Greetings! “In all your ways acknowledge God, who will make your paths straight… It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body.” - Proverbs 3:6,8 Often when we think of praying, we assume that we need to be still, as in, not moving. But it is possible to pray while we do another activity. Sometimes doing something active with our bodies while we pray helps us to connect more deeply with God. What kinds of activities work well for prayer? Anything t
Greetings! “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 We are now in the Easter season when we celebrate and thank God for the resurrection. This week’s prayer practice is gratitude. Practicing gratitude in our prayer life helps us to be aware of the abundance God is giving to us. Often we get stuck complaining about scarcity, or we fall into a habit of criticism a
Greetings! “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.” - Psalm 42:1 For the next several weeks, I am writing about different ways to pray. I hope you will be inspired to connect with God in new ways! This week, I want to talk about how to pray when we don’t have words for prayer. Sometimes in life we lose all our words for prayer. That can happen during times of grief, illness, or doubt. It can also just be our normal—some of us always struggl
April 10 - Palm Sunday: Worship service at Briarwood at 10:45 am April 14 - Maundy Thursday: A joint service with St. Columba-by-the-Lake at 7 pm over Zoom, led by Rev. Lara Scholey, with Communion and remembering our Baptism. We are encouraged to have a bowl of water ready, as well as our bread and wine/juice. April 15 - Good Friday: Seven Last Words of Christ Tenebrae Service, in-person and live-streamed at 7 pm at Briarwood (no Kids’ faith - worship bags for children t
Greetings! “Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.” - Psalm 139:7-10 The next several weekly messages will be about different ways to pray. The first type of prayer I want to talk about is called The Examen.