Ever wondered how the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) started? Ever wonder why “Disciples of Christ” is always in parentheses? Curious about the Church Jesus came to establish and how it evolved after his death? Ever wondered what the Reformation or the Restoration were all about? Then we have a class for you!
On the Path
Over the last year and half, Southern Hills has experienced much transition and change. We have had moments of great joy and moments of great sadness. We have adopted a new ministry covenant, approved a new governing structure, and we have begun needed renovations to our facility. As a congregation we have welcomed new members and said good-bye to dear friends. Recently we learned that Rev. Dr. Chuck Rolen, our interim minister, will be moving on to a new ministry setting. The landscape around Southern Hills has been changing and will continue to change. Psalm 46: 1-4 reminds us, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.” Verse 10 of the same Psalm continues on to say, “Be still, and know that I am God!”
Be still – two simple but very empowering words. “Be still and know that I am God, the God who is your refuge, strength, and a very present help,” is a message of which need to be reminded often. Over the next several months the leadership of the church and the church staff will be engaging that message through the practice of being still while using contemplative prayer. By intentionally being still the leadership will be engaging together, corporately, to discern where God is calling us through this time of transition.
Thomas Merton once wrote, “Prayer is then not just a formula of words, or a series of desires springing up in the heart-it is the orientation of our whole body, mind, and spirit to God in silence, attention, and adoration. All good meditative prayer is a conversion of our entire self to God.” We would like to invite all of Southern Hills to join us in orienting our whole community towards God through silence, attention, and adoration. You can do this by committing to pray daily for the leadership of the church and the staff, as we pray for you in turn. Choose either 9:11 am or pm to set aside as a time for contemplative prayer. You can also order the book Creating a Life With God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices by Daniel Wolport which is the sister book to the one the leadership is reading. This book will give you instruction on different contemplative prayer disciplines. Every month we will begin a new chapter/discipline to practice throughout that month. This month we will be engaging in the spiritual discipline of silence and solitude. You can also follow along with the practices in the Sharing Tree Newsletter, or here on this blog.