40-Day Journaling Journey Group

As one year ends and a new one begins, it brings with it the possibility of beginning or renewing spiritual practices in our lives. Journaling is one practice that can open doorways to our heart and life helping us to recognize God's presence with us. Most people practice journaling alone. What if you had the opportunity to join with others who also who were journaling about the same thing, helping to give focus as well as learn together?

Kathleen Norris is writer that has articulated an accessible approach to relationship with God through Benedictine spirituality. She is beautiful poet and story teller, giving voice to the way of St. Benedict. This way has influenced Abbey Way so when choosing a resource to help shape our experience The 40-Day Journey with Kathleen Norris edited by Kathryn Haueisen (ISBN 978-0-8066-8040-8) seemed a good choice. 

There are a couple ways you can participate. First and the most important is to get a copy of the book and begin the reading it and journaling on January 1st. The second is to join the conversation about your process each Monday evening from 7:00-8:00 in the Prayer Room at Elim. We will meet for six times beginning on January 8 and ending February 12. Please RSVP by December 27 to Pastor Jan if you are interested in joining the group.

Gathering Dates and Topics: January 8 (Review Journaling Days 1-8); January 15 (Review Journaling Days 9-15); January 22 (Review Journaling Days 16-22); January 20 (Review Journaling Days 23-29); February 5 (Review Journaling Days 30-37); February 12 (Review Journaling Days 38-Journey's End)

You are invited to a healing service

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Note: Front door will be open from 6:40 to 7:05 PM .

Service will be broadcast on FaceTime LIVE through Abbey Way's Abbey Way-ers group page.

Advent Prayer

Response: Come to our longing, O Savior of our souls.

REPEAT: Come to our longing, O Savior of our souls.

 

Reader: God our Creator,

You have created us in your image

and have placed within us a longing so great

that we hardly dare own it.

Give us the courage

to dare to hunger for you with our whole being

so that in hungering for you,

we live for you

loving you in our every breath, thought and action.

Be our center O God.

 

Response: Come to our longing, O Savior of our souls.

REPEAT: Come to our longing, O Savior of our souls.

 

Reader: O Christ

You are the immense longing of God,

a longing which calls and embarrasses us

in its vulnerability and entirety,

a longing that delights and terrifies us in its desire for us.

In your longing, you have come and made your home among us.

Gather us into your home of love. Hold our scattered and conflicted hearts in your mercy.

Come and confront our poor love

with the humility and recklessness

of your self giving

so that we may abandon all that binds us, anointing you

with the fearless surrender of our lives.

Be our center O Christ.

 

Response: Come to our longing, O Savior of our souls.

REPEAT: Come to our longing, O Savior of our souls.

 

Reader: O Holy life giving Spirit.

You are the joy of Heaven that longs to fill us.

The might of God that longs to empower us.

The compassion of God that longs to restore us.

Come to our fears and our reluctance,

our apathy and our cowardice for you alone can bring life to

the deserts of our hearts.

You alone can bring song to the darkest night.

Be our center O Holy Spirit.

 

Response: Come to our longing, O Savior of our souls.

REPEAT: Come to our longing, O Savior of our souls.

 

http://sistersofthechurch.org/poetry-prayers/litany-for-advent

Adapted from the Community of the Sisters