Endless Desire: The Christian Mystics and the Great Work of Love

Throughout the centuries, Christian mystics have encouraged direct, unmediated unity with God through the practices of surrender, silence and often solitude.  Behind them, is a changed church and spiritual practices that invive moder people into a direct encounter with God.  These encounters empower serving love that changes the world. In this sermon series, we will encounter mystical union with God in the practice of the mystics.

January 5        Ephesians 6:10-19                     Paul of Thebes and the power of perpetual prayer

January 12      Isaiah 42:5-9                             Hildegard of Bingen and the green agenda

January 19      2 Corinthians 1:3-7                    St. Teresa of Avila and the way of suffering

January 26      Mark 9:38-41                              Eugene Harry and a way of healing 

 

On Being the Beloved

In three of the gospel versions of Jesus being baptized by his cousin John in the Jordan river, there is a vision of a dove descending from heaven, with a voice saying "This is my son, the beloved, with whom I'm well pleased."  But long before those words were spoken, in the early days of the Christian movement, the apostle Paul wrote extensively about how Christians are also beloved children of God through a spirit of adoption.  This series digs into how we are the beloved even in those times when it feels like we are anything but.  We'll explore Paul's writing in the letter to the Romans as we do.

Sunday, February 2                Romans 1:1-7             What is the beloved          This Sunday is VST Sunday, when we celebrate the gift of seminary.  Our guest preacher will be first year student Moriah Anderson.

Sunday,   February 9              Romans 8:12-17          When I don't believe I am            Eric Hamlyn will preside and preach

Sunday, February 16              Romans 8:18-28          When I'm afraid that I might be     This Sunday, we welcome another VST Student and Guest Host of Friday Night Live, Andria Irwin as our guest preacher

Sunday, February 23             Romans 9:31-39           When the Miracle is Me               Eric Hamlyn will preach and preside over the celebration of Holy Communion

 

When you want to take a deeper dive into the texts, join the Waves Study Group Saturday mornings from 9 - 10 am in the Sacred Space.  Here no question is unwelcome.  Over coffee and lively conversation, the Sunday's scripture reading will be explored in community.