This past Sunday, Pastor Bob shared some resources for those looking to work on, experience, or practice some Spiritual Disciplines during this season leading up to Easter. Here are three great books to help you develop a more spiritually disciplined life.
Celebration of Discipline
From Amazon.com: Richard J. Foster’s Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality with millions of copies sold since its original publication in 1978.
In Celebration of Discipline, Foster explores the “classic Disciplines,” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith to show how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life.
Foster, the bestselling author of several books (Prayer and Streams of Living Water) and intrachurch movement founder of Renovaré, helps motivate Christians everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth.
From Amazon.com: Few books in Westminster John Knox’s publishing history have been so embraced and so loved as Marjorie Thompson’s Soul Feast. First released in 1995, this spiritual classic continues to be a best-seller, as thousands each year accept her invitation to the Christian spiritual life. Offering a framework for understanding the spiritual disciplines and instruction for developing and nurturing those practices, Soul Feast continues to be a favorite for individual reflection and group study. Now engagingly redesigned to appeal to contemporary spiritual-seekers and repackaged for easier use in study and reflection, Soul Feast is a must-have.
The Spirit of the Disciplines
From Amazon.com: Dallas Willard, one of today’s most brilliant Christian thinkers and author of The Divine Conspiracy (Christianity Today’s 1999 Book of the Year), presents a way of living that enables ordinary men and women to enjoy the fruit of the Christian life. He reveals how the key to self-transformation resides in the practice of the spiritual disciplines, and how their practice affirms human life to the fullest. The Spirit of the Disciplines is for everyone who strives to be a disciple of Jesus in thought and action as well as intention.
As Quakers we look for ways to personally reflect and meditate on our lives of faith. This Ash Wednesday (February 18), Silverton Friends Church will offer a time for individual reflection – a time to work out our salvation and respond to God’s grace.
This will be a tactile, self-led experience offered in the Green Room at SFC.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, open from 6:30am – 8pm
Participants will want to give at least 20 minutes for reflection as they journey through the seven stations which will focus on the elements of Clay, Water, Oil, Salt, Offering, Forgiveness, and Ashes. Each station will include original paintings (by Bob Henry), Scripture, reflections, and actions, concluding with the imposition of ashes.
We are planning to have the Green Room open most of the day (6:30am-8pm) for those who would like to come before or after work, as well as, throughout the day.
Ash Wednesday is traditionally the beginning of the Lenten season in the church, so come and start your Lent off in a reflective way.
NEW 6-WEEK FOCUS
Coming in MARCH for the Women’s Daytime Fellowship
This study will give us a 2-week taste of each of the following teachers.
- Kay Arthur – faithfulness (from Hebrews)
- Priscilla Shirer – abundance (from Ephesians)
- Beth Moore – discerning truth from falsehood
Made to fit busy schedules, the workbook will take between 15-30 minutes daily – please consider investing 6 weeks.
Beside a change of pace, and a fresh focus, this study should help us determine what study or teacher we might like to choose from next.
Join us on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am in the Green Room.
WHO IS THIS MAN?
Jesus is history’s most familiar figure. His impact on the world is immense and non-accidental. From the Dark Ages to Post Modernity, He is the man who won’t go away.
Who is this man? illustrates how Jesus’ influence has swept over history, bringing his inspiration to the evolution of art, science, government, medicine, and education. His vision for us to lead lives of dignity, compassion, forgiveness, and hope continues to inspire and challenge humanity today.
In this five-session DVD-based study, John Ortberg reveals how Jesus has had an inescapable influence on our world, and how you and I can make a difference as well.
- The Man Who Won’t Go Away
- A Revolution of Humanity
- The Power of Forgiveness
- Why It’s a Small World After All
- Three Days That Changed the World
Please sign up for the class using the RESPONSE CARD in the bulletin on Sunday, so we know how many study guides to order. The five-week study guide is $4. The first study will be Sunday, March 1 at 9:00am in the Green Room.
Please join us for a season of Taize Prayer on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 7-8p.m. at the Benedictine Sister’s Monastery Chapel at 840 S. Main St. in Mt. Angel.
Everyone is welcome.
Taize prayer is a contemplative experience where simple refrains are repeated to quiet the mind and heart. The ebb and flow of the music and silence is enhanced by scripture and prayer around the cross.
If you have any questions, you may call Sister Maureen at the monastery at 503.845.6141. You may also ask Phil Mullins (from SFC) about Taize prayer since he is one of the musicians who will be providing music.
UPCOMING DATES: February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17