Fruits of the Spirit: Gentleness
By Amy Norton
February 25, 2021 - 3:51pm
This week, we are continuing our exploration of “the fruits of the Spirit,” (inspired by Galatians 5:22-23), looking at Gentleness, as exemplified in Jesus's ministry, and called for in James's letter to early Jewish Christians (3:13-18) and in Paul's letter to the Ephesians (4:1-3).
As a woman, I'm acutely aware of the ways that society both expects me to be gentle, and mocks me for being so. I wouldn't be surprised if many of my female and (femme) non-binary siblings have a similar awareness and feel a similar sense of 'what gives?'. While a Sunday morning sermon is too short a format for a full-on exploration of gender roles, expectations, and struggles, I nevertheless invite everyone to come to worship on Sunday with a curiosity about how gender may or may not play a role in what we think about this fruit of the Spirit. Some questions to jump-start your curiosity (or research!):
- How was I taught to be gentle?
- What examples of gentleness did I experience or witness growing up?
- Were there ways I was expected to be gentle?
- Was I ever mocked for being gentle?
- What does it mean to me now to be gentle?
Join us on Sunday at 11am on our YouTube channel to explore, worship, and learn together!
We hope you will make time to join these Lenten activities:
Tuesday Lenten Dinner Church: 7pm-7:45pm on Zoom — February 23-March 23
During Lent, we invite you to join us on Tuesday evenings 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. For more information, contact Seminarian Katharine Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Monday evenings: 7:30-8:30pm on Zoom, Contact: Deb H. (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 on Zoom, 10-10:45am. No prep necessary. Contact: Deb W. (email@example.com)
Click here for the Lenten Study Archives.
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.
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 H. at email@example.com if you would like a Prayer Partner for Lent. We’ll pair you up with someone, or you can choose someone you know.