SPIRITUAL FORMATION and contemplative prayer practices, like reflective reading of scripture, enable us to slow the pace of our busy minds and lives. Without reflective moments, our minds race along, captured by the most recent trend or product. It’s astonishing how many words and images we encounter each day, all competing for our attention. It is more important than ever to find time when we may be called into praise and hope for victory over life’s challenges. We receive this gift in worship with others. Worship invites us into reflection on our own life through scripture, exhortation of the Word, prayers, hymns, and support of the community. We emerge refreshed and ready for the week ahead.
– Dwight H. Judy
A Quiet Pentecost
“From page 34 of A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life by Dwight H. Judy. Copyright © 2013 by Dwight H. Judy. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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12:20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’
“So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”
Luke 12:20-21, NRSV
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Did You Know?
Happy 75th anniversary, El Aposento Alto!
This year, the Spanish language edition of El Aposento Alto celebrates its 75th anniversary. Congratulate the editors and the community in the comment section on the web: http://elaposentoalto.upperroom.org/es.
This week we remember:
Basil the Blessed (August 2).
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