A time, place & space set apart for renewal; allowing you to engage in rhythmic practice of Sabbath, retreat and prayer.
Christ-centered – every retreat will be anchored in Scripture to facilitate transforming encounters through prayer with Jesus.
Guided – led by gifted Pastors and Spiritual Directors; retreats will be 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 Every Month
December 14, 2013 – No SSSP. Please join us instead for “The Breath that Changed the World”
Advent Retreat, Peace & Spirituality Center, Bellevue; Facilitator, Rev. Dr. Paul Strawn
SSSP Resumes, January 11, 2014
Calvin Presbyterian Church; Facilitator, Rev. Kimberly Crispeno
February 8, 2014
University Presbyterian Church, Seattle; Facilitators, Rev. Denise Easter & Rev. Dianna Kunce
March 8, 2014
University Presbyterian Church, Seattle; Facilitators, Rev. Denise Easer & Rev. Dianna Kunce
April 12, 2014
Inglewood Presbyterian Church, Kirkland: Facilitator, Gretchen Covey, Spiritual Director
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
Location TBD; Facilitator TBD
November 8, 2014
Location TBD; Facilitator, Rev. Dr. Paul Strawn
December 13, 2014
No SSSP – Please Join us for our 2014 Advent Prayer Reteat
To register: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Come January one might find oneself asking, “What just happened?” When The Holidays just “happen” to us, we tend to miss much of what God means for us to experience and enjoy in this holy season. When we begin to understand that Advent, the fleshed-out coming of the Son of God into the world, actually HAPPENED because of God’s love for the world, everything is different.
You are invited to join RMNW leaders, Rev. Denise Easter and Rev. Dr. Paul Strawn at the Center for Peace and Spirituality in Bellevue for this Advent Happening. Our four-hour prayer retreat will bring us into contact with Jesus’ words about the vine and the branches (John 15) in the context of Advent and the birth of Jesus.
We hold this retreat in expectancy that the same Holy Spirit who visited Bethlehem with “The Breath that Changed the World” will also break into our holiday lives and routines. And with the breath of God’s holy presence our holiday season will be transformed into God’s divine Happening.
Please register . . . and let God breath real life into your Advent and Christmas.
To register: Download and fill out the Interactive Registration Form (pdf). Mail with $50 registration fee to Renewal Ministries Northwest, PO Box 458, Mukilteo WA 98275.
Daily Advent Devotions & Prayer for Individuals, Small Groups and Congregations
“The Breath that Changed the World: An Advent Devotional Guide” is intended to be a blessing to you and/or your church or fellowship in any way you may choose to use it. Among the possibilities will be:
Basis for launching the Renewal Ministries Northwest Advent Retreat, Dec. 14, 2013 (reservations required). Consider supplementing your Advent study by attending this retreat.
Individual prayer, study and reflection
Family Advent Devotional time
Small Group study and sharing
Teaching tool for your Sunday School or Adult Education class
Personal Spiritual Growth
You will find devotional material for each of the four weeks of Advent organized around a theme for that week. There will be background material, suggestions for reading and studying key texts, prayer exercises, questions for reflection and daily readings that supplement the main theme. In addition to the four weeks of Advent you will also find devotional material for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
This guide is available to download and duplicate for a suggested donation. Those using this material for group study or church-wide ministry are asked to make a pro-rated contribution to Renewal Ministries Northwest based on the number of copies that will be made for distribution. This donation is so that we may continue to offer quality resources. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Small Group Use
In addition we have included questions to be used in small groups if you so choose. The timing for the exercises will need to be adjusted depending upon the day of the week your small group meets. Small groups will benefit most when participants do the individual prayer and meditation before the group meets as a whole. We recommend that a facilitator be selected to lead your group each week.
The Breath that Changed the World
An Advent Devotional Guide
Daily Advent Devotions & Prayers for Individuals, Small Groups and Congregations
Themes for Each Week of Advent
Jesus Christ was present in Creation and still breathes life into all that exists.
Advent Week 2: Breath of Surrender
Mary, the mother of Jesus is our perfect example of willing obedience.
Advent Week 3: Breath of Love
Joseph, often forgotten in the nativity narrative, offers a very human model of selfless love.
Advent Week 4: Breath of Expectancy
The Shepherds, caught in fear, wonder and glory, discover the difference between expectation and expectancy.
Christmas Eve: Breath of Heaven
Tonight we experience the very breath of the Holy Spirit.
Christmas Day: Breath of Life
This day of celebration marks the beginning of a new way of breathing for us.
Download Complimentary Preview Week One – “The Breath of Creation”
To request the full devotional, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggested Donation |$10.
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 Discount (before January 1) $300
Regular Registration $350
Married Couple $550
Retreat Alumni $250
*NPSP Clergy may apply to COM for scholarship funds.
Dates of 2014 5-Month Retreat:
Saturday January 25, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (includes lunch)
Saturday February 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday March 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday April 26, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday May 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Click here for Downloadable 5-Month Registration form (pdf)
New this year! 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 $25 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.