Take on the Lenten Challenge Beginning March 1

Take on the Lenten Challenge Beginning March 1

Beginning Ash Wednesday (March 1), you are invited to join us in an intentional personal and spiritual growth and development challenge. Through the season of Lent, we will be engaging with daily reading, spiritual practices, and small group discussion with the intention of going deeper in our relationship with God and one another. This year we'll be reflecting on John's gospel together.

Disciple 34 Week Bible Study

Becoming Disciples through Bible Study is a dynamic approach to the study of the Bible. During 34 weeks of intensive study, this program moves through the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation using print and video resources in a small group format. Rev. Ryan Slifka will be be leading this intensive formation-oriented small group bible study over the period of 34 weeks to give people the opportunity to dive in and dig deep into the Christian story and learn how to live it daily.

September 2015-May 2014, time and location TBA

Living the Lord's Prayer: Adult Study and Sermon Series

"Christ Teaching his Disciples to Pray," by an Unknown French master, 13th century

"Christ Teaching his Disciples to Pray," by an Unknown French master, 13th century

This summer, we'll be taking a four-week journey through the Lord's Prayer--the most well recognized prayer in the Christian tradition. Christians all over the world (if not most of them) say the prayer each Sunday as they worship. Yet, even some life-long worshipers haven't had the opportunity to stop and consider it's meaning or practical application.

In this exploration of the Lord’s Prayer we discover this prayer as the guide for all of our praying. It is the pattern that Jesus gave his followers (you, me, us, the church) to pray authentically and faithfully. Every Sunday we recite and are reminded of how to pray, what to pray for, and to whom we pray to. As we pray it is also an invitation to live our lives in the way Jesus invites us to, and to imagine the world as God imagines it for us. This series and adult study is meant for people of all different experience/knowledge levels--whether you have no idea how to pray, are a beginner to the Way of Jesus, or whether you've got it tattoo on your heart from praying it your whole life.

Sermon/Worship Series

Sunday, June 14th: "Near and Beyond" ("Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name")
Sunday, June 21st: "Earth Invaded By Heaven" ("Your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven," and "give us this day our daily bread")
Sunday, June 28th: "Free to Forgive" ("Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us")
Sunday, July 6th: "A Power Not Our Own" ("Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil" and "yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen")

Adult Study

Monday Mornings June 8-29th 11:00am (location to be announced)

In the adult study we will reflect on each portion for the prayer set for that Sunday. Signup is not required. There will be no required readings ahead of time (other than the prayer itself!), but if you wish there are several books for further reading that can be ordered online or into our local bookstore.

If you'd like to hold a small reading group of your own on one of these, please let Ryan Slifka know, and he can order the books for you.

Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon, Lord, Teach Us: The Lord's Prayer and the Christian Life
John Dominic Crossan: The Greatest Prayer: Recovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer
William J. Carl III: The Lord's Prayer for Today

Sent by the Wrong People to the Right Place

In the Christian tradition, we look at time through the lens of the church year. Thinking of time in this way reminds me of who I am and the story that I belong to that is different from other possible stories. It's not just a story I read, but one that I am living daily.  But what happens when the story you are raised in has become a drain? Something that is not life-giving, but one that creates pain, guilt and hurt?