** An Invitation to Prayer and Contemplative Practice ** One of the many practices that holds us together as a congregation is prayer. When we are able to pray together, whether on Sunday mornings or during Wednesday prayer times or in other gatherings, sharing the yearnings of our hearts in prayer unites us in community as nothing else can. One of the many issues calling for our prayer these days is racial justice. As you know, our congregation’s Racial Justice Team (RJT) is focusing its work in five areas: education, economic justice, political action, artistic expression, and prayer. To support the prayer focus, the RJT is inviting FCUCC’s members and friends to intentional prayer on Thursdays. Here’s how this will work:
On second Thursdays at 8:00pm in months to follow, you are invited to a time of prayer/contemplative practice on zoom. This time will last about 30-40 minutes.
Most of these meetings will begin with a short gathering time and a brief reading. At least 20 minutes of quiet prayer, meditation, or other contemplative practice of your choosing will follow. We will then close with a word or act of blessing.
On first, third, and fourth (and fifth, as it rolls around) Thursdays, you are invited to find an intentional time of prayer/contemplative practice. Those of us who can will join our hearts in our chosen practice at 8pm (not on zoom, but as a personal act wherever we might be). If a conflict prevents us from participating at 8pm, any other time during the day/night can be selected.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to heighten our awareness of the profound racism at work in our society, our prayers for racial justice are even more essential. Let us hold the challenges of these days in God’s love. Let us pray. And let us pray together.
Prayer and Contemplative Practice - Thursday – September 10th, 2020 – 8pm. Please take time tonight for an intentional time of prayer/contemplative practice. Those of us who can will join our hearts in our chosen practice at 8pm (not on zoom, but as a personal act wherever we might be). If a conflict prevents us from participating at 8pm, any other time during the day/night can be selected.
Let’s read together! Please get your copy of the book, me and white supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla R. Saad for our upcoming all-church read. This book “teaches readers to understand their white privilege and their participation in white supremacy so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on People of Color and, in turn, help other white people do better too” (from the book jacket).
Our church-wide read of Layla Saad’s book begins on SEPTEMBER 20th! Brenda Lewis will lead the study during Sunday School. Allen Mullinax will lead a group on Tuesday afternoons. And Alice Martin-Adkins and Dorri Sherrill will lead a Wednesday evening group. It will also be possible to engage with the book on your own if you’re unable to meet with a group.
Feel free to call Dorri Sherrill at 828-691-5554 with questions.