Do you desire the peace, balance, and deep meaning in life that spiritual transformation promises but haven't found the right set of spiritual practices or community to make it happen? If so, you are not alone!
Consider joining us for a short 30-minute Ash Wednesday service at 15th Street Church. Fifteenth St. has asked us to help organize the service so it will have "emerging Christianity-style" elements (maybe sit in a circle, read some poetry, share an insight on this holy day, etc). We are still working out the details, so stay tuned. Some of our regulars will be reading some of the passages, and some will be performing "the imposition of ashes" on those who come forward.
(We apologize for this change from our original St. Margaret's contemplative Prayer service, but St. Margaret's is not doing their regular contemplative prayer service because of Ash Wednesday. Too bad!)
The time schedule for the service:
1. Begin with a hymn 2. Some quiet /meditation time; perhaps interspersed with the reading of some scripture or other passages. A reading - a minute of silent reflection..etc- maybe 3 min. 3. a brief story - homily - 5 min or less 4. Piece of special music - solo 5. Have folks who chose come forward for ashes, or people can write out prayers to affix to a cross up front 6 Concluding prayer - maybe hymn
Who will be there?: We usually have 8 to 15 people participate in our spiritual practices group (although we had 23 people at our November event). About 20 people from Fifeteenth Street will be a part of the group.
Hope you can join us!
--Glenn, Jen, Larry, Timothy, and Janet
Here's more details....(see below sections):
Location: Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church is a historic abolitionist community that's about seven blocks from Dupont Circle Metro station, U Street Metro Station, and Logan Circle, so plan your time accordingly. From the north exit of the Dupont Circle metro station go east on Q street, then north up 15th street. From U Street Metro Station, go west on U Street, then south on 15th Street. Parking garages can be found around Dupont Circle and on U street.
Our Experimental Method: The spiritual practices group regularly experiments with new ways, sacred spaces, and insights (including those from science) to invite the presence of God into our distracted lives. We are convinced that there are better ways to engage in spiritual practices than we grew up with, but we're not sure what exactly those look like...hence the need for thoughtful experimentation. For example, we've had great experiences walking the Great Labyrinth at the National Cathedral for body prayer/pilgrimage, and we've met at homes for Lectio Divina ("divine reading") meditation.