Adult Prayer and Study Opportunities

by Fr. Chris Hardman

I hope everyone is praying with me! This summer we began an initiative to get as many in the parish as possible to pray with us each morning. A shortened form of Morning Prayer is found on our website and printed copies are found in the parlor with a list of appropriate Gospel readings for each day on the back cover. We will be switching to a new form September 2nd. Keep on praying.

This fall I would like to re-start an intercessory prayer group. This group would pray for all the people on our prayer list on a regular basis. I know some people are already doing that. I would like to invite anyone who would like to be a part of this group to join me on Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m., September 13, for our first meeting. We will go over the parameters of this endeavor and set a regular meeting time to discuss the fruit of our prayers.

Over the past couple of years I have emphasized the need for contemplative prayer, prayer that values time to listen, reflect, and rest in the love of God. I have found that including lengthy times of silence in one's prayers is often difficult to do alone, but in the presence of others, it is easier. So, I would like to set a time for contemplative evening prayer together-5:00 p.m. every Sunday. We will use the evening prayer service in our Prayer Book as well as several prayer services in the Celtic tradition. We will reflect on scripture, spiritual readings, and selected movies clips. The service will last about 25-30 minutes. Participants may leave after the service or may stay and share thoughts and reflections. We will begin September 16th.

This fall the Wednesday adult class will begin a discussion of the Nicene Creed, what it means and why it is important. This will lead us into an in-depth discussion of the Doctrine of the Trinity as reflected in the Gospel of John. Then we will discuss the most neglected of the three persons of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. After Christmas, we will begin a new series entitled The World, The Flesh, and Dhe Devil. This series will address the problem of evil and how we can understand a good God in the midst of so much bad. This series begins September 12th at 10:30 a.m.

I welcome your input on these endeavors. If the times appointed do not work for you, let me know. Sometimes things can be worked out.