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Practice Group
The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr
Wednesdays starting February 5
noon & 6:00pm (choose one)
St. Paul Lounge/Fellowship Hall

                                              
 
Explore what it means that Jesus was called “Christ” and how this forgotten truth can transform everything we see, hope for, and believe. And practice with other beginners an ancient form of prayer called “contemplation.”

Two parallel 8-session practice groups will read and pray their way through Richard Rohr’s The Universal Christ. Hosted by Pastor Clark, Mitch Haack and Sandy Wiper, they will meet weekly on Wednesdays at St. Paul—one group at noon and the other at 6:00pm. Beginners and imperfect-attenders welcome.

Visit saintpaulclinton.org/smallgroups for more information and to sign up. 

Discuss, Pray, and Belong: Wednesdays
Feb 5 Beforehand, read chapters 1 and 2.
Feb 12 Beforehand read chapters 3 and 4.
Feb 19 Beforehand, read chapters 5, 6 and 7.
Feb 26 No class. Ash Wednesday meal 5:45p & worship 7:15pm
Mar 4 Beforehand, read chapters 8, 9 and 10.
Mar 11 Beforehand, read chapters 11 and 12.
Mar 18 Beforehand, read chapters 13, 14 and 15.
Mar 25 Beforehand, read chapters 16, 17 and Afterward.
Apr 1 Before this session, read the Appendixes.
Lent Evening Prayer services will follow the 6pm sessions in March & April  
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“We have seen the Lord,” we’ve been singing in worship lately. And we did, yesterday, when we visited Bob, who was dying. We saw Christ on the cross, suffering with Bob and us, loving Bob and us, whispering a promise that today we are with him in paradise. Carolyn reminded us.

Last week (as I write this), we were together at Sandy Birt’s funeral. Not all of us, but wherever there is one of us, all of us are there. All of St. Paul. The whole body of Christ. All creation and the host of heaven.

During the service, Sandy’s son, Travis, and daughter, Jenn, remembered their mom. Then came my turn to speak. So I walked down the steps from the communion table, past Sandy Birt’s white-covered casket, and toward her family to read the Gospel of Matthew. 

And it came back in a flash: I had done this before. I walked down these same steps toward this same beloved family after Hannah died. 

And I remembered what my pastor told me just the month before, after Jeanne Etheridge died. She said, “The longer you stay, the more you will love them, and the harder it will be when they die.”

In worship a few weeks ago, we heard from the Gospel of John. “Where are you saying?” the two asked Jesus. “Come and see,” he said. And the gospel says, “they came and saw where he was staying, and he stayed with him the rest of that day.”
--PC
 
Faith Question For The Week

“But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment,” Jesus taught the disciples.

This is the third consecutive week of reading the Sermon on the Mount in worship. This week, Jesus seems to expect the impossible.

If you told me you never get angry ever, I would be suspicious. Anger is a natural human emotion. It’s a sign someone or something you care about has been threatened or violated. I’d worry you were suppressing anger--a sign of a wound, even a traumatic wound. Or I’d suspect you were polishing your record for the pastor. Feeling anger is not the problem; it’s what you do with it. 

On the other hand, I’ve journeyed a long time with anger, my own and others’ anger. Many things cannot be unsaid or undone, even when they are forgiven. Anger has consequences.

I’ve learned that the feelings and reactions that seem automatic and inevitable are not. What seems impossible is possible, through the courage of self-awareness and self-reflection, the strength of discipline, the grace of healing, and the blessing of other people caring enough about us to patiently but firmly holding us to account.

What Jesus offers in the Sermon on the Mount is a powerful moral and spiritual vision. Jesus wants to inspire us with hope: more is possible! He does not intend to burden and harm us with unrealistic expectations. Humans are addicted to punishing, not God.

Pray with your anger. In God’s presence, ask yourself, “Am I right to be angry? What more vulnerable feelings am I masking with this anger?” Ask God, “Help me do what is right and help me do it with love and holy energy and appropriate urgency.”


--PC

Reminder, News, Events

VBS 2020
VBS will be July 20-23, 2020
Next planning meeting will be Sunday, March 8th in the lounge at 10:30 am. 
If you are interested in helping this year,
contact Donna Jean Holste.
Stay Connected
This weeks events at
St. Paul

 
Sunday, February 16
Worship 9:15 am

Monday, February 17
Bingo 10:00 am

Tuesday, February 18
Worship 4:30 pm
Council Meeting 6:00 pm

Wednesday, February 19
Universal Christ Practice Group 12:00
CCC Choir 4:15 pm
Learning Committee 5:15 pm
Tintinnabulum 5:15 pm
Vocal Choir 5:15 pm
Confirmation at Zion 5:45 pm
Universal Christ Practice Group 6:00 pm
Adult Bells 6:15 pm

Thursday, February 20
Hannah Group 1:00 pm

Sunday, February 23
Worship 9:15 am
Community Meal 5:30 pm




 
February Epistle Click Here
Click here for February 9, 2020 Worship
This Weeks Readings

 

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