Way” in an adaptation of the diocesan Lenten program. The library will be open for those who have homework to complete, and the nursery will be in full swing.
The soup suppers are on February 29, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, and April 4. We hope you will attend and enjoy wonderful home-cooked soups, quality fellowship time, and an opportunity to deepen your prayer life!
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6