Fruits of the Spirit: Humility
By Kent French
February 18, 2021 - 11:27am
On Wednesday, we once again entered the season of Lent (February 17-April 3 this year), that time when our Northern hemispheric days start lengthening (thus the name "Lent") and we re-commit ourselves to digging deeper into our souls, finding new and creative ways to grow in faith and in relationship with God and others.
This Lent, we are delving into what it means to cultivate “the fruits of the Spirit,” (inspired by Galatians 5:22-23). Each week we will choose one of these Christian spiritual virtues and explore what it means to practice humility, gentleness, gratitude, generosity and service, patience, self-control. In Holy Week, we will look at love (Maundy Thursday), compassion (Good Friday) and joy (Easter).
We hope you will join us in any of ways listed below that may unleash your imagination, feed your soul, and help us all connect more deeply with the presence of God in our midst. This Sunday, we begin with looking at Humility, as exhibited in Jesus' wilderness exam with the devil (Matthew 4:1-11) and throughout scripture, including Paul's letter to the Philippians (2:1-8).
Come and cultivate the bounty your soul!
Lenten Study: Fruits of the Spirit — February 21-March 28, Sundays and Mondays
Discussion groups will continue exploring each of the spiritual fruits brought up in Sunday's worship (see second paragraph above).
Monday evenings, 7:30pm on Zoom, Contact: Deb Hall (email@example.com)
Sunday afternoon, 20/30s Group at their regular time on Zoom 12:45-2:15pm. Contact: Katharine Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sunday morning: our regular Drop-In Bible Study, 10-10:45am on Zoom. No prep necessary. Contact: Deb W. (email@example.com)
Lenten Study Archives
Prayer Partners for Lent
One of the best ways to help us strengthen spiritually as a community and to ward off some loneliness during this continued pandemic is to have a prayer/conversation buddy. We strongly encourage you to try this. You agree to connect at least 15 minutes each week of Lent by phone or in person, to share how you're doing and what's going on in your life. The Adult Deepening team will provide Prayer Partners with a brief guide for ways you might get to know each other, and ways to try praying together or individually on behalf of one another. Contact Deb Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a Prayer Partner for Lent. We’ll pair you up with someone, or you can choose someone you know.
Mini-Prayer Retreat: Leaning into Lent: Deepening Your Personal Prayer Practice — this Sunday, February 21, 4-6pm on Zoom.
A virtual mini-prayer retreat for the United Parish community, facilitated by Adam Sutton. We will look at our own personal relationship to prayer, applying a spacious and inclusive definition of prayer in all of its beautiful and sacred manifestations. We will explore together how we might deepen our own personal prayer and contemplative practices during Lent, moving towards a more hope-full and inspired Easter. Adam is a member of United Parish and an ordained interfaith minister and coach. Gathering will be limited to no more than 15 participants, to allow for more intimate sharing and community-building. Sign up by contacting Adam Sutton at email@example.com.
Tuesday Lenten Dinner Church: 7pm-7:45pm on Zoom — February 23-March 23
During Lent, we invite you to join us on Tuesday evenings from February 23 through March 23 at 7pm for Lenten midweek worship on Zoom. Prepare your own meal at home and sit down with us for a worship service of prayer, contemplation and song. Dinner church is a postmodern return to an ancient worship model, just like what the early Christians did in their own homes. (This will replace the regular Tuesday Evening Prayers.) For more information, contact Seminarian Katharine Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org or Associate Pastor Amy Norton at email@example.com.
Morning Midweek Meditation - Thursdays from 8-8:30am via Zoom
If you are looking for a calming, caring congregational connection in the middle of your chaotic week, join Adam Sutton on Thursday mornings on Zoom. We will hold space for some simple prayer sharing and will offer a relaxing and centering guided meditation that will leave you relaxed and renewed, ready to move into the rest of your week. Sign up by contacting Adam Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org or find the Zoom information in the weekly newsletter.
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