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An Experiential Group Meditation on Baptism

We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.

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Activity for Lent: Create a Multi-Room “Labyrinth”

You are welcome here. This is your space. This is a safe space. A space to remind yourself who you are and why you're here. A space to wind and unwind; to retreat and to advance; to withdraw and to move out refreshed. A space to be apart from other people and yet to be aware that you are sharing the space with them, that they are walking alongside you; that their journeys touch yours.

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Lent for Practical Christians

If we are going to be present to Jesus' real presence - and not just virtually present - we need to find practices for "being there," living life as an ongoing invitation from God. Lent can be a great help to retrieve, recover, redeem what is most important to us, yet may have gotten lost along the way.

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Telling Time: Slowing Down in Advent

We begin the season of Advent November 27th this year. The first Sunday of Advent is also the first Sunday of a new church year. It marks the end of the old Church year and the beginning of the new. The word advent comes from a Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival.” In Advent we are waiting for the coming of the birth of Christ. In our own lives, Advent can be a special time of learning to wait and slow down.

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Book Review: Awakening the Creative Spirit

As they move on to specific art disciplines, they provide suggestions and exercises intended to take advantage of the unique spiritual perspectives of the individual art forms. Each artistic discipline is rich with ideas that can be used in either group or individual settings. And if that isn’t enough to stir your soul, there are chapters devoted to specific spiritual needs such as periods of grieving, transition, or the cycles of life.

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At Home Devotions for Christmas Season

Relationships and devotions are the most important contributors to a sustained faith life for teenagers. Invite your teen to try these devotions, or do them together as a family, during the twelve days of Christmas. The devotions lead to the Day of Epiphany when the magi arrive at the manger to adore the baby Jesus and offer him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

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Advent Reflection: Unplugging the Fallacy of Composition

We’d all benefit from waiting. We would have more time to engage life more deeply, to listen to our beloved more closely, and to come to know ourselves and God. I suspect that many of us realize that. So, how does impatience emerge if it makes us worse off? Economists have a word for behavior that on the individual level makes sense, but ceases to do so when everyone does it. It’s called the "fallacy of composition".

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