Centering Prayer during Lent
Join together with others in the silence as we move beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him. This prayer time will take place on Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m. beginning on February 24, and continuing through March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. You can participate in person or via Zoom.
If it’s in-person you choose, plan to meet in the Garden View at 8:00 along with those who feel invited to join by Zoom. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 p.m. on Tuesday to receive an email with a Zoom link. Prayer begins at 8:00 with a short reflection, followed by 20 minutes of silent prayer and ending with all of us joining to pray the Our Father.
Book Discussion Nuggets — Ch. 1 and 2
Start with Jesus — Evangelization and Encounter
This Lent, there are a few of us reading and discussing together, Start with Jesus, by Julianne Stanz. This book centers on first growing and nurturing our own relationship with Jesus and then moving out to bring Jesus’ love and teachings into our world. The church’s word for this is evangelization. What scares us about this word and process? I tend to think we associate this process with going door to door and preaching on street corners and this sounds extremely uncomfortable. But it can be much easier than this. While this can be one way…this book leads us to thinking about Everyday Evangelization, moments that aren’t planned or scripted, but can be caring words or a kind act which can transform someone’s day and heart. So where do we start with evangelization? Below I have listed from Julianne’s book a few simple ideas of “Everyday Evangelization” you may want to consider this week.
- Set aside a few minutes each day to reflect on Scripture.
- Prayer for awareness of how God is working in your life, so you can recognize and share with others.
- Pray for someone you might be having a hard time getting along with.
- Offer encouragement — send a card or text or call the person.
- Say “God Bless you” instead of “Bless you” when someone sneezes.
- Look people in the eye when you are speaking with them
- Make a meal for someone who might need extra love; transitioning into a new job, going through a divorce or illness.
As we seek to encounter Jesus it is important to reflect and remember five important movements.
- God is Love and has created me for relationship with him.
- I have broken my relationship with God by my sin.
- Jesus restores my relationship with God through his life, death and resurrection
- Jesus invites me to trust him to turn from sin, and give my life to him.
- Jesus has poured the Holy Spirit into my heart to bring me to new life in his Church and send his Church on a mission so that others can experience new life.
Which of the above statements challenges you? Comforts you?