Feb
06
2010
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A different approach to faith

There are many people who approach faith and their relationship with the Holy as hunters. We scan our environment looking for the places and people and events in which the Spirit is active, not just for truths and ideas about God. When we find those spaces we can drop everything to “pounce” — to explore what the Spirit is up to and join in. We may not be as good at tilling the fields of religious life, listening to sermons waiting for God to speak (which Brian McLaren points out is a spiritual discipline), serving on committees, perpetuating institutions.

This is what we are trying to do at Kairos Community. We’re trying hard to be open to those who are watching and waiting and noticing and want to embrace the movements of the Spirit even if they don’t buy the whole package. We serve side by side, people who “believe” and those who balk, and share our journeys and honor those that are not explicitly Christian as well as those that are. We’re hunters and farmers. And we want to sharpen the hunter skills, to foster our awareness of how God is working in and around us every day, and learn to appreciate those moments of distracted noticing and movements of the Spirit amid daily life.

Want to read more? Check out Bob’s blog.

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Feb
04
2010
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Kairos Winter Retreat Feb. 28

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Join Kairos Community for a day of connecting with the Source.

Where: Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church Parish House 1426 Bridgeton Hill Road, Upper Black Eddy (Lat/long for GPS 40.561731, -75.114597)

When: Sunday, February 28 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Chronos, not Kairos time). Please plan on arriving early so we can get our coffee*, etc.  We would like to start promptly at 9 a.m.

Who: Interested adults and teens. Feel free to invite others or bring a friend.  This is an adult event. No child care will be provided.

Leader: Pat Herbst has been a spiritual director for many years and formerly was a pastoral assistant and educator at Assumption B.V.M. parish in Colesville, outside Bethlehem. She’s excellent!

Cost: Asking for donation of $25 per person to cover costs.

For more information contact Bob via email.

Dec
25
2009
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The Great Invitation

lovehascome2Christmas Eve, Kairos held an informal service in which our kids retold the Christmas story and we sang some favorite carols.  After the story, Bob offered this reflection on the message of Christmas for us today:

Christmas is a time of giving and receiving, and we are used to looking at the miraculous story of Christ’s birth as God’s greatest gift to us.  Which it is – God has given us everything we need in Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away our sins.

I want to encourage you this night to think of the Christ-event, the birth of the babe who would be Messiah, as an invitation. (more…)

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Dec
18
2009
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Join us Christmas Eve

theotokos6Kairos’ Christmas Eve service will be held at 5:30 pm Dec. 24 at United Friends School, 1018 W. Broad St., Quakertown.  Our service will feature lots of singing and a retelling of the Christmas story by our children. For information email Bob at bob@liveservegrow.info.

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Dec
12
2009
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Taize service Dec. 20

blue candlesWe’ll gather on the Sunday before Christmas, Dec. 20, at 4 pm at United Friends School, Quakertown, for a contemplative family Taize service.

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Dec
05
2009
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Advent 2: a great reversal

This week we continue to explore the “Good News” through Mary’s eyes. After Mary learned that she was pregnant, she visited an elderly relative, Elizabeth, who was also expecting a child (John the Baptist). When the two met Mary praised God with words that foreshadow Jesus’ main theme, that God’s love and mercy are not just for the strong and the holy, but also for the weak and the lowly.

Check out Luke 1:39-55 at http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=127026786.

Mary’s words get at the powerful center of the gospel, the “great reversal” that her son Jesus will preach and, eventually, be killed for: God provides for, and loves (to death) all those who humbly seek him and are willing to be who God created them to be.

Being pious and holier-than-thou doesn’t cut it. Following religious rituals and practices isn’t the answer (although they can be helpful in developing spiritually if used well). Jesus’ core teachings are so simple – forgiveness, reconciliation, care for the poor, loving one’s enemies – that you can spend your entire life on them.

This week our plan is simple…to contemplate where we hear good news and “bad news” in Mary’s words, and how God is calling us to be good news to others. Join us Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4 pm at Fletchers’. Call Bob at 267.702.4262 to find out more.

To get a different take on Mary’s song, check out this recording by JJ Heller, called “My Savior’s Love Endures”:


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Another favorite is “The Canticle of the Turning,” lyrics here: http://protocatholic.blogspot.com/2007/09/canticle-of-turning.html

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Nov
28
2009
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Advent begins Nov. 29

blue candlesTomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 29) we start our Advent celebration with worship and dinner at Gallaghers’ starting at 4 pm.

Advent is the time we celebrate a new beginning, remembering how God came into the world as Jesus Christ to free and heal and save all of us. This Advent we’re focusing on “the Big Story,” the Good News that Jesus brought to us. Our reading for tomorrow is Luke 4:14-30 where Jesus announces his mission to the people of his hometown, and gets a surprising reaction.

Tomorrow we’ll light that first Advent candle, and we’ll have an Advent calendar for each family to use throughout the season. We’ll also provide some ideas for marking this season in your family. We really hope that you’ll join us as we look forward to a new season and a new year. We’re looking forward to being together to prepare to receive again the gift of Christ at Christmas.

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Aug
10
2009
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Body parts


If you were a part of a body, what part would you be?

Are you an eye, always looking forwards (or back, perhaps)? Or an ear, tuned to nearby joys and distant rumblings? A (physical) heart or lungs, continually doing the thankless and vital tasks that keep the body humming? Perhaps you’re a foot that provides balance and helps move the body to where the eye can see, a brain that analyzes new data, an emotional receptor that is sensitive to pain and brokenness around you. (more…)

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Jun
21
2009
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Prayer

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Apr
06
2009
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Holy Week @ Kairos

3 crossJourney with us into the central mystery of faith, that God’s power and mercy are shown in the weakness and brutality of the cross.  Kairos will offer several worship and service opportunities this week:

Maundy Thursday, April 9 — 7 pm Holy Thursday at Fisher’s

Good Friday, April 10 — 7 pm, Tenebrae Remixed at Potterfields’

Saturday, April 11 — Participate in Hunger Walk in Philadelphia (contact: Maria)

Sunday, April 12 — Easter Sunday Service — 9:30 am — begins at St. John’s Cemetery (9th and Juniper, Quakertown) and continues at United Friends School, 1018 W. Broad St, Quakertown.

Questions: Contact Bob at 267.377.7192.

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Mar
05
2009
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Schedule for Lent

Friday, March 6 @ 6:30 pm — Gathering at Potterfield’s — Focus: Hunger
Sunday, March 15 @ 10:30 am — Community worship at UFS, Quakertown — Focus: Homelessness
Friday, March 20 @ 6:30 pm — Gathering at Susan Fletcher’s — Focus: Creation and the Environment
Friday, March 27 @ 6:30 pm — Gathering at Gallaghers’ — Focus: Community
Sunday, April 5 — Details TBA — Palm Sunday / Service Sunday
Saturday, April 11 @ 6:30 pm — Easter Vigil service at UFS.

For directions/locations call Bob at 267.234.7262.

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Mar
05
2009
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The brokenness of hunger

We’ll start the journey of Lent together at our gathering this Friday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Bob and Barbette’s in Point Pleasant.  Dinner is provided.  If you need directions please call Bob Fisher at 267.234.7262.

This week’s focus is on the brokenness of hunger.  We will have an activity that will help us go deeper into this unfortunate and growing reality in our community and our world.  This week it is especially appropriate to bring donations of food and/or funds to support a local food pantry.

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Mar
05
2009
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Work the Word into your life

You’re invited to join us for an interactive online Bible reading and discussion.  Click this link to jump in!

It’s easy to participate, just go to that website, click on the day’s reading, choose one of the links next to the verse reference to read the short passage (M=The Message, NRS=New Revised Standard), then lick the number tab to the left of the entry to read others comments and/or add your own.  When there are a number of voices we all learn from each other, which is one of the special things about this community.

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Feb
24
2009
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Don’t give up, give to

I had an online conversation Tuesday with someone who was figuring out what to do for Lent.  We came to the conclusion that to the point isn’t to “give up” things but to “give to.”  Specifically, we’re invited to join our Creator’s work, to give our time, energy and resources to our neighbors and to our relationship with God.

In a world where it seems like we are flying upside-down at very high speed, Lent is a good time to recapture our bearings.  It seems that every day we learn that some of our assumptions are wrong.  The rules we have believed in about our economy, our environment, our politics, and even our faith seem called into question. (more…)

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Feb
08
2009
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A Gift Exchange: Sunday, Feb. 15

We’ll gather for worship this coming Sunday, Feb. 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the “big room” at United Friends School, 1018 W. Broad Street, Quakertown (18951).

Our theme is A Gift Exchange and we will focus on identifying the spiritual gifts God has blessed us with.  Our main text is Romans 12:1-8 if you want to read in advance.

Children will have an activity together and we will share simple refreshments afterwards (if you can bring something to share, please let us know).

Need info or directions? Contact Bob via email.

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Feb
08
2009
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Take this Bread discussion

Our Kairos book group started discussing Sara Miles’ “Take This Bread” last time.  We’re going to continue looking at the book when we meet Thursday, Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m. at Miley’s (call 267.377.7192 or email for directions).  You’re welcome to jump into the discussion even if you weren’t with us last time.  Please RSVP to Lori if you can.

Here are some questions to consider as you read:

·      How does Sara  come to discover her “calling,” and how does she go about living it out?
·      She often relates real-life events to Biblical stories. When have you experienced a Bible story in your life?
·      She writes about two “churches” – St. Gregory’s parish and the community that evolves at the food pantry.  What do you like about either of these types of churches?
·      In the interview at the end of the book, Sara says that the encounter with God is both physical and risky.  Have you encountered God in this way?  What happened?

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Feb
04
2009
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Feb. 6 gathering

Our next Kairos : Christians @ Large gathering is this Friday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m.  Our focus this week is Jesus’ opening up the kingdom to you, and me, and all people, and how this radical inclusion frees us to be the people God created us to be.  Our text is Luke 2:22-40, if you want to read ahead. Childrens activity provided. Call Bob at 267-377-7192 or email for location/directions.

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Feb
01
2009
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Thanks for your service!

By my count, we had 22 folks out “Laboring for the Lord” today! It is so exciting to see the “blessed to be a blessing” motto of Kairos in action! (more…)

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Jan
30
2009
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Super Service Sunday

Maria has arranged several service opportunities for us on Sunday:

1. Food collection for Quakertown Food Pantry at Boyer’s Market (10am-1pm)
KID FRIENDLY

2. Food Distribution and Pantry Shelf Stocking at Bucks County Housing Group
(10:30am-1pm)

3. Valentines at Karthaus’ (10:30am-1pm) KID FRIENDLY
(We’ll be making cards for elderly shut-ins and assembling Valentine’s Day
treat bags to share with kids at local shelters.)

Please RSVP via email if you can participate in one of these activities.

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Jan
22
2009
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Mark your calendar

Upcoming Kairos events:

  • Friday, Jan. 23, @ 6:30 pm, gathering at Gallagher’s.
  • Thursday, Jan. 29, 7-9 pm, Book group discussion of Take This Bread by Sara Miles (@ Miley’s)
  • Sunday, Feb. 1 — Service Sunday. Stay tuned for details. We’ll be at Bucks County Housing Group in the morning and doing a meal for Manna on Main Street.

Questions? Directions? Call Bob at 267-377-7192 or email.

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Jan
13
2009
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Add your voice to the conversation

Our community is hosting an online bible discussion as part of our quest to work the words of Scripture into our lives (Matthew 7:24, the Message). The idea is that we learn from the bible and from each other’s responses to it. So we’d like to invite you to add your voice to the conversation. You can just read along with us, or add a brief comment about how the reading touches you. We’re not looking for scholarship, just for our own response to God’s word working in us. (more…)

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Dec
24
2008
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Love has come. For you.

Here’s the Christmas message from Kairos tonight. Have a blessed Christmas!

Love has come!

Love has come to you!

The marvelous part of this story is not that it happened a long time ago in a place far, far away.  The Word is waiting to become flesh tonight, right here in this room, right in you!  The Word is waiting to take on your flesh, to be reborn in your heart. (more…)

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