Hi everyone! With Covid still a thing, we are continuing to 'do church' digitally. But that doesn't mean we aren't still connected. In fact, it's more important than ever to stay in touch with your faith family. Walking in God's Way and Serving in God's World is group activity!
It is a lot more difficult to stick to your spiritual practices when you're on your own.
That's why we are offering a number of ways to stay connected:
Zoom Bible Study - 1 pm on Wednesdays
In this 9-week study, we will be looking at the Fruit of the Holy Spirit as described by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23 - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Please contact Judy VanDuzer - email@example.com - to sign up for the group. Here's a pdf of the Participant's Guide for the series. If you are interested in this topic but unable to attend the Zoom group on Wednesday afternoons, please contact Judy and she will forward the material for you to study on your own.
Bible Study with Rev. Kevin - 7 pm on Wednesdays Rev. Kevin is leading his popular evening of study and reflection, focusing on the scriptures from the daily Read & Reflect calendar that will be basis of each week's sermon. Join us either in person or via Zoom.
CELTIC PRAYER BEADS
Last year during Lent, we encouraged the use of prayer beads as a spiritual practice.
This fall, we have adapted St. Patrick's Prayer for use with these same beads. (The prayers are attached HERE
St. Patrick's Prayer will be very familiar to many people. It is one of the oldest prayers in our tradition. This prayer emphasizes the ever-abiding presence of Christ in our lives. The Lord's Prayer, liturgical prayers and scripture verses are included as well.
If you do not have prayer beads, we have pre-packaged beads at the church - just let us know you are coming and we will have them ready for you to pick up. Or, if you would prefer something 'fancier', prayer beads are readily available on Amazon or other sites, or you can make your own. You can even make a prayer rope instead by just tying the right number of knots in a cord.
The beads we are using are 'catholic' style - being composed of 'decades' of ten small beads for repetition. But Anglican or Protestant prayer beads are very common as well, being composed of 'weeks' of beads - 7 beads for repetition rather than 10 beads. If you have Protestant prayer beads, you simply have to adapt the prayers to suit.
We hope that the use of beads to help encourage and focus your prayers continues to be a valuable part of your spiritual practices.