Practicing Prayer

We all look for ways to connect: to people, to the universe, to what is holy in the world. Whatever you believe, you may want to find ways to deepen your connections to the divine. This Lent, we invite you to explore the basics of five prayer practices, finding new ways to connect with God and with one another.

Five members of our congregation will be guiding us in spiritual disciplines in which they find meaning:

3/10 “Praying Out Loud” – Pastor Emily will guide us as we reflect on our experiences in prayer, especially extemporaneous prayer. We will discuss the roadblocks to praying out loud for one another, steps to making this practice more accessible, and practice it with one another.

3/17 “Writing and Prayer” – Karin Round is a published writer whose experiences with journalling and essay writing inform her faith. She will talk with us about what writing means for her, and help us find ways to incorporate writing into our faith lives.

3/24 “Prayer of the Heart” – Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. This short prayer has a long history and deep meaning for many Christians. Steve Kleiner will share with us about this prayer’s role in his life and how it may inform our own prayer lives.

3/31 “Yoga and Prayer” – Leandra Rizzo is a trained yoga instructor who reminds us that prayer isn’t only about our minds, but our bodies. Join us for an introduction to yoga as we learn to include our bodies in prayer.

4/7 “Daily Scripture” – Steve Rizzo, a seminarian at Harvard Divinity School, uses daily scripture readings as part of his prayer practice. He uses resources found in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the hymnal used at First Lutheran Church. Steve will help us consider the role of scripture in prayer.

Each session will meet from 11:15am-12:15pm at the Parish House, the building next door to the church, located at 62 Church Street. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

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