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Contemplative Corner

Contemplative Worship
Thursdays, 5:45-6:30pm
On Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/99404846379 
Led by Dr. Todd Spencer

You are invited to slow down, breathe deep, meditate and pray with this gathering of contemplative souls. We gather on Zoom right now, during the Covid-19 pandemic. But you will likely find that it is still a bit like opening a window and letting in some fresh springtime’s air. Todd is excited to welcome you! 

Mountain Sabbath Retreat Days 2021
Specific Sundays, 9am-4:30pm
At John Wesley Ranch

March 14th (tentative)
July 18th 
September 19th

“Sabbath” means “to rest from labor” or "stopping with God." A Mountain Sabbath is an opportunity to set aside your normal schedule for a quiet day with others in the mountains at our beautiful John Wesley Ranch in Divide, Colorado. We begin with coffee and tea in the Lodge at 9am, then move to the Chapel for some contemplative worship. After worship, we share in a time of encouragement around a spiritual teaching. Then, lunch in the Lodge. During the afternoon, persons are invited to practice activities that help them to slow down and soak-in the present moment like napping, reading, hiking, art as meditation, meeting with a spiritual director, or other soul-refreshing activities. We close the day by gathering for Holy Communion and a blessing, ending the day by 4:30pm. While not required, we suggest a donation of $20 per person, which will support this and other offerings of our contemplative ministries. For more information, contact Dr. Todd Spencer at [email protected] or 719.884-2502. 

You are warmly invited to join Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer in meditating and praying with one of the weekly lectionary texts on his Lectio Divina (when in doubt) Podcast page (www.lectiodivinatodd.com). Each podcast begins with a brief time of centering, with a reading around a contemplative theme and a piece of quiet music. After that, the listener is guided through a hearing of the text 3 different times, with some silence in between. A concluding encouragement for further meditation on what was given during the prayer time wraps up the session. Usually, the podcast lasts about 20-25 minutes, including the silence. Most listeners use the podcast for personal time of meditation and prayer, but many also use it as a way to begin their time with a small group or staff gatherings as well. Rev. Dr. Spencer has produced this podcast weekly for over a decade. Listeners have come from over 150 different countries across the globe If you are hungry for a special way to center your day or week with God’s prompting, come, slow down and meditate and pray with the Scripture!