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Adult Education – Lent

LENT MODULE: February 14 – March 7, 2021

WHY PRAY?

Why pray? We pray because prayer is a gifted means of grace from God that enables us to form a trustworthy, lasting, and intimate relationship with our loving Creator. As Morton Kelsey, Professor Emeritus of Theology at the University of Notre Dame reminds us, “Prayer is not so much asking for what we wish from the Divine as it is fellowship with the Holy One who wants our presence far more than we want the Holy One’s presence.”

How can we as people of faith more passionately seek God’s presence? What are some helpful prayer techniques we can use to help draw ourselves more fully into our Creator’s loving presence? Join Rev. Dan Thomas, and pastors Scott Ramsey and Jen Dunfee as together we explore and experience such techniques as how to use the Bible in prayer, centering prayer, praying through the hours, the Jesus Prayer, and going for an intentional prayer walk. Time for sharing prayer experiences and questions will be a staple of each class session.

Before each class participants are encouraged to download the materials provided and have a Bible handy.

  • February 14th Class: This Sunday we will explore the reason why we should pray and the ACTS of prayer.
  • February 21st Class: This we​ek we will focus on prayers of Adoration and Praise. Pastor Scott will offer insights on using the Centering Prayer technique. Three Handouts are below:
  • February 28th Class: This week the class will examine Prayers of Confession and supplication. Dan Thomas will guide participants in the prayer techniques of Breath Prayers (special focus on The Jesus Prayer) and Lectio Divina (Praying the Scriptures)  

This class will NOT be recorded.

Class Leaders: Rev. Dan Thomas with Pastors Scott Ramsey & Jen Dunfee
How to Attend: Each session will be held on ZOOM gathering at 9:30 a.m. and session begins at 9:45 a.m. The ZOOM link will be provided in the Thursday Update email.

SONGS OF CRISIS: DRAWING GOD INTO HISTORY IN THE PSALMS

Many of us, when thinking of the Psalms, bring to mind an especially beloved example, often Psalm 23. This book of the Bible contains some of the most lyrical and striking language in world literature, and Psalms are often associated with images of peace and joy— “still waters,” “steadfast love endures forever.” But the Jewish people lived in tough times, beset by enemies, natural disasters, and evil rulers. The Psalms reflect this too. In this class we will look at some of these tough Psalms, to open up a little the complex bond the people of Israel had with their God, and to help us reflect on our own relationships with God. Each week we will dig into one or two of the Psalms, fitting them into the context of their time but also looking for ways these Psalms can fit into our times, and our own spiritual lives. It will be helpful to have a Bible handy during the class.

This class will NOT be recorded.

Class Leader: Rob Hunter
How to Attend: Each session will be held on ZOOM gathering at 9:30 a.m. and session begins at 9:45 a.m. The ZOOM link will be provided in the Thursday Update email.

RECORDING ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES:
An Update from the Adult Education Committee
January 2021

The adult education committee has received several requests to record classes. We recognize the value of being able to revisit a class, catch up with a missed class session, or share a session with a family member or friend. At the same time, we’re aware of privacy concerns and the concern that recording may make participants self-conscious and uncomfortable to share personal observations. To balance these considerations, we will use the following criteria to decide which classes to record:

  • The leaders/speakers associated with a class, and with individual class sessions, are the primary judges of whether a class is appropriate for recording. They hold veto power over recording a class series or session.
  • As a rule, we believe that classes that consist mostly of presentation with some Q&A are more appropriate for recording than those that consist primarily of discussion.
  • Regardless of the proportion of presentation and discussion/Q&A, we will not record classes which invite participants to share opinions on potentially-sensitive political or policy questions, or to share personal experiences.
  • We will always let participants know if a class is being recorded. Notice that the class will be recorded will appear in the class write up in the Newsletter and Thursday Mail along with the ZOOM link.

If you have any questions or thoughts about class recording, please feel free to share them with any member of the Adult Education Committee or Cathy Saunders, the chair.