What Is: Holy Hospitality? Lectio Divina? Christian Mindfulness?

What is Holy Hospitality? Lectio Divina? Christian Mindfulness?

Throughout Lent, we will be exploring the meaning of each of these by diving deeply into them each week. But you don’t need prior knowledge or reading. Nor are you expected to attend each week. Just come when you can and just as you are. It’s a time for being really present in the fullness of grace.

Each meeting will be on zoom from 9:30 – 10:30 am (latecomers are still welcome.)

We will meet for three days, each with a different focus. You can join any or all.

What is Holy Hospitality? | Mondays | 9:30 – 10:30 am
What is Lectio Divina? | Wednesdays | 9:30 – 10:30 am
What is Mindfulness? | Fridays, 9:30 | 10:30 am

1. What is Holy Hospitality? “God’s Welcome: Holy Hospitality” Mondays, 9:30 – 10:30 am

We will be exploring Amy Oden’s book — God’s Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel Hungry World. Quotes from this book:

“Whether we are guests or hosts we need to be ready — ready to welcome, ready to enter another’s world, ready to be vulnerable. This readiness is expectant. It may be akin to moral nerve. It exudes trust: trust that opportunities to welcome are just around the corner, trust that offering welcome will draw us closer to God, trust that participation in hospitality is participation in the life of God.”

“Readiness expects God’s welcome to transform both host and guest. Ready hearts look for opportunities to extend God’s welcome, expecting God to be at work.”

2. What is Lectio Divina? “Sacred Readings & Holy Conversations” Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am

This Day We’ll Following-Up from Lance’s Scripture Readings & Devotional Prayer Time

3. What is Mindfulness? “Discovering Eyes That See: Christian Mindfulness” Fridays, 9:30-10:30 am

We will be exploring Amy Oden’s book — Right Here, Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness Quotes from this book:

“My entire mundane, daily, messy life rests in God. All of it. The more I practice mindfulness, the more I become aware of God, the True Life that holds my life in this moment. The goal of Christian mindfulness is God-awareness, an experience of our lives in God, our true home. Jesus says it, “Look! See! The kingdom of God is at hand!” Christian mindfulness cultivates this seeing.”

“Mindfulness is another word for prayerful attention to God’s presence right here, right now. Contemplative traditions within Christianity have always emphasized attentive awareness of God in this moment, using various words, including prayer and meditation. Historically, Christians have used many practices of mindfulness, drawing on the biblical witness of attentive presence with God, for example, “Be still, and know that I am God!” (Ps 46:10 NRSV), “a sound of sheer silence” (1 Kgs 19:12 NRSV), “Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19 NRSV), and “pray continually” (1 Thess 5:17). It may help to remember that prayer is an organic expression of our relationship with God, taking many forms in Scripture and across Christian history.”

Again — Each meeting will be on zoom from 9:30 – 10:30 am (latecomers are still welcome.)

ALSO — We are planning to offer a day retreat with Amy Oden via Zoom during Eastertide! Our whole church community is welcome.

Join us on the journey!

Grace and Peace,

Dr. Len Delony
Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation

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