In a couple of days we will share with thousands of Christians world-wide in preparing for Pentecost. To help you and your family, our pastor put together a short video to help you learn how to create sacred space within your home and he offers some ideas to help you pray. Watch the video on our YouTube Page.
Indeed, the mission of every Christian is to glorify God in all we do. In glorifying God, we witness to the saving grace of God at work in all of creation. Our discipleship of Jesus, our following in his way and entering into communion with God, is not simply a practice by which we admire the good things God has done for us in Christ, but rather our discipleship is lived out in our every day-to-day life. Everything we do ought to glorify God and invite others to share in the new life we have found in Christ.
We’re excited to announce a new ministry! With the support and help of parishioners John and Heike, Christ Church will now have a community garden to grow fresh produce for our friends at the Exchange Food Bank.
We need your help to launch this garden! Read our email announcement and learn how you can support this initiative.
As we look at this photo, we notice the sunbeam pouring in from the left. Sunbeams are often invisible, they are all around us even on cloudy days, but we take it for granted. We don’t focus on the sun, because it is just there, and we enjoy it. However, when the conditions are just right, sometimes we see more visibly what has been there all along, like this sunbeam.
So it is with God. We know that God is with us always, but sometimes we don’t exactly know how or what grace God is pouring into our lives on a daily basis. Spiritual Direction is a practice where through intentional prayer and contemplation, we seek to create sacred space, so that the unseen hand of God can become more visible in our lives, once we start to take notice. We trust God, and taking the time to prayerfully contemplate and adopt a listening stance, we desire to draw nearer to God in relationship. Just like the sunbeam becomes visible, the ways that God is guiding our lives becomes more visible to seekers.
Submitted by Wilma Clarke B.A. MTS. CSD. Wilma is a Spiritual Director, and a Christ Church Bolton parishioner. She is offering one hour listening sessions for anyone who is interested in contemplative listening. For further information, please click on this link to email her.