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Spring/Summer 2022 Offerings — View Newsletter for additional offerings HERE

Palm Sunday Taize Worship

A Service of Quiet and Reflection, Palm Sunday Taize Service @ 6:30 p.m.

The Lenten Journey  

This service follows the Taize tradition of community, meditation and reflection. Contemplative music, scripture, prayer and moments of silence will frame our worship as we gather “in community”. The focus of this Taize worship will be our Lenten journey.

 

Quiet Spaces Meditations

Henry Nouwen, the highly recognized spiritual author, wrote “Every time you listen with great attentiveness to the voice that calls you the Beloved, you will discover within yourself a desire to hear that voice longer and more deeply. It is like discovering a well in the desert. Once you have touched wet ground, you want to dig deeper.” Quiet Spaces meditations give you the opportunity to sit in the Divine Presence of God, to feel wrapped in the arms of love and to be covered in God’s ultimate grace.

Quiet Spaces Meditations – Mondays in June and August 2022

Guided meditations to give space and form for quiet contemplation using the spiritual practices of Lectio Divina and Visio Divina and focused on the elements of transition and change. These meditations, shared with you by staff, church leaders and church members invite us to spend a few minutes “intentionally stepping away from our busy routines,” grounding us in the presence of God as we move through this time of transition within our church. These thoughtful messages will be emailed on Mondays and posted on the church website and FaceBook page.

Ongoing Contemplative Offerings

    • Tuesday Morning Meditation Group – facilitated by Jane Wellford (Group meetings through Zoom from 8:00 am until 8:45 am.) An email including a contemplative practice, a passage for Lectio Divina or sacred reading and a guided meditation is sent weekly to group participants and a mediation guide is also posted on the FPC website and FaceBook each Tuesday. If you are interested in participating in this group, contact Jane Wellford.

(The first several months of these meditation guides have been printed in booklet form and copies for personal use can be requested through the church office.)

    • Wednesday Morning Meditation Group, 7:45 a.m. – facilitated by Nan Perkins (Group meetings through Zoom. New members are welcome. Contact Nan Perkins at perkinsn@elon.edu for additional information.) One hour of conversation, reflection on a spiritual text and silent meditation for those seeking to create space in busy lives to become more aware of the divine and to travel their faith journey with spiritual friends.
    • Contemplative Practice for Daily Use

      In Centering Prayer, we consent to God’s presence and action within us. Recommended as a daily practice, it is typically done first thing in the morning or last thing before bed.

      Chose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within – your intention to surrender yourself into God’s loving presence. Some examples of words include “Grace, Jesus, Divine Love, Mercy, Peace.” Stay with the word or phrase you choose during your Centering Prayer time.

      Silently introduce the sacred word and allow our thoughts to drift by like leaves on a stream or clouds in the sky. When you find yourself thinking of other things, silently say your sacred word and gently return to observing your thoughts pass by. This practice is not about “having no thoughts” or “getting it right” but about showing up and consenting to God’s presence within us. Each time we notice our thinking, we have the opportunity to surrender ourselves once again into God’s loving presence. End the practice in prayer, giving thanks to God for the experience. (Shared from Second Breath Center’s Inward Journey: Spiritual Practices by permission)

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.