February 5, 2018On my desk in my church office is a Greek word in large letters, "Ephphatha!" "Listen!" It is the Lord's call to me and to all of us to who seek to follow Him. Listen, we are told and in order to do so we need to stop, silence the noise in our lives and attune our ears to His voice. Easier said than done, but oh, so important on our journeys of life.
We are turning into the season of Lent, a time for us to create space in our lives and reflect on our journeys. We don't go alone (we never are), but instead journey together as a holy community. We have resources at hand to help us. This year we will be exploring the idea of soul through John Ortberg's work, "Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You." We will also worship together on Sundays and Wednesdays with our mid-week services beginning with a simple meal of bread and soup (and felllowship) as we explore the theme of "Thy Will Be Done." Our book seleciton this month is Heidi Haverkamp's "Holy Solitude: Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets and Rebels." and there are devotionals for your use as well.
We cannot do it all, but these are options from which you may select. Hopefully there will be something that will touch your heart and help you on the journey. This is a season of old traditions and new ideas as we make some changes to our Good Friday service, keep some ideas that have beocme new treasures such as the Lighted Labyrinth, and allow the Holy Spirit to move in new ways to draw us closer to the Holy One.
We hope you will join us on the journey. We'd love to have you along. Come out and join us...it just might change your life, forever!