Contemplative Corner

RESTING IN GOD: Contemplative Prayer 
Come and listen to the voice of divine love! You are invited to join a contemplative prayer group that meets in the FUMC prayer room on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.This time provides for a period of Centering Prayer (a silent form of Christian meditation), followed by Lectio Divina (meditative reading of Scripture).  Familiarity with these spiritual practices are not necessary as an introduction can be provided at any time to newcomers.  This is a drop in prayer group, meaning that you can come as your schedule allows. For more information, contact Rev. Patty Walker, at pattyw@fumc-cs.org or 471-8522, ext.204. 


HOLY LISTENING:
This payer group meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Campbell Reading Room.  For more information about that group, contact Dan and Lori Lohrmeyer at 630-1809.


CONTEMPLATIVE WORSHIP (CW):
You are invited to join us in the Prayer Room for a quiet time of mid-week contemplative worship. Each gathering is woven through with simple liturgy, song, silence, and prayer practices. We meet at 5:40-6:25 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, mirroring the Faith Academy schedule. If you wanted to make a full evening of it, you could have a nice dinner at 5:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall, gather for Contemplative Worship at 5:40 pm and then attend a Faith Academy class at 6:30 p.m. Or, just come for CW, which is fine as well! For more information about Contemplative Worship, contact Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at todds@fumc-cs.org or 884-2502.  


FUMC HOSTS CELTIC CHRISTIAN AUTHOR JOHN PHILIP NEWELL 
Religion Without Borders:  The Marriage of East and West (Free Event)
April 10 at 6:30 p.m., Library 21C (1175 Chapel Hills Drive)

Boundless:  A Celtic Vision of the Sacred in All Things  (Free Event)
April 11 at 6:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary at FUMC. 

In partnership with a number of other local congregations and organizations, FUMC is excited to be sponsoring and hosting author, John Philip Newell, to the Springs this April. Newell is a poet, peacemaker, minister and scholar. He is internationally known for his work in the field of Celtic Christianity. Newell is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife, Alison Newell and four children. His published works include: The Rebirthing of God, Christ of the Celts, The Healing of Creation and more. We hope you will join us for one or both of these wonderful evenings with Newell and with neighbors from all over the city.


MOUNTAIN SABBATH RETREAT DAYS AT JOHN WESLEY RANCH
April 22, 2018
September 30, 2018

You are invited to join us for a rich and restful day of retreat up at our beautiful John Wesley Ranch in Divide, Colorado (only 40 minutes away). Here’s what a Mountain Sabbath retreat day looks like: First, we gather at 9:00 a.m., at the Ranch in the Chapel for worship. Then, we have some time for learning various spiritual formation topics. This is followed by a simple lunch together in the Lodge. After lunch, you will have time for numerous personal options like napping, hiking, sitting in front of a fire, reading, personal prayer activities and more. To conclude our day, we gather at 4:30 p.m. to share in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The day concludes by 5:00 p.m. Come and rest with God with others in a day of retreat! 

For more information about Mountain Sabbath, contact Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at todds@fumc-cs.org or 884-2502. 


CONTEMPLATIVE HIKING DAYS
During the summer of 2018, you are invited to come on a hike or two, when we hop on a trail to partake in the beauty of God’s creation as well as listen for the presence of God’s Spirit together. One of the day adventures will be on a trail up to a stand of Bristlecone Pines which are over 2,000 years old. Imagine pausing in silence on the side of a trail, resting in those old pines that were alive during the life of Jesus. Mike Reeder has graciously agreed to guide our group. Keep your eyes open for the dates!

For more information about Contemplative Hiking Days, contact Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at todds@fumc-cs.org or 884-2502. 


THE GIFT OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
Many people lead busy lives and find it difficult to notice God’s presence and action in daily living. Spiritual direction is about taking time to slow down, usually for an hour about once a month, with a trained spiritual director, to prayerfully explore a closer relationship with God. In spiritual direction, you are encouraged to reflect on experiences of your day-to-day living, not just on formal religious activities. As you do this over time, you may begin to notice God’s presence and grace unfolding in ways you had not noticed before. 

If you are interested in exploring what spiritual direction could provide for your own life, here are two suggestions: First, you can read more about it online at the Spiritual Directors International website: www.sdiworld.org. Second, if you would like to get a first-hand taste of spiritual direction, contact either Rev. Patty Walker at pattyw@fumc-cs.org or Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at todds@fumc-cs.org. Patty and Todd also have connections with many other potential spiritual directors in our area for your consideration. 

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