We gathered in companionship and prayer, seeking a deeper connection with each other and with God. This past week, we were guided in conversation and spirituality by Deacon Marsha Roscoe, a Lutheran Deacon and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of our Diocesan Stevenson School for Ministry.
We began our conversation by sharing how we name God in our prayers, for that can tell us a great deal about what we believe about God. We also shared, of course, that often God is beyond naming, and we understand God to be a great mystery that somehow we are blessed to be in relationship with, through an open flow of love and mercy.
Since our course is revolving around the Ways to Pray, we share our current prayer practices as well as our resistances to the disciplines of prayer.
It was a rich time of sharing and growing. One key concept from our time together is that spiritual growth happens within us when we set intention and awareness to our prayer life. Spiritual transformation happens by God. We have a particular role in developing our spirituality (intention, awareness, commitment) and all of that then opens the space for God to transform us more into the likeness of Christ.
All are welcome to attend our Wednesday evening formation sessions. We gather at Mother Barbara’s home between 5:30 and 6 p.m., share a meal together, and then begin our conversation at 7 p.m.