We are happy to offer numerous contemplative offerings throughout the year at FUMC. All events are open to the public, so invite friends! The core offering is our weekly Contemplative Worship gathering on Wendesdays (see below). But there are other ways to connect here as well, like Mountain Sabbath retreat days at John Wesley Ranch, prayer groups, Contemplative Journey classes and more. Slow down. Breathe deep. Allow space for you to become more aware of the whispers of God.
(We begin again on January 12, 2022)
Led by Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer
You are invited to slow down, breathe deep, meditate, pray and sing with this gathering of contemplative souls. We gather in the Prayer Room on the Second Floor of the South Wing. We also stream live on Zoom for those who prefer that https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88008512365. Our schedule of gathering follows the program schedule of our Wednesday night Faith Academy. Which means that we finish our worship in time for you to participate in a Faith Academy class at 6:30pm. Todd is excited to welcome you!
Contemplative Prayer Groups
MEDITATING ON SUNDAY MORNINGS
Would you like to learn how to meditate and see how it can become a nourishing part of your walk with God? Or maybe you been practicing meditation on your own for some time and would like the support of others. Either way, you are invited to join Bruce Sage and Dave Lohmann in the FUMC Prayer Room (2nd Floor of South Wing) each Sunday at 9:30am for 20 minutes of meditation. Bruce and Dave have both found that practicing meditation holds wonderful benefits for their daily lives and also as a preparation for worship of God on Sunday mornings. Come check it out! For more information, contact Bruce at 719.460.2996.
This prayer group meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at various locations. For more information about that group, contact Dan and Lori Lohrmeyer at 630-1809.
Mountain Sabbath Retreat Days - 2022
March 13, 2022
July 24, 2022
September 18, 2022
9:00 am-4:30 pm
at John Wesley Ranch
“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 9:00 am. We then enjoy at time for 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 reading, hiking, art as meditation, napping, 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 4:30 pm. 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 Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at Todds@fumc-cs.org or 719.471.8522.
LECTIO DIVINA (WHEN IN DOUBT) PODCAST
You are warmly invited to join Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer in meditating and praying with a different text of Scripture each week by listening to his Lectio Divina (when in doubt) Podcast (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. The listener is invited to listen for a word or phrase that seems to shimmer, give pause, highlight itself, as a gift from God. And then, there is some concluding encouragement for further meditation on what was given during the prayer time. 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.
Dr. Spencer has produced this podcast weekly for over a decade. Listeners 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!