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Lindsay’s LAST Loop

Beloved,

This is my last time writing to you. While I am filled with hope and anticipation—for Allin Church and myself—for the days and years to come, I am also feeling pretty sad. I’m sad because I love you, because I love this church, because I love the ministry we’ve been able to do together these last four years. As I’ve prepared to leave (tossing out the papers I don’t need anymore, getting things together for the person who’ll come next, clearing out the Sunday school for—praise God!—new floors to go in), I’m struck by how much I have to be grateful for.

I am so thankful for the wise and playful and brave children of this church. These kids have taught me how to pray during my time here: their thoughtfulness and their depth, the way they think of the biggest concerns and the smallest things and offer them up to God, has deepened my own knowledge of the divine.

I am grateful for the ways we have all grown in our ministry these last four years. The children and parents of the church trusted me to totally overhaul the way we do Sunday school, so that it could work better for our children (even if it looked way different from how it has in decades past). I’m grateful for the adults of this church making more space for children in our worship; I’m grateful that y’all have allowed Cheryl and I to plan and lead so many inter generational services, so that people of all ages can experience the wonder and joy of worshiping God in community. I am grateful to have gone through the process of becoming Open and Affirming with this church; seeing you all open your doors ever wider was a gift to me, and to this world.

I am grateful that you all have been a place for me to grow as a minister, to grow in my preaching, worship leadership, and administration.

Of course, there is so much more to be thankful for: for your willingness to learn alongside me, for the ways we have opened our lives up to one another, for the ways you are turning outwards to your community in Dedham and beyond, for the ways the Spirit continues to move through this church, 381 years after its founding.

I am filled with hope for this church. Here are some of my hopes for you in the days and years to come:

I hope you will continue to follow the Spirit’s leading and try new things. It takes courage to lead a service in a different way, to try a different type of programming, to connect to people who are different from one another. That courage exists here, in this church, in each one of you. I have seen it. Hold fast to that courage, and see where it takes you.

As a congregational church, all congregants—equal before God—are the ministers and leaders. I pray that you all will continue to take ownership of the ministries of this church. (The best way you can honor me as I leave, and the best way you can care for Cheryl during Gabe’s sickness, is to care for each other, and to carry on the work of this church).

I hope there continues to be time—in the Sunday school, in youth group and confirmation, in worship and adult education—for you all to play, to be creative, to see something new from each other and God. I hope each person, from the youngest to the oldest, finds in this church a place to rest and a place to be challenged.

I long for each of us to remember, to really know in our bones, that Jesus is with us, always. I long for that knowledge to give us comfort and peace and courage and strength and hope.

With you in the Love of Christ,

Lindsay

PS: This church has done so much to help me prepare for ordained ministry. My ordination service will be sometime in the fall, and I’ll make sure you all know about it, so that we can all celebrate together what God is doing.

 

 

 

Milestone Sunday (Children’s Sunday) on May 12th

Church is a place where we mark significant transitions in our lives: it’s a place where babies are baptized, where couples are married, where we say a final goodbye to our loved ones in funerals. At these times, we remember that God and God’s community holds us. In all the changes in our lives, God’s love is a constant.

As we thought about Children’s Sunday this year, we realized that that title was a bit of a misnomer: it’s been a service that has been planned by the children and the youth of our congregation, and a large part of it is recognizing the graduating seniors in our congregation (who are adults now!)

This year, we’ve been blessed to have our children participating in inter-generational worship once a month: we’ve celebrated holidays together, done a baptism during a snow storm, explored the words of the Lord’s Prayer, and more. We’ve opened up our worship to include more art, more candles, different ways of praying, and even a few snacks (when we ate matzah as we re-told the story of the exodus from Egypt). It’s been a gift to all of us to have our children involved in planning and leading worship more than just one Sunday a year. It’s helped all of us connect to God, and it’s helped make a place for all our members to experience worship in new and meaningful ways.

Because of that, we’re shifting the focus on “Children’s Sunday” to “Milestone Sunday.” We’re recognizing the significant milestone of two of our members graduating from high school (congratulations, Erin and Kyle!) and moving on to college. We’ll also be giving Bibles to our 1st graders and our 5th graders: another big milestone.

When we baptize babies in our congregation, after the parents and godparents say their vows, and after Cheryl pours the water on the baby’s head, the rest of us stand and say a vow:

“With God’s help we will proclaim the good news and live according to the example of Christ. We will surround this child with a community of love and forgiveness, that he may grow in his trust of God, and be found faithful in his service to others. We will pray for him, that he may be a true disciple who will walk in the way that leads to life.”

When we mark the milestones in the life of our congregation—from infancy to toddler-hood,  to getting your first storybook Bible,  to graduating from high school—we’re living out the commitment we made at the baptism of these ones. We remember that we promised to proclaim the good news and live according to Jesus’ example, and that we promised to surround each other with a community of love and forgiveness. We witness God’s faithfulness as people grow up into the adults God has called and created them to be.

My hope is that this won’t just be a time of celebrating the milestones of our young ones. What are some of the milestones you’ve passed this year? Did you make it through a significant illness or hospitalization? Did you get a new job or retire? Did you have a baby or a grand-baby or a great-grand-baby?

Remind us of these milestones (send an email, give us a call, snag Cheryl or me during coffee hour), so that our service can include these, too. God is faithful to us from before we’re born to long after we die, and every mile along the way. We want to remind ourselves of that faithfulness!

With you in God’s love,

Lindsay

PS: I know we’ve been calling it Children’s Sunday for a long time; my hope is not to replace that title, but to shift and open our focus, so that we can all see how God is moving among us, today.

 

 

 

Lindsay’s April Message

We learn through stories. I have been delighting in our Lenten series this year, “Becoming Real,” where we’ve been seeing our own stories through the story of the Velveteen Rabbit and the parables of Jesus. I admit it seemed like an odd choice at first—why are we bringing in a children’s book to read alongside the gospel? But as we have read through this time-worn story, and as we have read through the time-worn stories of the parables, I’ve been surprised at how much truth there is still to find in these texts.

Stories are how children learn. We read stories to children, and tell them over and over again, because stories are how we learn values, and cultural norms. Stories are how we learn how to navigate sticky situations, and how we build empathy for others. Stories help us see the consequences of actions (think about Aesop’s fables here). They’re a far better way of teaching than simply setting out rules and consequences. Adults, too, learn through stories (if you’ve ever read Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” to a kid, you know that this book has quite a bit to say to parents).

The Bible is, more than anything else, the story of God’s people. It’s made up of lots of little stories (well-known ones like Adam and Eve in the garden, Moses parting the Red Sea, Mary giving birth in an inn, and lesser-known ones like Nehemiah building the wall and the daughters of Zelophehad arguing for their rights as women). These little stories make up the larger narrative of the Bible: God created us, we chose to stray from God’s path, God continued to save us and to lead us into the ways that lead to life.

As we read this story, over and over, we learn about what it looks like to follow God (and what it looks like to mess up). In the stories of Jesus, we see him transgressing many of the restrictive and oppressive social and religious norms of his time, and we learn that we’re called to do that, too, in our times.

We learn about ourselves, too: that if God can use Moses (a murderer with a speech impediment) to demand freedom from Pharaoh and to lead God’s people out of slavery, well, God might be able to us use too.

This Lent, we’ve put another story alongside the story of the Scriptures, because we trust that this story can help us to see different truths in the Bible and different truths about ourselves. The Velveteen Rabbit is itself a parable—a parable about love, and a parable about what it means to be “real”. Here’s a well-loved quote from a rocking horse speaking to the stuffed velveteen rabbit:

“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” 

We, too, are in a process of becoming. We’re loving other people and being loved. We’re recognizing our own vulnerabilities and fears. We’re seeing that none of that makes us ugly, except to people who don’t understand.

I pray that as we move towards Holy Week, where once again we’ll live through the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, that we recognize the power of the Christian story to form us and transform us. I hope that you’ll carve out space in your busy lives to walk through this story in the worship services at our church—the Palm Sunday pomp and circumstance, the Maundy Thursday meal and betrayal, the mournful silence of Good Friday, and the unbridled celebration of Easter’s resurrection morning. Live in these stories, and let them change you.

With you in the Love of God,

Lindsay

 

Lindsay’s Loop – A Message from our CE Minister

Jesus calls us outside of our comfort zones—especially those of us who are used to being comfortable. Earlier this month, our youth group did exactly that, when we joined Common Cathedral for worship on Boston Common.

We went there because there is a congregation of people—most of them people experiencing homelessness—who worship outside because that is where they live, and that is where they find God. It was uncomfortable for us—it was seriously cold outside, and we were guests and visitors among so many people we didn’t know. 

It was uncomfortable, and it was also beautiful. We gathered in a circle with a few dozen folks, some of us who live in houses, and some of us who don’t, and we knew that we were all God’s children. We sang and we heard scripture read by members of the congregation, just like in our church; but there were tourists and travelers and downtown shoppers walking past our worship, which doesn’t happen at Allin. It was beautiful because as we worshiped and prayed and sang, we remembered that we all belong to each other—that God’s body is vast and that there are believers who are very different from us. We remembered that God’s love reaches out into the streets and the city parks, and that God’s image is embodied in our homeless siblings just as it is in us. Although we brought sandwiches and snacks to share at their coffee hour, we remembered that these men and women experiencing homelessness had gifts to offer us too: they offered us hospitality, and hope, and spirited worship.

My prayer for our church, Allin Church, is that we continue to get out of our comfort zones to meet our neighbors. I believe that this will transform our faith. I believe this will transform our church. I believe we have gifts to offer our neighbors, and I believe our neighbors have gifts to offer us.

Church, what can you do, this month, to meet more of your neighbors? What can you do to get out of your comfort zone? What gifts will God have for you as you do that?

With you in God’s love,  Lindsay

 

** Pictures are of Our youth group (with members from Allin Church, Stratford Street United Church, and Grace Community Boston) worshipping with our neighbors at Common Cathedral

 

 

Practicing Our Faith at Home

It is a gift that we have this church to come to: a place to pray and to sing, a place to study and to serve, a place to drink pretty good coffee and a place to encounter the Living God. But usually we only spend an hour or two at the physical church—that’s an hour or two out of the 168 hours we have every week. Our hearts long to connect with God throughout our days, in all the places we find ourselves.

Advent—the four weeks leading up to Christmas—is a time for us to prepare our hearts and our lives for Christ’s coming. The first Sunday of Advent (this year, December 2) is the beginning of the Christian calendar, a time to start fresh. As we start our new year, I want to invite you to take on a new practice or two as a way to connect with God. Here are a few ideas:

Candle-Lighting Prayers

In this season of way-too-early sunsets, why not bring some light into the world? Try praying with a candle–any type of candle you have lying around! You can light it as a prayer for a specific person, you can light it when you say a prayer before a meal, you can light it when you’re watching the news and the weight of the world feels like too much to hold. (If you don’t have any candles at home, we’ve got some at church to share—all you have to do is ask Lindsay!)

Throughout the month, usually on Wednesdays, our church Facebook page will share a post asking for prayer requests, and we’ll light candles for each person who asks—it’s a sweet way for us to minister to our whole community, especially those who don’t come through our church doors.

 

Gratitude Café

This idea came from a book called “Faithful Families” by Traci Smith, a book with dozens of ways for families to practice faith in their homes. Pick a time when you want to have a “gratitude café” with your household (whether that’s a bunch of folks or just you)—Saturday mornings or Sunday evenings are nice, but different times work for different people. Make a special beverage (coffee, hot cocoa, tea, or something else!) for each person, and spend about 15 minutes silently writing down things you’re grateful for. When the time is up, share with each other what you’re grateful for. Close with a brief prayer, something like: God, we are thankful for all of these blessings. Amen.

Practicing gratitude helps us see all that we have and reminds us that all our blessings come from God. It’s also been shown, time and time again, that regularly practicing gratitude makes us happier and even healthier.

Daily Devotionals

Each day in Advent, Cheryl or I will prepare a brief reflection to guide us all in our praying. During Advent, we sing some beautiful songs full of rich poetry and deep meaning. Each day, we’ll focus on just one verse from a hymn—some well-known, and some that are less familiar. We’ll pair it with a scripture passage, and provide some questions to reflect on throughout the day. Our hope is that this will allow us all to put aside a few minutes each day to be quiet, to dwell with God, to reflect on the beautiful poetry we sing each week, and to consider questions about how we are seeking God and preparing for the birth of Jesus.

We’ll email the devotionals out each morning and post them on Facebook (email allinchurch@gmail.com if you want the daily emails)! If you can’t access the internet, we’re happy to print out the week’s reflections for you—just call the office and ask, or talk to Lindsay or Cheryl after worship.

With you in the Love of Christ and the wonder of this season, Lindsay

 

September Message from Lindsay

Allin Church cares about growing faithful Christians who know that God loves them and who know that they have a purpose in this world.

 This year, our Sunday school programming for kids will continue to be designed with kids of all ages in mind. Every Sunday, our kids will have opportunities for play, art, hearing sacred stories from the Bible, music (sometimes singing, sometimes playing handbells), and prayer. Doing Sunday School like this is proven to deepen kids’ engagement with church, encourage them to see themselves as wise and beloved, and to help them develop a faith that will stick with them for their whole lives. We’ll continue to have a nursery for our youngest ones, youth group for our middle and high schoolers, and opportunities for adults to grow in their faith.

Is there something this church could be doing that we aren’t yet? Would it help your family if we had Sunday school at a different time (a Sunday afternoon? A Wednesday evening? Anything is possible!) Would having times where parents can do some learning/discussion while kids do their own thing be helpful? What about a midweek dinner? Monthly parties? What can this church be doing to nurture your family’s faith all week long? Lindsay would love to hear from you, any time (lindsayruthpopper@gmail.com or on her cell at 423-863-8251).

Because having people of all ages engaged in worship is what makes us a strong community, we’ll have more intergenerational services throughout the year. During these services, the kids will help tell the scripture story, lead the prayers, and share other gifts of theirs.

It’s so important to the health of our community that people of all ages come to these services, so our young people and our adults can build relationships and learn to understand and respect each other.

 Intergenerational Service Dates:

  • September 30
  • November 4
  • December 16 (Christmas Pageant!)
  • January 13
  • ….more in the spring!

Mark your calendars!

With you in God’s love,     Lindsay

A Summer Message from Our Minister of Christian Education

Where do we find peace in the midst of this heart-wrenching, chaotic, distressing, wildly unpeaceful world? How can we create—how can we embody—peace?

It should go without saying that I don’t have any clear answers. I do know this: that wondering about these questions together is one of the most important things we can do as a church right now.

In light of what’s happening in the world around us—in our neighborhoods and around the globe—who is God calling us to be? In this time where the government is creating special detention facilities for babies and toddlers, in this time when we’re worried about trade wars and nuclear wars, who is God calling us to be?

This is what we’re diving into this summer at our riverside Faith Conversations on Thursday evenings: how to be people of peace in this place and in this time. We’re talking about the big questions, and also talking about small, daily ways of tending to our own selves and our own families and our own spirits. All of this is part of what God is calling us to do.

When I was in seminary, I took a class called Trauma and Theology, and our professor invited another trauma theologian, Wendy Farley, to speak to our class. Dr. Farley studied the ways that the trauma in the world around us influences our theology, and explored how our theology must change in light of what we see and know and experience. Her sister is a pastor who also ministers to people who are incarcerated, and at the time when Dr. Farley was speaking to our class, her sister was preparing to accompany someone as he was executed by the state. “How do we stay present to something this horrible? How do we allow ourselves to witness horrors like this without it breaking us?” Dr. Farley posed the question to the class, and then she answered it for us. “It’s about calibration. The extent to which we open ourselves up to the terror in the world around us, the extent to which we open ourselves up to sadness and brokenness—we need to open ourselves also to the joy and the beauty in the world. Not because that beauty will “cancel out” the pain and the suffering—but because we can only bear the full depths of awfulness if we’re also open to the full depths of joy. The deeper we go, the more we’ll realize that beauty, and love, and goodness, and peace, are actually deeper and more lasting than the brokenness of the world.

That’s why we sit by the riverside to have these talks in the summer. Because it’s beautiful. Because we need to spend an hour each week seeing turtles sunning themselves on logs and seeing baby geese paddle around in the shallows. Because sometimes a heron flies by. Because God made this world and called it good.

 

It’s also part of why it’s so important—in the summer and year round—to do things like go to the beach, travel across the world to see our family, stay out late on the deck grilling food for people we love. We need to keep our hearts wide open to the beauty in the world, because goodness knows we’re keeping our hearts open to the horror and the pain in the world.

With you in the Love,

Lindsay

Join us here every Thursday evening from 6-7pm for Faith Conversations on “Being People of Peace.” Bring your own chair, if you have one!  Contact the office for more details at 781-326-5050 or allinchurch@gmail.com

A June Message from our Minister of Christian Education

On Sunday, May 20th,  we confirmed 7 young people into the faith and family of Jesus Christ! Confirmation is the rite by which young people choose this faith as their own. After being baptized as infants or children, they have the chance to learn deeply about Christianity (and other religions!) and make a mature, informed, personal decision to commit to this faith.

It was a gift and a joy to work with each of these people. The fact that they wanted to commit themselves to us—and to let us commit ourselves to them—is a beautiful thing, something to be celebrated, and a sign of the health of our church. We are nurturing faith in young people, and they in turn are teaching us and making our community richer and better.

The confirmation liturgy involves the confirmands affirming the baptismal vows. We used our older set of baptismal vows—the ones closer to the vows their parents would have made over them (the baptismal views we use now were written by Pastor Cheryl and I, and are a little bit different). The confirmands made a few changes to them, too—they wanted to highlight the joy of living a Christian life, and wanted to commit to loving and caring for people of different faiths.

Confirmation isn’t just a chance for these seven to commit themselves—it’s also a chance for each of us to remember what it is we believe, why it is we’re here, and what we promise to do as Christians. Will you look over these vows, and take a moment to recommit yourself to this faith of ours?

Siblings in Christ, do you affirm your faith in God as known in Jesus Christ, and as God comes to us today through the power of the Holy Spirit?

Do you promise to participate in the life and mission of this family of God’s people, sharing in the worship of God and joining in the work of this congregation and the wider church as it seeks to serve the community and the world in faithfulness to Christ?

Do you accept the joy and challenge of living a Christian life, using your individual gifts to grow and to serve in the spirit of Jesus Christ?

Do you promise to resist oppression and evil, to show love, justice and mercy, and to witness to the work and word of Jesus Christ as best you are able?

Do you promise to choose mercy rather than judgment, and  to respect and love those who are different from you, and to live as neighbors with people of other faith and no faith?

Do you intend to continue your search for faith, for meaning, and for truth in your life?

I also prayed blessings for each of them—personalized blessings that asked the Spirit to come into their lives and use their particular gifts and personalities. If you want a blessing of your very own, I would be so honored to bless you—just send me an email or give me a call or find me after church. I mean it!

With you in Christ’s love,

Lindsay

May’s Message

We are a church of people who learn and who grow in our faith. Sometimes that happens within our building‘s four walls, but more often it happens outside of them: during a prayer group in Pastor Cheryl‘s backyard, in community discussions about racism and about how to care for the Puerto Rican evacuees in Dedham, in Bible study at the coffee shop. Each of those things—and many more!—help us to grow closer to God and to our neighbors.

Last month, a group of us from Allin Church went to beautiful Wilbraham, MA, to learn and grow in our faith with other people from the United Church of Christ (our denomination). Twice a year, an event called ―Super Saturday‖ draws hundreds of people for a day of worship and workshops that are led by lay people, ministers, and leaders in our denomination.

Judy Raymond, Joanne Dickey, Douglas Vooys, Paul Romary, Doug Crandall, Kevin Mawe, and I all went. I asked some of them to write up notes about the workshops they went to so that they can share some of their wisdom with the church. We‘ll see what they learned enriching our church as they serve on committees, do work in the community, and plan and lead worship here at church.

From Joanne Dickey…

“The first workshop I attended was „Church Revitalization by Returning to the Basics of our Faith.‟ The presented explain that we‟re designed to live in community. The church should love people, serve the community and take part in every community event. Reaching out to the community, investing in people, mentoring, talking with people is a way to grow the church. He called this growing disciples.

“The second class I attended was called “Leading with Core Values”. This class focuses on the “why” – the theory is people don‟t care what you do; they care about why you do it. The suggestion is that the church would need to spend some time thinking about what their cores values are… This is a difficult assignment. Do you value “Justice” more than “Community”? This is a pretty good exercise and it might be good for our church to consider doing it.” Talk to Joanne to learn about community engagement and how we can identify our church‘s core values, as we all seek to grow!

 

From Doug Crandall…

“I attended a workshop called „How to Engage Your Congregation in the Moral Challenge of Climate Change.‟ Why is this important? Because this world is God‟s creation and in the seven generations of human existence we have managed to wreck it. One of the primary ways we can address climate change is to start talking about it. 75% of the population believes in climate change but most do not want to talk about it. There are many ways churches can be engaged in discussions about climate change.” Talk to Doug to learn more about these approaches he learned!

From Judy Raymond and Doug Crandall…

Together, we participated in a discussion on‟ Alternative Approaches and Sources for Funding.‟ The workshop discussed how to inspire generosity both from within your church and from the outside. All churches need a clear vision and mission statement to answer the question: Why should I support your church? One thing we can do to inspire more giving is to prepare a narrative that tells a story of who we are, what we value, and how we intend to make a difference.” Talk to Judy to learn more about how to be more creative about our stewardship!

Folks also learned about being a church treasurer, how to use social media to market our church, what it looks like for us to become even more open and affirming, and more! Consider joining us when we go on October 20th in Framingham!

With you in the Love,

Lindsay

March 2018

Lent is a time for drawing closer to God. It is a time for quieting all the voices around us and within us so that we can hear the still, small voice of God speaking to us. It’s a time when we put away some habits (have you given up chocolate or meat for Lent, or perhaps given up on ceaselessly scrolling through social media?) and when we take on new habits (perhaps praying more consistently, or sitting down every night for dinner with our families, or reading a certain book). At Allin Church, we’re here to support each other in this work of drawing closer to God.

 

The kids have taken on some new practices in Sunday school: each week, we’re walking the big canvas labyrinth. It’s a way for us to slow down, and the kids have told me it’s helping them listen to God more. As we walk the labyrinth, we’ve thought about our sins and mess-ups, and asked God to remind us of God’s love for us. We’ve also walked the labyrinth and asked God to show us how to follow Jesus better. Friends, we should all be in awe of our kids: they are wise and faithful, and they are eager to learn more about God.

 

We’ve also taken on the practice of lighting candles as we pray at the end of Sunday school. The candles are beautiful and a little bit dangerous, so it reminds us that prayer is a lovely and risky and important thing. Our kids are praying for their classmates, for their own selves, for the disadvantaged, and for God’s peace to come into this world. I’m grateful for the light we see in our young ones. If you want to follow their lead, you can light candles of your own at home—you’ll find it’s a different and lovely way to pray.

 

We’re supporting the adults in their Lenten practices by offering a Bible-and-book study. We’re reading and praying through the Gospel of Mark, and reading through Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited. We do this because we long to know Jesus better. We study how he spoke to the disinherited ones of his time—the outcasts and the sinners and the poor people—and we hope that this shows us how we ought to live in our world, today.

 

You are so welcome to join us: Cheryl leads discussion on Tuesday mornings at Allin Church at 9:15-10:15am, and I lead the discussion on Thursday evenings at Stratford Street United Church at 7-8pm; folks from both churches come to both meetings. If you can’t commit to joining the group, would you consider reading and praying the season’s gospel passages with us? We’re using gospel contemplation as a type of “holy reading” an imaginative way to engage with Bible stories that help us to “live in to” the stories, and come to know Jesus in a deeper way. Here’s how to do it:

 

  1. Select a passage from one of the Gospels.
  2. Recall what you are doing in engaging with the Word of God and what one desires from this encounter. God is present and because God is present one relies on God.
  3. Read the Gospel passage twice so that the story and the details of the story become familiar.
  4. Close your eyes and reconstruct the scene in your imagination. See what is going on and watch the people in the scene. What does Jesus look like? How do the others react to him? What are the people saying to one another? What emotions fill their words? Is Jesus touching someone? As you enter into the scene, sometimes there is the desire to be there. So, you can place yourself in the scene, perhaps as an observer, as one lining up for healing, or as one helping others to Jesus.
  5. Some people’s imaginations are very active so they construct a movie-like scenario with a Gospel passage. Others will enter the scene with verbal imagination, reflecting on the scene and mulling over the actions. Vividness is not a criteria for the effectiveness of this kind of prayer. Engagement is and the result is a more interior knowledge of Jesus.
  6. As you finish this time of prayer, you should take a moment to speak person to person with Christ saying what comes from the heart.

Our readings, if you want to follow along with the group and with the worship:

Week of February 25—March 3: Mark 1:16-20

March 4—March 10: Mark 5:1-20

March 11—March 17: Mark 7:1-15

March 18—March 24: Mark 11:15-19

March 24—March 31: Mark 11:1-4