A Summer in the Desert


Join us this Sunday as we begin a season of exploration and worship that draws us to the desert with its varied landscapes, harsh conditions, hidden life, and stunning beauty. 

In the third, fourth, and fifth centuries, many Christian men and women went into the desert to live.  Their reasons were many.  The growing pangs of shaping a theology and spiritual practice and the institutionalization of the church led many to want to escape to a place where they could live a Christian ethic consistent with their beliefs.  They sought a place where they could examine and explore their inner lives and remove as many obstacles to communion with God as possible.  We know some of these early Christian monastics as the Desert Mothers and Fathers, the Ammas and Abbas.  Their practices, stories, writings, and wisdom offer us insight as we try to live as followers of Jesus in a world that challenges what we know of the way of Love that he taught and lived. 

One practice of these early shapers of our faith was the discipline of memorizing scripture, especially the Psalms, which they believed to be a microcosm of scripture.  As they went about their daily work, they recited the Psalms, beginning at Psalm 1 and going all the way through Psalm 150.  When they came to the end, they started again. 

We won’t try to memorize all of the Psalms this summer, but as part of our worship we will read, pray, and sing several psalms together in hopes that the words will seep into our memories and draw us deeper into awareness of the Holy in our lives.  We invite you to the spiritual practice of daily reading, recitation, and memorizing scripture through this season beginning this week with Psalm 40.  In worship we’ll be using the New Revised Standard Version of the scriptures for our reading and singing these parts of our sacred texts. 

Weekly Schedule

Sunday School   9:30 a.m.
Sunday Worship Service   10:30 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal Wednesdays   5:15 p.m.
Wednesday Night Dinner   5:45 p.m.*
Wednesday Night Programs   6:45 p.m.

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