Silence is Essential in Prayer

Prayer- manMost of us think about prayer as “talking to God”.  There are long and deep traditions of Christian prayer that focus instead on silence and stillness in God’s presence.  Pastor and spiritual writer Chris Erdman argues that silence is essential in prayer.  Read his blog post here.

 

 

Talk to Kids About God

boyGot kids in your life — your own kids, grandkids, kids of friends, or kids at church?  Kids learn faith and spirituality from the adults around them.  But sometimes we’re just not sure how to help.  Read Donna Schaper’s article: Talking to Kids About God.

5 Myths About Keeping Sabbath

restFeel like you are so busy you’re burning out?  You might want to explore the ancient tradition of keeping Sabbath.  Our Jewish forebears started taking a day of rest and spiritual renewal after their escape from slavery in Egypt because free people can take a day off, unlike slaves.  Christians in recent years have begun to reclaim Sabbath-keeping as a modern practice.  Read Lynne M. Baab’s essay “Five Myths about Keeping the Sabbath”

Pentecost Spiritual Reflection

pentecost1Christianity has three main festivals.  Most know about Christmas and Easter, but many Christians don’t know much about Pentecost.  Celebrated seven Sundays after Easter, Pentecost celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit to the early disciples and the birth of the Church.  The story of this event in Acts 2 tell us that tongues of fire appeared, so the color for Pentecost is red.

Pentecost is an occasion to reflect on the power of the Spirit in our lives.  Do we live with a lively and vital experience of faith?  Does our experience of the Spirit help us find a way to connect with those around us who may not “speak our language”?

Prayer: Obstacles & Images

Are you happy with whatever place and practice prayer has in your life?  What keeps you from praying?  How do the images of God that you learned (both consciously and unconsciously) impact your prayer?  Roberta Bondi reflects in an interview entitled “Learning to Pray” on obstacles to prayer, images of God, and what fourth century…

Practicing Resurrection

Christians just celebrated Easter, remembering Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.  For most Christians this resurrection is the center of their faith.  But what if resurrection is not just an event, but a verb?  What would it look like for us to “practice resurrection” in our daily lives?  Read an article with more than 35 examples…

Easter & Baptism

We have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.Romans 6:4 It might sometimes get lost in the midst of all the chocolate and Easter eggs, but the practice of…

Holy Week Services

As we approach Easter, Christians traditionally observe a number of worship services that remember the last days of Jesus’ earthly ministry, leading up through his arrest, crucifixion and the anticipation of resurrection.  Read an overview of these services here.  

Palm Sunday: Where are You?

Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week and our journey to Easter’s celebrations.  It’s a very human tendency to want to skip over the hard emotions of Holy Week–betrayal, inner struggle, suffering, death– and go from the “Hosannas!” of Palm Sunday to the “Alleluias!” of Easter.  But Palm Sunday itself offers us an opportunity…

All About Lent

The more intentionally we prepare for an event, the more meaningful that event can become.  This week we started the season of Lent, the period of 40 days (not counting Sundays) of preparation for Easter.  Lent has traditionally been marked by penitential prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  Today, some Christians do not place as great an…