A time & place set apart for renewal; space to engage in rhythmic practice of Sabbath, retreat and prayer.
Power to Change – Prayer that Transforms Our Lives
with Rev. Kimberly Crispeno
Every January, we are often full of our own programs and plans for change and transformation, but how does lasting change and transformation really occur? How might prayer play a significant transformative role in our lives? How does God bring about deep change in our hearts and lives? As we gather on this second Saturday for prayer, we will explore the transformative power of prayer and invite God in fresh ways into our lives to change us more into God’s likeness.
Saturday, January 10, 2015 | 9AM to Noon | $40 includes snacks & materials
Print a Registration Form Interactive Registration Form (pdf).
Mail with payment to RMNW PO Box 458, Mukilteo WA 98275
Ash Wednesday “Selah” Service with Jeff Johnson
The word “Selah” is found inserted throughout the Psalms and was probably a musical term delineating a pause or rest. The Selah Service offers the opportunity to pause and rest together in prayer, song, reflection and worship before God. Incorporated into the service, is a ten minute period of silent prayer providing a time for participants to bring their concerns, confessions and petitions to the Lord and to rest in the mercy and grace that Christ offers each one of us.
Join us for this very special observance of Ash Wednesday, as we begin the Lenten Journey to Easter by remembering that from dust we have come and to dust we will return.
There is no cost to attend; a free-will offering will be taken during the service.
About Jeff Johnson
Jeff Johnson leads Selah worship for churches, pilgrimage groups and retreat centers around the world. His many ArkMusic recordings feature music from Selah as well as collaborations with Irish flutist, Brian Dunning inspired by Stephen Lawhead’s novels and guitarist, Phil Keaggy. To learn more about Jeff Johnson and his music, visit www.arkmusic.com .
Mike Morishima and Sandra Hiramatsu share how the 5-Month Guided Retreat
impacted their lives, and their marriage!
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.
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 Ignatian Full Sheet with Registration 2015 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 5-Month Retreat Spiritual Direction Group, facilitated by Rev. Dr. Robert Slater.
Group Spiritual Direction will meet from 10 AM – 11AM on the following Dates: February 7, 2015; March 14, 2015; April 11, 2015; May 16, 2015; June 13, 2015.
Sessions will be held at the RMNW offices and be approximately 1 hour in length. For maximum effectiveness, group size is limited to 8 participants. Cost is $100 for all 5 sessions.
INDIVIDUAL SPIRITUAL DIRECTION appointments will also be available with Rev. Denise Easter, Rev. Dianna Kunce, Rev. Dr. Robert Slater or Rev. Dr. Paul Strawn.
“Outstretched Arms – Rescuing Love”
During the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, Christians draw closer to God through prayer and repentance. Lent is a time to re-establish the harmony with God that was broken by sin; a time to put off the old and put on the new (2 Corinthians 5). It is a time for a deeper conversion of our hearts. A time to overcome in ourselves what is of the flesh so the life of Christ may prevail in us. Lent is a time to recognize that we cannot do this for ourselves. We are utterly dependent on the rescuing love of Christ.
At this prayer retreat, you are invited to “dare to draw near” to the cross and to linger there with Jesus. To dare to look up and see his outstretched arms, to look into his face and allow Jesus to gaze into your eyes. Dare to see him taking your brokenness and sin into himself.
We will be using various works of art depicting Jesus on the cross with outstretched arms. Participants will be invited to ponder and contemplate the artwork as a means of engaging with God in prayer. The retreat will include extended times of silence, meditation on Scripture, and guided prayer exercises.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 | 9AM to 12:30 | $40 includes snacks & materials
Facilitated by Rev. Denise Easter & Rev. Dianna Kunce
Print a Registration Form: Interactive Registration Form (pdf)
Mail with payment to RMNW PO Box 458, Mukilteo WA 98275
A Prayer Guide for Holy Week
by Rev. Dr. Paul Strawn
“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.
The Practical Steps to Spiritual Discernment in Community Workshop is offered periodically as an introduction to the discernment process for communities. If you would like Renewal Ministries to teach this foundational half-day session with your church or leadership team, please contact us for further information.