First Christian Church
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
211 S. Walnut Crawfordsville Indiana 47933
Phone: 765-362-4812 Email: email@example.com
Pastor: Keith D. Strain
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Lenten Thoughts from Henri Nouwen
Lent offers a beautiful opportunity to discover the mystery of Christ within us. It is a gentle but also demanding time. It is a time of solitude but also community, it is a time of listening to the voice within, but also a time of paying attention to other people’s needs. It is a time to continuously make the passage to new inner life as well as to life with those around us.
For most of my life I have struggled to find God, to know God, to love God. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of the spiritual life—pray always, work for others, read the Scriptures—and to avoid the many temptations to dissipate myself. I have failed many times but always tried again, even when I was close to despair.
Now I wonder whether I have sufficiently realized that during all this time God has been trying to find me, to know me, and to love me. The question is not “How am I to find God?” but “How am I to let myself be found by him?” The question is not “How am I to know God?” but “How am I to let myself be known by God?” And, finally, the question is not “How am I to love God?” but “How am I to let myself be loved by God?” God is looking into the distance for me, trying to find me, and longing to bring me home.
From The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri J. M. Nouwen (New York: Image Books, 1992).
Have you been reading the Psalms for Lent?
Have you joined in the sharing at the www.fccpsalms.blogspot.com ?
Wonder how to join? Peter has a helpful video tutorial at http://youtu.be/Q7GLzxOhqzs
Our goal is to read 4 psalms a day.Now some psalms are significantly longer than others, we’ll break those up into smaller parts. If 4 psalms proves to be too much, read 1 or 2. Don’t feel rushed or get discouraged if you miss a day.
As we read we’re going to do so in a lectio divina sort of way. ( “In lectio we read slowly, attentively, gently listening to hear a word or phrase that is God's word for us this day.”) I invite you to write down this word or phrase that you hear spoken to you, and perhaps even a short thought about it.
Finally, remember that a Psalm will generally be a short poem, or perhaps an ancient hymn or praise song. As poetry we will encounter just about every human emotion possible.
Each entry will be my personal notes from my time reading. No great, deep, theological, homiletical, exegetical, historical context, mumbo jumbo, there are other places to get that sort of thing. Just the word(s) and phrase(s) I hear as I read.
It is my hope that others will join along and use the comment section as a place to add what they experience reading. Hopefully this format will allow anyone to join at any point. Start from the beginning or come in at the newest post.
Join us on Thursdays at 6 pm for Scripture and Salsa at Little Mexico Restaurant!
Associate Minister Peter Harper leads us in an interactive discussion of scripture and its everyday application, while we enjoy a delicious meal. Come be a part of this fun and informative fellowship! Also, please invite those in your life for which a restaurant setting may be a better fit for hearing The Message. ~New Ministries Team~
†Good News Café
Sunday Mornings at 9:22 a.m.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
We encourage you to drop by and join us at 9:22 on Sunday mornings. Enjoy some coffee and pastries, and see what the †Good New Café is all about. Good News Cafe is a worship service. We sing praises and glory to God. We speak with God in prayer. We proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. We take communion every Sunday.
There is be a “small group” feel to our gatherings. The majority of the message each Sunday will be discussion driven. The theme or topic of the morning will be presented, scripture will be read and then we will have a discussion. Worshipers should feel welcome to share their experiences and thoughts regarding the day’s topic. As a community in dialogue our individual faith will be deepened, challenged, and strengthened. School aged youth are also encouraged to join us! After singing and prayer, the youth will move to the room adjoining the Chapel, for their own activities and interactive discussion session.
Hope to see you there!
All are welcome!
You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, proclaiming the Good News of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. (Acts 10:36)
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