Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Practice of the Presence of God: A Lenten Journey

The Practice of the Presence of God
A Lenten Journey

Introducing Brother Lawrence
"There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a
continual conversation with God. Those only can comprehend it who
practice and experience it." ... Brother Lawrence


At our first retreat together, we applied ourselves to the task of discovering and discerning our mission statement. It was then that we envisioned our church to be “A House of Prayer for ALL People”. Now we seek to build a church that reflects that mission statement and also wish to learn more about the presence of God within us as well as among us.
We prepare now for our next retreat. A wise monk from the 17th Century, Brother Lawrence, coined the term “The Practice of the Presence of God”. I would like to adopt and adapt that theme for our Lenten journey and for our Parish Retreat in April. I hope that as we provide this set of spiritual opportunities, you will prayerfully consider setting yourself under the discipline of learning together about the “Practice of the Presence of God”.

Wednesday Evenings in Lent

March 4th at 7pm Taize Chris Lawrence

March 11th at 7pm Vespers Joe Tardiff

March 18th at 7pm Evensong Fr. Paul and Joe Tardiff

March 25th at 7pm Order of Worship Fr. Paul
for the Evening
April 1st at 7pm Compline Fr. Paul, Joe Tardiff and Chris

Beginning this evening, I will distribute a “conversation” or a “letter” from Brother Lawrence. You may study the handout and we will discuss it the following week to see what we can glean of its significance for us in our Lenten Journey. May we learn to continue our “Practice of the Presence of God”. ~Fr. Paul

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