Spirituality

Spirituality

An Evening Eucharist

We gathered in our own homes, in our comfy and sacred spaces and entered into the presence of the Holy with intention and care. Through music, calming voices, beautiful artistry, and the soothing words of the Eucharistic Prayer, which always draws us into the presence of the Risen Christ, we found a place of peace and holiness. Although we cannot physically receive the sacrament at this time, we can engage in the prayer of spiritual communion, which is available to…

The Great Vigil

Through beautiful imagery, spoken word, and music we entered from the darkness of our world and moved into the light of Christ. The Great Vigil is a service that tells the story of our salvation and invites us to find our place within it. This year, since we couldn’t gather together, we gathered many voices through recordings and put them together with love and grace to offer something beautiful for you to engage with. Our hearts felt the joy of…

Good friday Stations of the Cross

Our hearts and souls were turned more closely to Christ as we walked the journey with Jesus to the cross. While engaging in the pre-recorded service of the Stations of the Cross, we were touched by the compelling woodcut prints by Margaret Adams Parker which drew us into the reality of Jesus’ journey to Calvary. There were times emotions overwhelmed us as we entered deeply into prayer. We also used the opportunity to name before God our sins, that which…

Maundy Thursday

We celebrated Maundy Thursday in a different way this year. At times it felt odd not to be together, not to share a Bible Foods Dinner, not to wash each other’s feet, not to celebrate the Eucharist together. And yet, God showed up and brought the holiness of this special night into our hearts. We created our agape meals in our own homes, prayed, sang, and found a new way to lean into the servant heart Jesus showed us at…

Palm Sunday

We celebrated Palm Sunday in a very different way, but it was not a “less than” experience, and in many ways, it became a “more than” experience. Some of the responses I heard to the Palm Sunday pre-recorded service were, “I felt like I was with my whole parish family”, “It was wonderful!”, “BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL. Hearing you say the Palm Sunday service is the woods was wonderful. I felt like I was there with you”, “It brought tears to my…

Life Transformed: Blessing

We gathered by Zoom this past Wednesday — and it was WONDERFUL to finally see each other’s faces and hear each other’s voices. Gathering back into community, even after a break of just a few weeks felt holy and true. We focused our attention around the spiritual practice of blessing, as part of our Lenten exploration of the series of Life Transformed: The Way of Love for Lent. We tied the spiritual act of blessing one another with the Christian…

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Holy Spirit has drawn us into another extension of our desire to offer Christ’s healing to all people. We gather now as a group to knit prayer shawls, those wonderful, warm shawls that we create with prayer and yarn which become real manifestations of God’s love through our hands. We are so blessed to be able to offer someone in need, either in times of grief or health concerns, a prayer shawl. We all bless the shawls in church…

Taize Contemplative Service

We gathered in candlelight, turned our hearts toward the holiness drawn near to us by the harpist, and settled into holy and sacred space. Through chanting, prayer, quiet, intimacy, and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, we found a new expression of the love of God made real to us in community. We offer these Taize Contemplative Eucharists on the first Saturday of every other month as a way to draw those of us who find God through contemplative practices…

Blue Christmas Service

We began our beautiful service tonight with the following prayer: God of abundant mercy, you have given us grace to pray with one heart and one voice, even though our hearts are broken and our voices tremble with grief and sorrow. Comfort, comfort, Lord, your holy people. Comfort those of us who sit in darkness, mourning beneath our sorrow’s load. Speak to us of the peace that awaits us, of the balm of healing for our weary and wounded souls.…

Candlelight vigil for Brian Helman

In the beauty of our candlelit sanctuary, in the midst of people from within and beyond our parish community, in the “active and alive” silence shared by people in prayer, and in companionship of grief, we prayed for Brian Helman, our church musician who was severely injured two weeks ago. This prayer vigil was organized as an effort of love with Brian’s family, St. Andrew’s, the Cumberland Valley School of Music. This time of silent prayer felt like a thin…