worship

October 7, 2022

Mystical Stirrings of Teilhard de Chardin *Overnight Retreat

Experiencing the Divine Universe: Contemplating & Praying with the Mystical Stirrings of Teilhard de Chardin Desire to connect with God and Nature is as close to us in our human experience as the perpetual need to satiate our hunger and thirst. Those whom we recognize as mystics are more than familiar with this desire, many of whom have taught and written about the sacred pursuit of God in everyday living. And, while the necessity of increasing our gratitude and reverence…

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Teilhard de Chardin retreat
April 10, 2022

Prayers for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Call to Worship Jesus is coming! From the mountainside, from the seaside, from the homes of the rich and the company of the poor, from the bedside of those who are sick, Jesus is coming! Along dusty roads, with a ragged band of travelers, Jesus comes to Jerusalem, Will we greet him with Hosannas? Let’s pray: We have come to meet you today, Jesus. We don’t know quite what to expect. We think we know what we need,…

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Palm Sunday, prayers
November 4, 2020

November Changes

Entering November, we reflect on the many changes that occur this month, even when the pandemic persists. Let us pause to acknowledge what is coming, to focus on the gratitude of the season and to welcome the healing of our mind, body and spirit that God can provide. A Prayer for November November. The changing of the seasons. The coming of winter. The calendar year ending. The church year beginning. We remember the saints as November begins. We give thanks…

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Welcome November
November 1, 2020

A Prayer for All Saints’ Day

Today, on All Saints' Day, we recognize the many saints we've learned about through scripture and writings from history. We also honor those whom we've personally lost over the last year. Please take a quiet moment in prayer to remember the wide variety of saints before us. "May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love." Prayer for All Saints Day We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever…

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Saints, Friends Day
September 18, 2020

Palms Up Way of Life

Today's post is by a familiar face at our Center, Sales Manager Rainey Taylor. She offers a wonderful analogy that can be applied as we continue to face this time of uncertainty. Let's set aside a quiet moment to read her thoughts. Palms Up Way of Life by Rainey Taylor “The final forming of a person’s character lies in their hands.” – Anne Frank “So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands…

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Re-Imaging prayer
August 30, 2020

Come to Me, My weary one…

Before each of our staff meetings at the Retreat & Conference Center, we begin with a prayerful reflection. It isn't uncommon for that reflection to be read from one of Sarah Young's popular "Jesus Calling" books. These daily devotionals select a passage from Scripture and then share the author's wisdom on how Jesus is speaking to us, making it personalized. As we worship and rest today, we hope that you will also be comforted by the Spirit. "Come to me,…

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July 12, 2020

Spirituality – 5

Many thanks to Fr. Michael Schleupner for continuing to share this series on spirituality for our blog. To read more about Fr. Michael, please click here. Let's take a few quiet moments to pray and reflect. Spirituality – 5  Dear Friends, In the past weeks, I have reflected on Spirituality and on three of its core elements: Faith, Prayer, and Habit. Today my attention turns to the next core element: Connectedness. On the one hand, spirituality is an inner reality…

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Fr. Michael Schleupner, Mass
June 28, 2020

United In Your Love

As most of us still mourn the loss of being together in community for worship, this prayer provides a wonderful vision of uniting across the world. Please take a moment to recognize God's presence and pray for peace and unity with us... United in Your Love Almighty God, who are mother and father to us all, Look upon your planet Earth divided. Help us to know that we are all your children, That all nations belong to one great family,…

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May 15, 2020

Prayer In the Time of COVID-19

Rev. Stephen Wade offers today's reflection. He has been a spiritual director during one of our summer directed retreat for many years. We look forward to welcoming Rev. Stephen back to the Center this August! Let's take a few quiet moments to read about his thoughts on prayer during this uncertain time. Prayer In the Time of COVID-19 Let’s face it. Prayer is tricky - when it is possible - in this time of COVID-19. My own spiritual direction practice…

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