Spiritual Formation Community - A Space for God - NEW! It’s not enough to hear the word of God on Sunday and expect to nurture a healthy relationship between God and self, and self and others. We need to come into God’s presence by living our lives embracing and being embraced by God. In the business of our lives, we find it difficult to make space for God. This small group explores creative ways to embrace and be embraced by a loving God, while deepening our own spiritual disciplines, through scripture, music, art, poetry and environment. To accommodate our busy schedules, the Spiritual Formation Community will "meet" online for 3 weeks (follow study guides below), followed by one week when we will meet face to face. Face to face dates TBD. Please contact Linda with questions or if you are interested in joining the group. Week 4 - May 29 1. Listen to the Russian Orthodox prayer, Alleluia Behold the Bridegroom. "Behold the Bridegroom comes at midnight, and blessed is the servant whom he shall find watching." 2. Read Psalm 84, highlighting words or phrases that touch your heart or mind. 3. Watch the video Nature Reflection (10 minutes). Reflect on the beauty of your life. 4. How might you cultivate beauty in your own life and in the lives of those around you. Make a list of 3 ways you would like to cultivate Beauty in your own life and the lives of those around you this week. 5. Take a 15 minute walk in your neighborhood or around your office and notice Beauty! 6. Maintain your Journal reflecting on the Psalm and the beauty in your life. ABOUT THE JOURNAL: Topics for journals are for you and God to figure out. What is one main idea in the reading for the week that captured your attention? How did it connect with your life as disciple? How is the Holy Spirit being like yeast in your life as you make space for God? The hope for your weekly journal is to build a habit of reflecting prayerfully on your life in conversation with scripture and your world. Week 5 - June 5 1. Listen to Nicole Nordeman's song, "I Am," a celebration of life and homemade prayer. Lyrics . 2. Read Psalm 4, highlighting words or phrases that touch your heart or mind. 3. What does Psalm 4:3 mean to you? "Mark this well: The Lord has set apart the redeemed for himself." 4. This week consider the importance of "margins" or boundaries in your life. Margins are important for our own holistic health. What is one small way you can practice "margin" this week? 5. Take a 15 minute walk in your neighborhood or around your office and look for the goodness in boundaries and margins. 6. Write your Journal. This week you may want to consider - "How does margin support holiness?" Week 6 - June 12 1. Watch "How Wolves Change Rivers," a 5 minute video telling the impact of reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone National Park. 2. Listen to the 80s hit (ah, those synthesizers), "Thank you." It really is the best song to convey the ripple effect of our actions as disciples of Jesus. 3. Read Psalm 4, highlighting words or phrases that touch your heart or mind. The psalmist is bold when he talks to God. What request do you have for God that requires some boldness to pray? Perhaps you want to share this in your journal this week. 4. Write in your journal - let the Holy Spirit guide you this week.