Nov 28: Contemplative Prayer through the ages, facilitated by Mary Follen. Chris Predeek with share a Benedictine style psalm.
Dec 5: Prayer in the Taize Tradition. Benneth Husted will introduce Taize prayer, then we will move to the sanctuary for a Taize prayer around the cross, music by Christie Bernklau-Halvor.
Dec 12: Centering Prayer, in the manner taught by Father Thomas Keating. Gini Graham, former coordinator of Oregon Contemplative Outreach, will teach the method, followed by an experience of a centering prayer "sit."
I never experienced a soup supper before coming to work at MoTA. What a gift! As the season chills and the sunlight wanes, we are invited to gather in warmth and fellowship. Not just any "we," but the WE that is MoTA -- welcoming enthusiasm.
MoTA members have a spirit of welcoming that outshines and outlasts the norm. These folks remember your name. They want to know how you came to be here and what you're seeking. They care about your family, your well-being, and your spiritual strength. They strive to inform and be informed, to always know more and care better. As one who was a lost middle child in a family of eight kids, this kind of enthusiasm was a little confronting at first, until it proved to be deep, genuine, and filled with love of God and one another. Ah, this is what Jesus was talking about!
Soup -- brilliant! A little bowl of simple warmth and nourishment. A marvelous metaphor for care, for enrichment, for sharing. A little bowl of family, of respite from the cold, of memories of moms and grandmas.
Come together tonight, for a little bowl of nourishment for the body and a little circle of enrichment for the soul, both served with a generous helping of heartfelt love. Thank you, MoTA, for making this a most excellent gift.