GPS GUIDE | Week of June 21, 2020
Weekly Grow-Pray-Study Guide
We're on week 3 of a new worship series, "Searching for Beauty - Returning to the Heart of Worship." Along with the worship series, we'll be sending out a weekly devotional guide called the GPS - the Grow-Pray-Study Guide - which will provide a weekly supplement of resources to guide you on your journey of faith.

In case you missed it, view this week's online worship service below.
Awakening to Beauty
Falling in Love with the World
READ | Scripture Reading
You are encouraged to use the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina as you read this week's scripture passage.

Try reading the scripture through 3 times, aloud if possible. Pause when a word or phrase seems to “jump out” or “shimmer” as you read. Why does that word or phrase seem to stand out? What is God saying to you in this moment? What action is God calling you to?

How good it is to praise our God!
[It is a pleasure to make beautiful praise!] (a)
YHWH rebuilds Jerusalem,
       and gathers Israel s exiles.
God heals the brokenhearted,
       and binds up their wounds.
God knows the number of the stars
       and calls each one by name.
Great is YHWH, and mighty in power;
       there is no limit to God s wisdom.
YHWH lifts up the oppressed,
       and casts the corrupt to the ground.
Sing to our God with thanksgiving;
       sing praise with the harp to our God—
       who covers the heavens with clouds,
       who provides rain for the earth,
       who makes grass sprout on the mountains
       and herbs for the service of the people,
       who gives food to the cattle,
       and to the young ravens when they cry.
God does not thrill to the strength of the horse,
       or revel in the fleetness of humans.
YHWH delights in those who worship with reverence
       and put their hope in divine love.

(a) Ref: CEB
WATCH | Interview with Dr. Wendy Farley
Each week, we'll be provided with a video discussion between Dr. Wendy Farley, Professor of Spirituality and Dr. Marcia McFee, Professor of Worship, as they delve deeper into the week's themes and ideas.

Watch the week 3 discussion:
REFLECT | Reflection Questions
These questions - based on the sermon & interview video - can be used as personal reflection questions, or as discussion questions with a friend or small group.
  • Beauty is essential–as important to us as other sustenance. Our spirits need things to live just as our bodies need things to live. God makes us for and out of beauty. How do you feed your spirit? How do you quench the thirst of your soul?

  • “Spiritual resilience” can empower us even in our most difficult times. Dr. Farley says that sometimes the awareness of that spiritual resilience can lead to adoration of Divine Love even in the hardest times. Remember a time when you were aware of this Divine presence. Consider writing a psalm or poem of adoration about that time.

  • What do you see in nature that reflects a call to thrive? Where do you go to see hope through nature? Try an “intentional wander” — either in the world or on a remembered journey — and move from your mind to your senses and describe what your senses are experiencing.
PRACTICE | Weekly Spiritual Practice
This series invites us to integrate spiritual practices into our daily lives as a way of opening to the Divine in deeper ways, thereby training our spirits for compassion in all things.
This week’s ritual action invites us to appreciate beauty with its imperfections. You may choose to download and color one of the "kintsugi" meditative coloring pages, or you may choose a contemplative moment of fixing something you’ve been putting off for a time. Does something need some super-glue or spackling or mending? If so, do this with a prayerful intention. 

You may want to put a note nearby, “Find beauty within the imperfections of life.
Be reminded to offer grace for imperfections… for the beauty of the earth”
PRAY | This week's prayer requests
  • Prayers for Janel Comito and her family on the loss of her great uncle, and for another uncle being admitted to the hospital with stage 4 cancer.
  • Prayers for Rhonda & Scott George's oldest son Travis who was deployed at the end of May and had an emergency appendectomy last week. He is still in the hospital recovering.
  • Prayers for Mike Hurt's mother Sandy who is having surgery today to repair an aneurysm in her neck, which was thankfully caught early.
Want to Go Deeper?
It's not too late to join our online study, Tuesdays at 2:00 PM

Do you long for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God? Do you desire a greater intimacy with God? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it?

Sacred Rhythms is a curriculum designed to help you arrange your life around a regular pattern of traditional spiritual practices that God can use to nourish your soul and transform your life.
To participate in the study, you will need to purchase a copy of the Sacred Rhythms Participant Guide .

Note: the participants guide is different than the original book, and is all you will need for this study; the videos will be provided.

We will use the Zoom platform to share the video sessions together, then engage in discussion. You can listen to the session and participate by audio only by dialing in by phone, or you can access both audio and video using your smartphone, tablet or computer and clicking the link to Join the Zoom meeting at the start time for each session.

Register for the study below, and you will receive the information to join.