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
05
2009
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Advent: sharing our blessings

blue candlesLast week we began our Advent journey by exploring the “good news” that Jesus came to proclaim, the prophecy of Isaiah that he brought to life in front of a hometown crowd:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

We saw that the people of Nazareth found Jesus’ “good news” – God’s favor for the poor, the blind, and the outsiders, not just for them – to be bad news. (Luke 4:14:30, http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=126423915)

We also started a benevolent project, using an Advent Giving Calendar that we distributed. This calendar asks us to look at what we have been blessed with and then respond with a small gift for those who are less fortunate. Together, we’re collecting the coins the calendar asks us to set aside, and after Christmas we will pool the resources and decide on a worthy cause to support.

You can download the calendar here: http://goodrichdesign.net/adventgivingcalendar.htm

Don’t worry if you didn’t start on the first day. Just jump in where you are. You can always catch up if you desire. Whatever you can do is a way to embody Christ’s message and “bring good news to the poor.”

Written by Bob Fisher in: advent,being church,gatherings,lent,service,spirituality |
Dec
15
2008
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Be still and know

Our Taize service last night was a wonderful time of waiting and contemplating the gift God gives us in Christ. We prayed. We sang beautiful music. We savored silence. We made room in the inns of our hearts. (more…)

Written by Bob Fisher in: advent,gatherings,spirituality |
Nov
16
2008
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Dec. 14 \\ Taize worship

Advent — the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas — is often a hectic, non-stop time for many of us.  This year, with much uncertainty in the world, is likely to be even more stressful.

Join us for an evening of quiet, contemplative worship on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. at United Friends School (1018 W. Broad Street, Quakertown, PA 18951)  We will focus on song, prayer and scripture after the manner of the Taize community, an ecumenical fellowship in France that draws people (including many young people) from around the world.

This will be a time to de-stress and focus on God, with simple prayer and readings and meditative chant. If you’re frantic from the holiday stress, or if the season leaves you blue or lonely, you may find a space for God to speak to you at this service.

An offering will be taken to benefit the Quakertown Food Pantry.

For information call Bob at 267.234.7262 or 267.377.7192 or email.

Download a flyer here: taize2008

Written by Bob Fisher in: advent,announcements,gatherings,spirituality |
Nov
30
2007
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Celebrating Advent in your home

The Advent devotional booklet is finished — just in time for the start of Advent on Sunday. We gave out the first part of the booklet at “big worship” in November, and here is the completed booklet, with reflections for each week of Advent in addition to the readings and rituals already distributed. Click the link below to download the booklet as a PDF. Contact Bob (267.377.7192) if you need a printed copy.

Link: Advent Devotional 07

Written by Bob Fisher in: advent,resources,spirituality |
Nov
30
2007
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Advent greetings!

This Sunday begins Advent, the time in the rhythm of the church when we anticipate with joy, wonder and awe the reality that God is with us.

At our pre-Advent “big worship” we talked about the importance of creating space to encounter Christ in the run-up to Christmas. Creating space for God in our lives is a spiritual discipline. I don’t know about you, but I cringe when I hear the word discipline. I’m terrible at building new habits, and I beat myself up if — no, when — I don’t do it perfectly, and end up giving up too soon.

Here’s some good news: I’m learning through my spiritual journey that God nurtures gently. Jesus promised that his yoke is easy and his burden is light (Matthew 11:30). That means that we are freed from the “need” we feel to get our relationship with God “right.”

Here’s more good news: Creating space for God isn’t a law that has to make us busier than we already are. It isn’t yet another thing to do. The amazing truth is that we make room by paying attention to what God is already doing in, around and through us. Our God comes to us all the time, where we are, and invites us to receive his Spirit and align our will with his. And if we don’t accept, God keeps inviting, because his desire is not to burden us with ceaseless striving but to teach us what Matthew 11:29 calls (in The Message) “the unforced rhythms of grace.”

As you journey through Advent this year I invite you to join me in the life-giving discipline of noticing and celebrating what God has done and is doing, right here and now. It doesn’t matter whether you do that by reading more of the Bible, praying around your own Advent wreath, using the rituals in our C@L devotional booklet, spending time in nature or some other practice that seems right to you. The key is noticing what God is up to, and asking for what you need to cooperate with the work he is doing in you. Our God is faithful, and if you attend to your relationship with him he will return the favor.

Just one thing. Be gentle with yourself in the process, as gentle as your Savior is.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matt. 11:28-30 (The Message)

Have a blessed Advent,

Bob

Written by Bob Fisher in: advent,being church,spirituality |

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