A time & place set apart for renewal;
space to engage in rhythmic practice of Sabbath, retreat and prayer.
Guided – led by gifted Pastors and Spiritual Directors; retreats are guided by a short teaching time and accompanied by prayer exercises to provide structure for guided prayer and reflection.
Rhythmic – “Praying the Jesus Way”; a monthly, rhythmic incorporation of Sabbath-keeping through spiritual retreat and prayer.
Accessible – Hosted at locations through-out the Puget Sound.
Affordable – $20, coffee & tea provided.
9AM to Noon – SECOND SATURDAY EVERY MONTH
August 9, 2014 Madrona Presbyterian Church, Seattle
“Praying with Hope – Claiming our True Identity”, with Rev. Denise Easter
In our daily lives we are confronted with the realities of living in a broken world. We are battered by troubles of all kinds. We experience hardship, pain, and even suffering. In our human weakness we may be tempted to dwell in discouragement and hopelessness. The apostle Peter assures all of us through his letter to the “exiles” (I Peter) that, “In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” How did a simple fisherman come to know such hope? We will reflect on the encouraging verses of I Peter 1:1-9 along with some of the amazing encounters Peter had with Jesus. This same grace and transforming work of the Holy Spirit continues to change our lives today bringing hope in the midst of our hardships and disappointments.
September 13, 2014 Madrona Presbyterian Church, Seattle
“Praying when Life seems Uncertain”, with Gretchen Covey, MA
All of us face times of uncertainty. Health issues, family crises, broken relationships, unemployment, and world calamities can cause despair and disillusionment. How do we remain hopeful in the midst of hardship and uncertainty? Resting in the arms of Jesus. He is our only certainty. Our daily prayer practices keep us focused on God who loves us completely and understands our suffering. He give us hope, mercy and peace. Join us as we lift our burdens to God. Through music, scripture meditation, silence and sharing together God will encourage our hearts. We can experience what Paul meant when he said, “And the peace of God, which surpasses understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
October 11, 2014 Edmonds Presbyterian Church, Edmonds
“Praying Trough a Dark Night of the Soul”, with Rev. Dr. Robert Slater
From the very beginning God has guided his covenant people through the desert to Promised Land and, centuries later, out of Exile back to their homeland. During the journey of Christian faith there may be seasons when the guiding light of our Creator perplexingly seems extinguished. Paul writes about this in his Corinthian correspondence and even Jesus appears to have emotionally experienced this in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross. Two 16th century spiritual masters of the Church…Theresa of Avila and John of the Cross also have written with deep insight about this “dark night of the soul.” During our retreat they will be our companions as well as Paul and Jesus to guide our praying during and through this transforming experience.
November 8, 2014 Edmonds Presbyterian Church, Edmonds
Facilitator, Rev. Dr. Paul Strawn
December 13, 2014
No SSSP – Please Join us for our 2014 Advent Prayer Retreat
To register: email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Praying discernment in a decision making group frankly had never occurred to me. Most likely because it didn’t really seem possible. This is not the first time I have been in a workshop concerning prayerful discernment – however it is the first time I have been in a focused retreat on group discernment. The clarity and the practical processes outlined in your presentation and documents are so valuable both for reference and guidance; personal and for the Body of Christ.” ~ Discernment Workshop Participant
As followers of Jesus, we live, work, and minister in a complex and rapidly changing culture. The church is reforming and recalibrating to minister more effectively in this context. As we face these challenges we need spiritual renewal and to intentionally seek God’s way forward through our practice of communal discernment.
We want to hear God speak into our challenges and our opportunities. We want to learn more about how to do that. At this Half-Day Workshop you will learn and begin to “practice” a process of communal discernment.
By the end of our time you will learn how to:
♦ Awaken your soul to discern the presence and work of the Spirit of Christ.
♦ Identify the Charism/Continuity of the Spirit’s presence and work in your community through Appreciative Inquiry.
♦ Frame Your Question for Discernment – the matter you are putting before the Lord.
♦ Listen for the Voice of Jesus within yourself (the role of silence in listening).
♦ Listen for the Voice of Jesus while listening to others (double listening/holy indifference).
♦ Leave knowing the “next steps” in your own communal discernment process.
REGISTER NOW! Interactive Registration Form (pdf)
This workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at North Creek Presbyterian Church.
Registration (includes materials, drinks & snacks) | Early-Bird (before Oct. 1), $35, General $50
You may register by filling out and returning the registration form, or by emailing directly at email@example.com.
Finding God in the Pain and Messiness of Life
Being committed to follow the triune God does not make us immune from experiences of pain and messiness in our lives or the lives of those who are close to us. It is at those times that our faith is tested most heavily as we wonder why we are hurting, why it feels like God is hiding, and why our church community is so unhelpful. During this day together we will explore these themes and grapple with the question of whether our life in, and with God, is enhanced by the presence of pain and messiness.
President and Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
B.Sc. (University of Toronto), M.A. (York University), M.T.S. (Conrad Grebel College), Ph.D. (York University), D.D. (Hon.) Trinity Western University
Rod Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland and immigrated as a child to Canada with his parents. He has served as President of Regent College since 2000. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist, Rod pursued theological training after the completion of his doctoral work. He has been involved in the field of counseling and consulting for over 30 years and held various positions at Tyndale College and Seminary in Toronto. He held part-time staff positions in two churches and was the full-time teaching pastor of a growing church near Toronto, Canada. In 2004, Rod received an honorary doctorate from Trinity Western University in recognition of his gifts of leadership and acuity of vision. He is the author of Counseling and Community and How Do I Help a Hurting Friend?—both award-winning books—and the co-author of Exploring Your Anger and Helping Angry People. How Do I Help a Hurting Friend? has been translated into Chinese and German. He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife, Bev.
What are the Spiritual Exercises?
The Spiritual Exercises are an invitation to renew and deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer and meditation on Scripture. The Exercises are not intellectual exercises – teaching a set of theological propositions, but rather a series of prayerful meditations on Scripture that help us to clarify and deepen our devotion to Jesus Christ.
What does the commitment look like?
1. We meet one Saturday a month from January to May.
2. A commitment to a daily time of prayer. You are provided with guided prayer exercises to aide you in your daily times of meditation and prayer.
Location: St Mary on-the-Lake Peace & Spirituality Center, Bellevue
Cost: (includes retreat materials and snacks). $50 deposit due at time of registration, 1/2 of balance on first day of retreat, final payment in March. Payment plans & Scholarships available upon request.
Early-Bird (Register before January 1, 2105), $325
General Registration, $375
Married Couple, $600
Retreat Alumni, $275
*NPSP Clergy may apply to COM for scholarship funds.
Dates of January to May 2015 5-Month Guided Prayer Retreat:
Saturday, January 24, 2015 – 9AM to 3:30PM *lunch provided
Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 9AM to 1PM
Saturday, March 28, 2015 – 9AM to 1PM
Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 9AM to 1PM
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 9AM to 1PM
Optional Wrap-up Retreat: Saturday, June 27, 2015 – 9AM to 2PM | $50 -
Click here for Downloadable 5-Month Registration form (pdf)
GROUP SPIRITUAL DIRECTION.
Group spiritual direction is a gathering of the Spiritual Exercises Retreat participants to assist one another in an ongoing awareness of God in all of life. Our intention is to assist one another in our deepening awareness of God as we journey through the Spiritual Exercises Retreat. Participants seek support for their responsiveness to God and agree to support others in that same responsiveness. Three conditions are essential to the life of the direction group. Members agree to:
- commit themselves to an honest relationship with God
- participate in the group process through prayerful listening and responding
- to open their spiritual journeys for consideration by others
The depth of sharing necessary in group spiritual direction is grounded in a common trust of God’s desire for each participant individually as well as the group as a whole.
When asked by a friend how she prayed for her, a thirteenth-century anchoress, Julian of Norwich responded “I look at God, I look at you, and I keep on looking at God.” Put simply, the group’s challenge is to keep on looking at God for each person in the group.
2015 Ignatian Spiritual Direction Group, facilitated by Rev. Dr. Robert Slater. Tentative dates: February 7, 2015; March 14, 2015; April 11, 2015; May 16, 2015. Meetings will be held at the RMNW offices and be approximately 1 hour in length. For maximum effectiveness, group size is limited to 8 participants. There will be a charge of $25 per session.
INDIVIDUAL SPIRITUAL DIRECTION appointments will also be available with Rev. Denise Easter, Rev. Dianna Kunce, Rev. Dr. Robert Slater or Rev. Dr. Paul Strawn.