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Advent Devotional Writing Workshop
Posted: Oct 11 2017 - 11:56am

We are looking for members and friends of United Parish to put together a short devotional that will be compiled for the 2017 Advent season. Come to the advent writing workshop on Sunday, October 15 from 12:30-1:30pm in the Deepening Room to get a jump start on your devotional. If you can't make it to the workshop you may still submit a devotional. Devotional writings need to be submitted to [email protected] by November 5.

Ingredients for a great devotional:

1. Consider an advent theme:





2. Choose a short passage of scripture. Suggestions from the Advent lectionary include:

Week 1: Isaiah 64:1-9 and Mark13:24-37

Week 2: Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8

Week 3: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; John 1:6-8, 19-28

Week 4: Luke 1:26-38

3. Write a short reflection, tell a story about your life that relates to the scripture. Aim for 250-500 words (2-4 paragraphs).

4. Write a short prayer (1-2 sentences).

5. Include your name or indicate if you would like your submission to be kept anonymous.

Lenten Centering Prayer
Posted: Mar 7 2017 - 9:21am

In the busy-ness of many of our lives, prayer often becomes one more thing to do. Or one more thing not to do. What would it mean to give prayer — steady, centering, grounding, prayer — a more central place in our lives? Would you like to deepen your practice of prayer? Make it more regular, more meaningful, more integrated in your overall life?

Prayer is a spiritual lifeline. Just as walking is the regular physical exercise and forward movement for the body, prayer can be a regular spiritual exercise for the soul. The more we do it, the more it sustains us and helps us in the world around us. Centering prayer is a form of meditation in the Christian tradition using the breath and a sacred word to help center ourselves in God's Presence. It is a spiritual practice that we learn about and practice together.

The Adult Deepening in Faith and Spirituality Ministry Team invites you to join with others in centering prayer during Lent.

During Lent:

  • We will meet @ 8pm in the Lindsay Room for 30 minutes on Ash Wednesday (March 1) after the worship service.
  • We will meet @ 12:30pm for 30 minutes in the Lindsay Room on Sundays following the morning worship. (March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2, 9)
  • We will join the Mid-Week Lenten Worship on Thursday evenings (6:30pm) and continue in a time of prayer after each service. (March 9, 16, 23, 30 & April 6)

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