In response to the Spiritual Life Inventory that was administered to the parish last spring, several parishioners said that they are very interested in learning more about the life of prayer, but that they hadn’t found any opportunities to do this at Good Shepherd. In October a six-week video-based program titled “Discipleship: Hazardous Saints” was presented as the first of a two-part series designed to respond to this interest in spiritual growth.
The second “Discipleship” program will be another small group program during the season of Lent titled, What’s In Your Sacred Toolbox? This six-week series will help parishioners lay a foundation for deepening their relationship with God by inviting them to experience some different types of prayer that will help them to deal with the demands of modern life and to live out their faith in the world with more confidence. We often have the basic tools of scripture reading and personal prayer, but creating a “sacred toolbox” that includes some different types of prayer and reflection, as well as meditation has been shown to be immensely helpful.
This program will be offered two times each week:
Monday night series
Led by Karin Elsen, Deb Sampson and others, this session will be on Monday evenings from 7 - 8:30 pm beginning February 12.
Sunday morning series
Led by Fr. Craig MacColl, this session will be on Sunday mornings beginning February 18 from 9:00 – 9:50 am.
Here is the schedule for the program:
Monday, Feb. 12 / Sunday, Feb. 18:
Introduction: What’s In My “Sacred Toolbox” Right Now?
Monday, Feb. 19 / Sunday, Feb. 25:
Listening to God With the Heart: The Practice of Meditation
Monday, Feb. 26 / Sunday, Mar. 4:
Seeing God in the Ordinary: Finding the Sacred in Creation.
Monday, Mar. 5 / Sunday, Mar. 11:
Seeking Healing and Wholeness: Coming to God As We Are
Monday, Mar. 12 / Sunday, Mar. 18:
Longing for Deeper Intimacy With God
Monday, Mar. 19 / Sunday, Mar. 25:
Making Difficult Choices: How Do I Know God’s Will For Me?
There is no cost for this program and nursery care will be available on Sunday mornings for parents with young children on request. Please sign up on the table in the church hallway.