Spirituality, Psalms & Lamentations

by susan on September 6, 2016

spirituality seriesWe’ve spent the last five weeks thinking & talking through some pretty tough topics. We’ve discussed violence, politics, education & racial inequity. These conversations have reminded me that the call to love & care for our neighbors is hard & messy. It requires much more of us than simply showing up to church on Sundays.

To truly care about & work to alleviate suffering and injustice, we must journey to the depths.

We must be rooted in a deep, honest & transformative spirituality.

The quest for a deep, authentic faith is nothing new for many of us. Instead of status quo religious conformity, we’ve been

struggling with big questions,
deconstructing old ways of thinking &
seeking a faith that looks more Jesus-like.

Some of us are spiritual refugees who’ve left church, at least for a season, and have stumbled our way back into community. Others are discovering the life-changing & life-giving way of Jesus for the first time.

In a way, we are all beginners. We are unlearning shallow, often shame-filled & Sunday-only practices and learning new, transformative ways to connect with God & neighbor. We are wondering how to pray, what to do with our doubt & pain, and how listen and make decisions. We are searching for how to show up more fully in the good, the bad and in every moment of our lives.

Over the next couple of months, our Sunday morning worship gatherings will look to the ancient writings of Psalms and Lamentations to guide us into a deeper spirituality. After all, we stand in a long, long line of fellow travelers who’ve been asking these same questions. In these texts, we encounter a variety of timeless human experiences, emotions & ways of responding to God in the everyday. We’ll explore these texts, listen to stories, share communion and pray together.

We would love for you to join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at the Third & Main Event Center (1303 N. Main Street) beginning this Sunday. Feel free to arrive early for coffee & conversation and to bring breakfast food to share.

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