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Contemplative Corner

CONTEMPLATIVE WORSHIP (CW)
Our CW community is now meeting via Zoom most weeks. We are experimenting with days and times of the week. Each gathering is a weaving together of songs, silence, Scripture and prayer practices. If you would like to participate, you are warmly invited to do so! Please email Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at [email protected] and he will shoot you the Zoom meeting link with times and other details. ALSO, you are encouraged to join in on some meditation and prayer with Todd through his weekly Lectio Divina (when in doubt) Podcast (www.lectiodivinatodd.com). This podcast is a simple time for slowing down, and meditating and praying with the lectionary Scripture text on which Kent will preach the following Sunday. Finally, Todd has also been creating some extra contemplative audios through his podcast ministry as well. You will find those extra audios here: https://lectiodivinatodd.com/extra-contemplative-audios-with-todd/. Peace be with you and yours during this time!


CONNECT WITH CREATION - CONTEMPLATIVE WALK
At John Wesley Ranch
Saturday, August 8

9:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Led by Jane Scanlon, our Forest Therapy Guide, and Todd Spencer

Registration required. Limited spots.

Our Connect With Creation Contemplative Walk is an opportunity to slow down, quiet the mind, open the senses and enjoy whatever God might want to offer you through His beautiful creation. We will begin with a time of welcome, prayer & silence on the lodge patio then join our guide, Jane Scanlon, for a 1 mile walk on the ranch property. Jane will offer simple “invitations” to meditate and mindfully connect with our selves, nature, God and one another. We’ll conclude with a picnic lunch together (bring your own!) at the end of the Prayer Path. What to Bring: Sack lunch, water, sunscreen, rain gear, small backpack and sit pad or camp stool if you have one. Also, bring your face mask and hand sanitizer! Cost: We encourage a $25 donation. Registration: Deadline for registering is Thursday, July 30 by 4pm. We can only host 12 participants, so register as early as possible! Please make your check out to “FUMC “ and write  “Contemplative Walk” in memo line. To hold your spot, mail or bring your check to the church (420 N. Nevada Ave, COS,  CO, 80903.) with “Attention: Todd Spencer” on the envelope. Again, July 30 is the deadline! For more information, email Todd at [email protected]


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.


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!


5-DAY COMMUTER RETREAT WITH FATHER CARL ARICO
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Celebrating Centering Prayer

July 6-10, 2020 
Location: FUMC

We are so excited to be able to offer this Centering Prayer retreat this summer! The focus of the week will be celebrating the goodness of our spiritual journeys and what we experience in practicing Centering Prayer. The retreat is especially for those who live locally. But out of town folks are invited as well. Participants who come from out of town are responsible for their own housing, breakfast and dinners. Lunches will be provided. Fr. Carl J. Arico is a founding member of Contemplative Outreach, is the author of the book, A Taste of Silence and a popular retreat leader the world-over. 

Register ASAP, as this retreat has limited openings. Download the registration materials here

Download the retreat schedule here


MOUNTAIN SABBATH  RETREAT DAYS AT JOHN WESLEY RANCH
August 8-9, 2020 - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
September 27, 2020- POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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 typically looks like: First, we gather at 9:00 a.m. in the Dining Hall of the Lodge at the Ranch for coffee and conversation. And then, at 9:30, we gather in the Chapel for worship. After worship, we have some time for learning around various spiritual formation topics. This is followed by a simple lunch together in the Lodge. After lunch, we encourage quiet sabbath practices like journaling, artwork as prayer, hiking, reading, sitting in front of the fire, napping and other restful activities. Often, as another afternoon option, we will have trained spiritual directors available for you to sign up to meet with one-on-one.  To conclude our day, we gather at 4:00 p.m. for singing, a little sharing and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The day entirely 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 [email protected] or 884-2502. 


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.


CONTEMPLATIVE HIKING DAYS
During the summer months, 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 and observe the presence of God’s Spirit together. On previous hikes, we have meditated and prayed amongst the bristlecone pines of Pikes Peak that are thousands of years old and in the presence of Ute prayer trees in Black Forest. This is one way of following in the footsteps of Jesus who so often snuck away into the wilderness for quiet and prayer with his Abba. Keep your eyes open for coming dates for Contemplative Hiking! For more information about Contemplative Hiking Days, contact Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at [email protected] 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 [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.