Last week we gathered
As United Methodists,
As clergy and lay,
As people with different opinions
On the politics of the day,
And we considered “God’s welcome.”
We listened and laughed,
Prayed and praised,
Wondered and worshiped,
Sat in silence together.
We welcomed guests
Our words translated
From English to Spanish,
From Spanish to English.
We communicated with smiles,
We broke bread together
Around tables in the dining hall
And in the beauty of St. Francis Chapel.
One loaf, one cup, one body of Christ.
We talked and listened and wrestled
About difficult things.
That often leave us divided, broken.
Yet we remained one people
Even in diversity.
Willing to admit
“I might be wrong.”
“You might be wrong.”
“It’s ok to think or believe differently.”
We are still one body,
Welcomed with love
Into the heart of God.
Reflections on a rich week at a 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation. The topic, “God’s Welcome.” The location, Camp McDowell, the camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. The Faculty: Amy Oden and Kee Sloan. We gathered and were richly blessed.
Join me in May at a retreat — a 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation — on the topic of the Psalms. I’ll be serving as the worship leader. For more information or to register, click here.
Psalms for Life: Praying Alone and Praying Together.
May 4-9, 2015
Camp Sumatanga, Alabama
Faculty: Roberta Bondi and Don Saliers
Roberta will focus on the many ways the Psalms can be used as a tool for Christian formation and prayer. For centuries, people have turned to the Psalms for solace, guidance, renewal, celebration and so much more. The 150 Psalms reflect a wide range of experience and expression. Roberta will guide the participants into a greater understanding of the Psalms and how to use the prayerbook of our forbearers to deepen our prayer life and our walk with God.
Don will focus on the use of the Psalms in corporate settings including worship and small groups. The Psalms are both personal expression and communal formation; Don’s lectures and worship leadership will explore this relationship in a number of ways, and invite us to bring our own lives and communities of care and ministry to the Psalms throughout the week.
An Amazing Opportunity!
I can’t say how awesome it will be! With Roberta and Don teaching us in the model of the Academy for Spiritual Formation. Incredible lectures, inspiring worship, times of silence and times of fellowship. All in a beautiful setting! I hope you will consider joining us for this amazing week!
For more information or to register, click here.
Christ before us.
Christ behind us.
Christ beside us.
Christ within us.
O Christ be in this place.
Find more of my prayers in my book Christ Beside Me, Christ Before Me: Celtic Blessings.
The Pilgrim’s Aiding
By Mary McDonald
God be with you in every pass,
Jesus be with you on every hill,
Spirit be with you on every stream,
Headland and ridge and lawn;
Each sea and land, each moor and meadow,
Each lying down, each rising up.
In the trough of the waves, on the crest of the billows.
Each step of the journey you go.
From Carmina Gadelica by Alexander Carmichael, Vol. 3, p. 195.