This week we explored the formative nature of the Jesus way of prayer - its rhythm, pace, and periods of quiet and stillness. Jesus was not driven by the tyranny of the urgent! This pace of life fueled Jesus to remain focused on weaving heaven and earth back together again...this pace pulled Jesus forward deeper into God’s mission and reinforced what to say no to and what to say yes to.
Then we had the opportunity to hear from a special guest, Jon Woolner's dad, who spoke about the practice of silent prayer and how listening to the still small voice of the Divine keeps us rooted in what is most real and good.
We concluded our gathering with a communal time of silence centered around this prayer:
'Lord Jesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me.’
Like the disciples in Luke 11, "Lord, teach us how to pray!" Teach us to pray in such a way that it inspires and invites us to participate in the re-creation of humanity and the world we live in.
New Spring Circles!
THE CONTEMPLATIVE JOURNEY: Prayer & Practice
Desired Outcome: This Circle will explore the contemplative journey that leads us to deeper union and connection with Christ, others, and our world, inviting us deeper into the action and mission of Jesus in all the places we live, work, and play.
Led by Jon Woolner & Stan Hasegawa
Thursdays from 7-8:15PM, May 4-25
@ the Hasegawas, Concord
Email Jon to RSVP.
SAYING YES: Creating Spaces of Sanctuary and Welcome
Desired Outcome: This Circle digs into the theological concept of Sanctuary and considers what it looks like to be a space of sanctuary and welcome in our current political climate; what might it look like to 'say yes' to being a presence and space of sanctuary & welcome to those around us?
Led by Dave Kludt
Thursdays from 12-1PM, May 18 & 25
Email Dave to RSVP.
(*If the dates/time do not work for you but are interested in tracking with this conversation, please let Dave know)
For the full list of Spring Circles, visit opendooreastbay.com/circles!