December 10, 2018

MONTH OF GRACE + PRAYER

MONTH OF GRACE + PRAYER (A Retreat in Everyday Life)

Brochure and Registration…

The Gift—Clarence Heller

The Lord asked me, “and when you come to pray, what gift do you bring?”

And I smiled broadly because

I knew the answer.

I said, “Dear Jesus, I bring you

something more precious than gold, more precious than frankincense or myrrh. Even more precious than what my

special talents allow me to do, like to play a drum.

 

My answer is that I bring the gift that is most precious to both you and to me—I bring you MYSELF.

 

I bring my whole body with its strengths and its limitations,

its triumphs and its wounds.

 

I bring you my heart and the deepest feelings there, fear, joy, love, insecurity, inadequacy and empathy.

I bring you my mind with all its questions and insights, and yes, distractions, and thoughts that I judge to be holy or profane.

 

I bring you my breath, which is really our breath, because you breathe life into me.

 

I bring you my senses and imagination (use them please, won’t you?) to give me another taste of your love.

 

And I bring you my soul,

our soul where we are united forever, where we are united now,

and during this prayer we focus our attention on that union.

 

And Jesus smiled at me,

totally tender, loving, and trusting as an infant, and said, “Thank you my love, each time you pray, it feels like Christmas to me.”

 

Please consider participating in the Month of Grace + Prayer. January 14—February 11. Brochures and registration forms are available are available on the round table in the Gathering Space, and for even more information, visit www.momentsofgraceandprayer.org or contact PUCCer Sue Stolze (314-209-6057; scstolze75@gmail.com). Registration encouraged by January 5.

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Start the New Year with Prayer – The Month of Grace + Prayer starts on Sunday, January 14. Throughout the month each participant will be invited to pray privately each day and then meet confidentially with an experienced spiritual companion for one hour each week. Meetings with spiritual companions take place on Monday mornings, afternoons or evenings, at the convenience of each participant. Committed couples also have the option to participate as a couple. Spiritual companions are not members of our church. Brochures and registration forms are available on the round table in the Gathering Space, and for even more information, visit www.momentsofgraceandprayer.org or contact PUCCer Sue Stolze (314-209-6057; scstolze75@gmail.com)

 

Brochure and Registration…

Slipped into Prayer—Clarence Heller

 

I slipped into prayer,

stopped for a moment,

in the quiet,

stopped and allowed God to catch me,

and to welcome that,

no agenda,

no hopes,

just being with myself in God,

and then I begin to notice…

the surroundings…

and what is within…

and the connection…

and the love…

and the invitation…

to slip into prayer,

to slip into myself in God.

 

Please consider participating in the Month of Grace + Prayer as one way to slip into prayer and deeper relationship with God. This spiritual adventure starts on Sunday, January 14. Throughout the month each participant will be invited to pray privately each day and then meet confidentially with an experienced spiritual companion for one hour each week. Meetings with spiritual companions take place on Monday mornings, afternoons or evenings, at the convenience of each participant. Committed couples also have the option to participate as a couple. Spiritual companions are not members of our church. Brochures and registration forms are available on the round table in the Gathering Space, and for more information, visit www.momentsofgraceandprayer.org or contact PUCCer Sue Stolze (314-209-6057; scstolze75@gmail.com) Registration encouraged by January 5.