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Lenten Prayer Guide

Letting God Love Us: A Lenten Guide to Prayer

Rev. David Rohrer

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The Lenten journey begins with a reminder of our great need and ends with the proclamation of what God has done to meet it.  On Ash Wednesday we hear: “You are dust and to dust you will return” and we are reminded of the limits of mortality and our utter dependence upon God.  On Easter Sunday we hear the proclamation “He is risen!” and are invited to take up the new life God is calling us to in Jesus Christ.

In our observation of the season of Lent we give ourselves the opportunity to replay the great drama of salvation and consider our place in that story.  We recognize our sin and our need for rescue.  We remember God’s offer of himself to us in love and respond in repentance and gratitude.  Lent affords us the opportunity to contemplate what it means to be a recipient of God’s love and then consider how we are going to respond.  It invites us to both explore our hunger and taste and see that the Lord is good.   It gives us the chance to once again consider the question of whether or not we are going to let God love us.

This Lenten guide to prayer is built around the theme of “Letting God Love Us.”

As we explore and pray through biblical texts from the Book of Hosea, the Gospels and the Psalms our goal is to hear and respond to God’s offer of love.  This is not a Bible study as much as it is an opportunity to listen to the voice of God in Scripture and consider our response.  Each week there will be a text from the prophet Hosea, a Gospel story that depicts Jesus’ way of encountering people, and a Psalm.

In addition to the weekly readings and questions for reflection, each day will be framed with two prayer exercises.  Evening Prayer consists of praying the Examen, and Morning Prayer revolves around the practice of Lectio Divina.

 

Click here to Download a Complimentary Week One Preview:

Letting God Love Us – A Lenten Guide to Prayer. Week One Preview

 

To Request Full Copy of the Lenten Prayer Guide, email renewalministries@live.com. The guide will be e-mailed, along with instructions for sending a $10 Suggested Donation.  Special pricing for small groups and congregations is also available.

Rev. David Rohrer is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.

Dave R IVP photo 1 (2)Dave Rohrer grew up in Southern California where he graduated from UCLA in 1979 and Fuller Theological Seminary in 1982. He and his wife, Mary Ann, were married in 1986 and they have two children Justin (26) and Laura 22). Dave was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1982 and has served four congregations since ordination. In 1994 the Rohrer family moved north to Seattle when Dave was called to be Pastor of Adult Ministries at University Presbyterian Church. In January 2013 Dave was installed as pastor of Emmanuel Presbyterian in Bothell. In addition to his role as pastor of Emmanuel Dave also serves with the PC (USA) as a Program Mentor in the Company of New Pastors. He is also currently serving as adjunct faculty at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in their Doctor of Ministry program. In February of 2012 InterVarsity Press released his first book The Sacred Wilderness of Pastoral Ministry: Preparing a People for the Presence of the Lord.

Starts: Mon. Feb 10, 2014
Ends: Sun. Apr 20, 2014

Facilitated by:

Cost:
$10 Suggested Donation

Spring Teaching Retreat for Pastors & Christian Leaders: Listening Together; Deciding Together

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TOGETHER IN WORSHIP & WORD – A DAY OF RENEWAL FOR PASTORS & CHRISTIAN LEADERS

One of the most pressing needs of the church in our day is that we foster, together, our capacity to decide well — together.  And more, to find a way to allow the process of prayer and discernment to inform the decisions we make.   This retreat will consider how the ancient principles of discernment can shape what it means to be the church today.   We will consider how diversity of opinion and perspective is essential to the process; and how a process of communal discernment can draw on the wisdom that emerges from critical reflection, hopeful realism and good analysis of our circumstances. Our approach, of course, assumes that God is with us in the process of choosing well, for the sake of the faith communities of which we are a part.

Equipping and Encouragement for Church Leaders: Staffs, Ministry Teams, Deacons and Elders!

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Gordon T. Smith

President and Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology

Ambrose University College & Seminary

 

 

Cost | Includes snacks, lunch and all materials

$25 Early-bird Registration (before April 1, 2014)

$35 General Registration

Click here for downloadable event details and registration: A Day of Renewal Registration.

Print and mail with payment to:  RMNW PO Box 458 Mukilteo WA  98275

Hotel Accommodations are available for out-of-town guests at Best Western Alderwood, Lynnwood. Mention “RMNW” for conference rate of $70/night. Call direct (425) 775-7600 to reserve.

 

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Fri. May 2, 2014 9:00am - 3:30pm

Facilitated by: Renewal Ministries Northwest

Location
North Creek Presbyterian Church

Phone:
425.743.2386

Address:
621 164th Street SE
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Cost:
$25 Early-Bird (before 4/1)

Second Saturday Sabbath Prayer

A time, place & space set apart for renewal;

allowing you to engage in rhythmic practice of Sabbath, retreat and prayer.

Christ-centered – every retreat is anchored in Scripture to facilitate transforming encountersSSSP Cross through prayer with Jesus.

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 – $15, coffee & tea provided.

 

9AM – Noon, SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH

May 10, 2014

Inglewood Presbyterian Church, Kirkland; Facilitator, Rev. Dr. Paul Strawn

June 14, 2014

North Creek Presbyterian Church, Mill Creek; Facilitators, Rev. Denise Easter & Rev. Dianna Kunce

July 12, 2014

North Creek Presbyterian Church, Mill Creek; Facilitator, Rev. David Rohrer

August 9, 2014

Madrona Presbyterian Church, Seattle; Facilitators, Rev. Denise Easter & Rev. Dianna Kunce

September 13, 2014

Madrona Presbyterian Church, Seattle; Facilitator, Gretchen Covey, Spiritual Director

October 11, 2014

Edmonds Presbyterian Church, Edmonds; Rev. Dr. Robert Slater

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 Reteat

 

To register: email renewalministries@live.com

Sat. May 10, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm

Facilitated by: Renewal Ministries Northwest

Location
Inglewood Presbyterian Church

Phone:
(425) 823-9334

Address:
7718 NE 141st St
Kirkland, 98034

Cost:
$15

Spring Prayer Retreat – Finding Your Rhythm: Developing Your Own Way of Life

What is a rhythm of life?

Why should we consider having one of our own?

How do we create our own?

A personal Rule, Way or Rhythm of Life, hones our attention and intention so that we can live fully and well in this world, choosing the focus of our lives rather than just hoping our lives will communicate what we want.

This all-day retreat day will offer a rhythm of instruction, quiet reflection and prayer. By the end of the day, you will at least have a beginning to your own rule of life, with understanding of how to complete it.

Please bring a Bible and a journal.  All other materials will be provided.

. . . it takes the Rule and the Common Life to untie all the knots of worry and trouble and unquiet that gather in your head when you are living on your own.” ~ Thomas Merton

 

Facilitated by Rev. Kimberly Crispeno

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Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Kimberly Crispeno serves as Parish Associate at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline, WA.  Prior roles have been as Interim Associate Pastor at Calvin and as Chaplain of Small Group Ministry at Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Hopewell, NJ.  A 1995 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Kimberly enjoyed her time as a chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey and working with singles ministry at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.

Kimberly comes from a family full of ministers—at last count—eleven.  She feels blessed to build on this strong heritage while still bringing her own unique stamp to bear on ministry.  She sees her vocation as multi-faceted—that of mother, pastor, and artist.  As the mother of three children, Kelsey (18), Cameron (14) and Colby (12), Kimberly constantly sees how her vocation as a mother informs her call to ministry.  Just as in parenting, she notes that in spirituality one cannot hurry growth, but rather cultivate and amend the soil, plant the seeds, and then watch in wonder as God brings about transformation and growth.  As a mother and a pastor, Kimberly is used to the juggling acts we all perform and desires to help others find a rhythm and a balance and to find new ways to see how God speaks, acts and moves in our busy, ordinary lives.

Living in Edmonds, WA with her realtor husband, Carmen, and their children, Kimberly is always open to those gifts of time where she can squeeze in some writing time or engage in some other creative act.  She loves to garden, cook, dabble in the visual arts, read, visit thrift and antique stores, and spend time nurturing her relationships with family and friends.

Click here for downloadable Interactive Registration Form (pdf). Print and mail with deposit or payment to:  RMNW   PO Box 458   Mukilteo WA  98275

Sat. Jun 7, 2014 9:00am - 3:00pm

Facilitated by: Rev. Kimberly Crispeno

Location
Calvin Presbyterian Church

Phone:
206-542-6181

Address:
18826 Third Avenue
Shoreline, WA 98177

Cost:
$50 includes materials, snacks & lunch

5-Month Guided Prayer Retreat

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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.

Facilitated by: Rev. Denise Easter, Rev. Dianna Kunce, Rev. Dr. Bob Slater

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 Discount (before January 1, 2105)

Regular Registration

Married Couple

Retreat Alumni

*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 4PM *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 t0 1PM

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.

Group meetings will be approximately 1 hour in length, and meet from 1-2pm at the Retreat Center following each Ignatian Retreat. For maximum effectiveness, group size is limited to 7 participants.  There will be an additional charge per session.

Rev. Dr. Robert Slater will facilitate the group direction.

INDIVIDUAL SPIRITUAL DIRECTION appointments will also be available with Rev. Denise Eater, Rev. Dianna Kunce, Rev. Dr. Robert Slater or Rev. Dr. Paul Strawn.

Sat. Jan 17, 2015 9:00am - 3:30pm

Facilitated by: Renewal Ministries Northwest

Location
Peace and Spirituality Center in Bellevue

Address:
1663 Killarney Way
Bellevue, WA 98009