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Contemplative Corner

MOUNTAIN SABBATH: CELEBRATING SAINT FRANCIS
Sunday, October 4th, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

John Wesley Ranch 
Led by Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer
Limited to only 10 participants
$15 donation suggested 

Register now by contacting Todd at [email protected].

Join us for a contemplative morning in the mountains, celebrating the life of Saint Francis (October 4th is the Feast Day of Saint Francis). Saint Francis was especially welcoming of the gifts that non-human creatures of Earth bring to us on our spiritual walk. What better place than the Ranch for us to spend time together on this special day? We will gather in the Lodge wearing our face masks, with a fire in the fireplace and as many windows open as possible for improved circulation. If weather permits, we will also have some time for lingering outdoors. We will start with a time of contemplative worship, move into a time of learning and conclude with eating our sack lunches together. If you would like to linger a bit longer for some hiking, you are welcome to staying until 2:00 p.m. Please bring: your face mask, warm clothing, your own sack lunch and your donation towards our contemplative ministries. 


CONTEMPLATIVE WORSHIP
Thursdays, 5:45-6:30
All gatherings on Zoom
Contact Todd Spencer for the Zoom meeting information


Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer is excited to announce that gathering for Contemplative Worship will begin again next week, on Thursdays, 5:45-6:30 p.m. via Zoom. In September and October, Todd will be leading the group in a series he is calling Sensory Spirituality. During each gathering, the group will be meditating and praying centered on a different embodied gift from God -- sight, sound, touch, taste and movement. You will find the schedule for the gathering below. Note that there are some Thursdays when we will not be meeting. Will you join us?
 
September 17:  Sensory Spirituality: Sound
September 24:  No CW 
 
October 1:  Sensory Spirituality: Touch
October 8:  Sensory Spirituality: Taste
October 15: No CW 
October 22: No CW
October 29: Sensory Spirituality: Movement

I look forward to our journey together with Christ as we practice contemplative rhythms! Let me know if you have any questions. mark your calendar!


LECTIO DIVINA (WHEN IN DOUBT) PODCAST
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!


RESTING IN GOD: CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Come and listen to the voice of divine love! You are invited to join this 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 [email protected] or 471-8522, ext. 204. 


HOLY LISTENING PRAYER GROUP - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
This contemplative prayer group meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Prayer Room, which is immediately following Contemplative Worship gathering. The time together is a combination of Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer. For more information about this group, please contact Dan Lohrmeyer at 719.761.7952 or Lori Lohrmeyer at 719.930.5262.


CENTERING PRAYER ON SUNDAYS - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Are you hungry for more stillness, silence, depth of prayer? If so, take note. You are invited to a time of learning the ancient practice of Centering Prayer, 9:30-10:15 a.m., in the Prayer Room. For more information about Centering Prayer, go to www.contemplativeoutreach.org. If this form of prayer and meditation is new to you, do not hesitate to join in. There will be experienced people present to guide the group. For more information, please contact Bruce Sage at [email protected] or 719-460-2996.


FIRST SATURDAY PRAYER DAYS - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
At Benet Hill Monastery(in Black Forest)
3190 Benet Lane

Colorado Springs, CO 80921
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

We want to encourage you to experience a First Saturday Prayer Day at Benet Hill Monastery! It will be a time for centering prayer (two sits), personal reflection and other enrichment experiences. All are welcome! FUMC and Benet Hill have enjoyed partnering on contemplative offerings for some time now. For more information about First Saturday Prayer Days and other offerings at the monastery right up the road, please see: https://benethillmonastery.org/events/event/first-saturday-prayer-days-ongoing/. Or, email Tim at [email protected], one of our very own and a frequent First Saturday leader.


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 [email protected] or Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at [email protected] Patty and Todd also have connections with many other potential spiritual directors in our area for your consideration.