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I would like to give you a small, important challenge this Lenten season - have a prayer partner. Now WAIT, before you disregard this, please take one minute to hear me out. I’m serious about this.
Our congregation is very good at gathering and socializing and enjoying one another’s company. This is a good, beautiful and wonderful thing.
I would like for us all to do more to strengthen our spiritual connections with one another. I believe that by strengthening our spiritual bonds and understanding of one another, we increase our spiritual strength as a body overall. And in a world that needs more hope, more love, more compassion, more God energy, this is a necessary and powerful thing. It’s a way that United Parish can be more of a beacon in the world.
You may think that you are not that spiritual, or that you don’t know how to pray, or even if you do, you don’t want to share that with someone else, that it’s private. That’s OK. Just give it a try. It’s a holy experiment, basically committing to having a spiritual buddy in the congregation with whom you talk for 5-15 minutes each week from now through Easter (April 1).
And believe me, we could all use a spiritual buddy. You will be surprised how enriching this will be. Our Adult Deepening Team has made it so easy, with some helpful guidelines about how it can work, how to structure your weekly check-in.
Men and boys - this is not just a women’s thing. So far only I and two other men have signed up to do this. I would like for ALL of us to do this. I would like all of the guys to lean into this.
To find a prayer partner
Just click HERE to start the process. You can choose your own or the team and pastors will pair you up with someone.
Lenten Study groups - Getting Real with God Click HERE
I also strongly encourage you to check out our Lenten study groups, which start up this coming Sunday, March 4.
Fasting with a purpose click HERE
Also - in traditional Lenten fashion, our Stretching into Justice team invites you to give up a meal each week and donate the money you saved to the Brookline Food Pantry.
We can enlarge our spiritual strength among one another. I believe that God needs us to do this.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
- 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)