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Quiet Spaces for Lent

The poet Ann Weems writes that Lent is “the time to listen to who he says he is” — “the one who brings good news to the poor, freedom to the oppressed, sight to the blind…that Holy One who said, Follow me, Feed my sheep.” Moments of quiet reflection during Lent give us space to listen and for preparing for the coming of Easter and the Resurrection.

  • Lenten Quiet Time Meditations: Mondays during Lent beginning Monday, February 22 — Guided meditations to give space and form for quiet contemplation using the spiritual practices of Lectio Divina and Visio Divina will be emailed on Mondays and posted on the church website and Facebook page. These meditations invite us to spend a few minutes “intentionally stepping away from our busy routines,” grounding us in the presence of God as we anticipate Easter and the Resurrection.
  • Meditations on Word and Music: Wednesdays during Lent beginning February 24 — These mid-week meditations, led by the pastoral staff and musicians, include scripture, poetry, prayer and music, helping us journey through Lent in anticipation of Easter and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of God. Meditations will be emailed and posted on the church website and Facebook page.

Mid-Winter & Spring 2021 Offerings

Please follow this link to read about the Contemplative Ministry team’s upcoming offerings:

Mid-winter/Spring Contemplative Ministry Newsletter

 

Winter 2020 Offerings: 

The Contemplative Ministry Team now has a quarterly newsletter (linked here) with its list of offerings for Winter 2020.

 

Quiet Spaces for Advent: Monday, November 30–Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Advent is known as a time of waiting and preparation — waiting for the Christ child’s arrival and preparing for his arrival in this world. Moments of quiet reflection during these winter days give us space to prepare and anticipate this holy birth.

Sacred Space for the Advent Journey – November 30 – December 23, 2020

Mondays-Saturdays here on Contemplative Ministry page

Short videos of guided meditation and spiritual practices providing space and form for quiet contemplation will be emailed daily and posted here and on our Facebook page. In preparation for Advent, these practices from the Second Breath Center will invite us to spend a few minutes each day “intentionally stepping away from our busy routines,” grounding us in the presence of God as we await the coming of the Christ child.

(The set of Second Breath Inward Journey Spiritual Practice booklet and card deck can be ordered at www.secondbreathcenter.com/cards/)

To access these videos from Advent, 2020, follow this link.

 

Taizé Worship — A Service of Quiet and Reflection, Sunday, December 6, 6:30 p.m. (livestream from FPC website)

This service follows the Taizé tradition of community, meditation and reflection. Contemplative music, scripture, prayer and moments of silence will frame our worship as we gather “in community” to travel the Advent journey.

If you were unable to join us, you can view the service in the archives on our Live Stream page.

Additional Resources from the Contemplative Ministry team:

  • A Video from the Contemplative Ministry Team, April 16, 2020: Be Still and Know
  • Please Enjoy this 5-Minute Breathing Meditation (available on Facebook): This breathing meditation is from Denise DeForest Pastoor, MEd, APRN-BC, CHTP/I, CWP, RYT who is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with Sunstonewellness.com.
  • Spiritual Practice Video from Nan Perkins: During these stressful times, you are invited to join Nan Perkins by video here in a spiritual practice recommended by the FPC Contemplative Ministry group – The Practice of Presence: The Three Breaths.
  • Quiet Space for Reflection
    Jane Wellford has graciously offered to share with us the Tuesday Meditation Reflections she creates for the FPC Tuesday Meditation Group. Since the Coronavirus has interrupted these in-person meetings, the Contemplative Ministries Committee thought that it would be a good idea to share these meditations with the entire congregation until we could all be together again. Each week, the reflection will be posted on our website here on Tuesday morning.