Blog: “Dispatch from the Edge: March 17, 2017”
Blog Post AuthorAnita Sorenson
March 17.2017 | 2ndweek of Lent
“Generous listening is powered by curiosity, a virtue we can invite and nurture in ourselves to render it instinctive. It involves a kind of vulnerability - a willingness to be surprised, to let go of assumptions and take in ambiguity. The listener wants to understand the humanity behind the words of the other, and patiently summons one's own best self and one's own best words and questions.” ― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living
Krista Tippett, host of NPR’s On Being, offers these wise words about listening to one another. Generous listening is not just being silent but being present, bringing curiosity and a readiness to be changed and influenced by what we hear from each other. This is good spiritual practice in the church and it is an aspect of our shared values at PCC, to listen in this vulnerable and respectful way.
During Lent, could we also seek to listen to God in this generous and vulnerable way, with “the willingness to be surprised”? As you reflect on Scripture, participate in worship, cultivate your life with God, observe your chosen Lenten practices, let us offer Jesus our humble curiosity and willingness to be formed by the Spirit.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor for Spiritual Formation
Keep these opportunities to gather together in mind over the next few weeks:
Lenten Focus: Neighborhood Listening
During Lent our all-church, inter-departmental emphasis will be on listening to our neighbors.
• Feb. 26th thru April 15: Lenten disciplines: Pair up with a friend to practice a weekly discipline of eating, shopping or walking in our immediate neighborhood. Pick up a devotional guide at the table in the gym, and commit to taking small steps to notice, meet, and listen to our neighbors. This week's action step: As you walk, shop or dine in our neighborhood, look for someone familiar you’ve seen before. Greet them, introduce yourself and learn their name.
• 9 am Sundays, Feb. 26ththru 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 willinvite 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
The Nixon Group: March 17th
The Nixon Group will be TONIGHT, March 17th, 6pm at the Corner House.
Sound Engineering Training: March 19th
Baked Potato Night: March 19th
Baked Potato Night will be on Sunday, March 19th, 5pm, at Field’s.
Women’s Book Club: March 28th
Pastoral Search Team Update; Congregational Meeting: April 2nd
Koinonia Prayer & Praise Potluck: April 2nd
Koinonia Prayer and Praise potluck will be on Sunday, April 2, 6pm at the Aoki’s.
32 Hour Prayer Vigil at PasCov: April 8th9am – April 9th5pm
Connection Team Meeting: April 9th
The Connection team will meet, Sunday, April 9, 9-10am in the Gathering Place.
Family-Friendly Potluck: April 9th
Family-Friendly Potluck will be on Sunday, April 9, 4pm at the Heuer’s home.
Community Potluck Dinner: April 11th
Our first Community Potluck Dinner for 2017, in our own Courtyard, is Tuesday, April 11, 6-8pm. Bring something yummy to share.
Upcoming Preacher Schedule:
March 19th – Jim Tyberg
March 26th – Dave Rinker
April 2nd – Caila Rinker