Spiritual practices: sermon series

Have you ever wondered about spiritual practices to help you strengthen your faith? In June, the Rev. Rick King will give a series of sermons on some specific practices to deepen your relationship with God.

June 3: Leavening Our Life (Matthew 13:31-33, 44-46) – Practice: Centering Prayer.
Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer in which we experience the God within.

June 10: Listening for God (Matthew 6:5-8; Romans 8:22-27) – Practice: Lectio Divina.
Lectio Divina means literally “holy reading,” but as a practice it means reading slowly, reflectively, savoring a particular word or phrase that speaks to us, and then using that word or phrase as the basis for a period of reflection and contemplation. Think of that word or phrase as being a key that opens the door to communing with the God within.

June 17: The Trellis and the Vine (John 15:1-11; Romans 12:1-8) – Practice: Developing a personal Rule of Life.
Think of a Rule of Life not as a list of do’s and don’ts, but as an aid to growth in our spiritual lives, much as a trellis helps climbing plants to begin to grow up rather than out.