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Nurture 5.22.22

The invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing violence in that country as well as the violence that continues to erupt or continue at home and around the globe leaves us

  • Aching

  • Angry

  • Confused

  • Alone

  • Impotent

We cry out with the Psalmist:

Psalm 6:3  - "My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long?"

Psalm 130:1-2 - "Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy."

Psalm 40:17b  - "You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay."

 

We lament with our brothers and sisters around the globe.

And we wait for God, with God, in God.

 

Centering Space developed a series of spirituality centers designed to offer opportunities for contemplation, action, renewal, and expression as we walk through these violent times as peacemakers.  We invite you to participate in these stations in any order using this guide.  Following today’s nurture time, the stations will once again be placed upstairs in Centering Space. You are invited to continue to use these stations as individuals or as small groups.  If you would like to schedule a time to use the Centering Space, please contact the church office at office@trinitypresbyterianharrisonburg.org .

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE SHEET HERE

VIDEOS TO HELP YOU FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE GUIDE

Small Labyrinths

Pray in Color

Out of the Ashes Part 1

Scrabble

Finger Paint

Out of the Ashes Part 2

Intimacy in Death & Dying

This class focused on death and dying, a subject most Americans avoid.  However in today’s COVID world, this topic is probably stirring some anxieties. We discussed overcoming fear of death, and what to expect when you or your loved one is dying.  We learned how professionals can help with the time before, during, and after death and conduct rituals and comforting practices.  Additionally, we explored options for best practices for the environment in disposition of the body.  The benefits of intimacy between the dying person and their loved ones and caregivers will be intertwined throughout.  These topics are rooted in scripture as well as traditions that go back to ancient times. 

Resources

 

This link will take you to resources related to “Death and Dying” Elly Swecker has used in her research on this subject. 

Death Planning Checklist

My Death Plan

Funeral Planning 

Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well

2021

Easter 2020 Nurture

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Unraveled - Summer 2020

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June 7 - Massanetta Springs worship service

Unraveled by Loss and Grief

June 14 - Exodus 1:22, 2:1-10 - Moses’ Mother Gives Moses Up So He Can Live
(When Our Plans for Our Children Unravel)

June 21 - Exodus 7:8-23 - Pharaoh Hardens His Heart to Moses’ Requests
(When Humans Unravel God’s Plans for Justice)

June 28 - Job 28:12-28 - Job’s Lament and Loss
(Seeking Understanding When Everything Has Fallen Apart)

July 5 - 2 Samuel 3:7, 21:1-14 - Rizpah Mourns Her Sons
(Public Grief That Inspires Action)

Unraveled by Uncertainty

July 12 -  Jeremiah 29:1-7 - Encouraging the Israelites in Exile to Plant Gardens & Build Houses
(When Dreams Unravel)

July 19 - Matthew 14:22-23 - Peter Sinks in the Water
(Unraveled by Uncertainty)  

​Identities Unraveled

July 26  - Genesis 18:1-15; 21-  Sarah Laughs
(Unexpected Joy and Surprise)

August 2 - John 4:1-29 - The Samaritan Woman at the Well
(Unraveled Shame)

August 9 - Wild Goose - Virtual Worship

August 16 - Mark 5:1-20 - Jesus Heals Legion, a Man Possessed by Demons
(The Unraveling of the Mind) 

​August 23 - Luke 19: 1-10 - Zacchaeus the Wealthy Tax Collector
(Radical Unraveling of Vocation)

August 30 - Acts 9:1-20 - The Conversion of Saul to Paul
(Discovering a New Path)