INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUAL FORMATION, "EXPLORING THE WAY"
What is spiritual formation? Christian spiritual formation comes from God's transforming power available to all Christians. But the transformed life does not come by accident or by chance. To be formed in Christ and have Christ formed within us is clearly a gift of God. And yet, there are practices, disciplines and ways of being that enable to see, hear and responds to God. We become transformed through God's invitations, convictions and guiding Word.
~Genuine spiritual formation is the great reversal of the negative formation of our culture.
~Genuine spiritual formation reverses our role as "controller" (who acts to bring about desired results in our life) to being the object of the loving purposes of God.
~Genuine spiritual formation reverses our habitual expectation of gratification to a posture of patient, opened surrender to our loving God and his work in the world.
~Genuine spiritual formation brings about a radical shift from being our own production to being God's workmanship.
Three year program after the Introduction series will meet weekly the first three Thursday evenings of each month at 7:15 p.m. We will be engaging in and exploring The Way of Prayer, The Way of Discernment, and the Way of Scripture. Each session will include An Opening Time of Worship and Prayer, followed by reflection on weekly assignments/exercises and a time of faith sharing. We will conclude with deeper experiences of spiritual growth.
During these three years of growth, day retreats of Sacred Song Meditation and Faith Sharing will be offered. Our three year process will be celebrated at its conclusion with a Blessing Service. Limited to 12 participants. Tuition is $50 per year.