Blog: “Dispatch from the Edge”: January 27, 2017
Blog Post AuthorAnita Sorenson
January 27, 2017 3rd week after Epiphany
A part of my work week is spent sitting in a chair, turned toward another, prayerfully listening to this person convey what he or she believes are the most significant movements in his or her relationship with God. It’s quiet work; reflective work. Almost always, at some point in this hour or so of being together, I will feel gratefulness at the gift of participating in such a holy exchange. I find this gentle work of listening and helping another attune to God so gratifying and enlivening.
All of us long to be listened to, to be understood, and to be known. Each of us in the Body of Christ can listen carefully and deeply to the story of how God is living in and working through someone else's life. We build community and encourage faith in others when we take time to have these conversations with each other. As we continue to do ministry and get our congregation ready for a new lead pastor to join our staff, let's renew our commitment to listen to one another, to seek out conversations to get to know each other better and to hear how God is alive and moving at Pasadena Covenant. Prayerful listening is sacred work.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor for Spiritual Formation
Keep these opportunities to gather together in mind over the next few weeks:
Worship and Arts Team Meeting: January 29th
Philip Yancey at Lake Avenue Church: February 10th
Potluck Luncheon with the Duttons: February 12th
Lenten Focus: Neighborhood Listening
During Lent our all-church, inter-departmental emphasis will be on listening to our neighbors.
Neighborhood Treasure Hunt
Sat., Feb. 25th • 10-2 pm • Gathering Place
For the whole church—all ages!
Explore our neighborhood to find hidden treasures we overlook every day (there will be shorter & longer walks available). Bring $$ for lunch as we'll eat out. We'll finish our fun event by "mapping" our neighborhood & choosing new spiritual disciplines of listening & noticing.
• Feb. 26th thru April 15: Lenten disciplines: groups of 2 or more practice disciplines to notice & listen.
• 9 am Sundays, Feb. 26th thru April 9th: Journey to the Cross, photo edition! PasCov youth team up with kids' for photo scavenger hunts; bring a digital camera.
• Neighborhood BBQ: Sat., April 22nd 10-2 pm: We will invite our neighbors to join us for a BBQ in the parking lot. We need lots of volunteers to help!
Sanctuary of Women: March 5 - April 16
Bad Weather Shelter Volunteers and Supplies needed:
PasCov helps man the BWS shelter on Wednesdays, 6:30-9pm, when weather-activated. We are in need of GROUPS to help man the shelter. You could be a small group, choir group, or even an outside of the church group.
We are also need supplies available when no group is signed up to serve: freezable casseroles or large size frozen lasagnas, dry spaghetti & sauce.
More info and sign-ups at the BWS table during Hospitality
Upcoming Preacher Schedule:
January 29th – Dave Rinker
February 5th – Kurt Fredrickson
February 12th – Ron Short
February 19th – Ron Short