The Science of Spirituality presents: Meditation and Forgiveness: Healing the Heart with Michael Ribet. This event includes Meditation. Thursday, April 23rd 7:30-9:00pm First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main St, Northampton- Lyman Hall Forgiveness means freeing yourself of the past. Mediation opens the door to being able to forgive, both yourself and others. This event is Free and open to the public. For More information: 413.587.9670; www.sos.org Science of Spirituality is a worldwide, spiritual organization dedicated to transforming lives through meditation, under the guidance of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. Please join us for this incredible event!
Welcome to the House Church Reading Groups at First Churches! We are meeting at 5 sites for 5 weeks during Lent to read and share about Rob Bell's "What We Talk About When We Talk About God." You can find updates on the church website at firstchurches.org at the top of the page. Just look under the Spiritual Growth menu and the "Small Groups" tab. Feel free to share thoughts and comments as we go along. (And don't worry about internet "trolls." We moderate the forums.) Enjoy the book and reading and sharing together! Week 1 - Starting February 23 Chapter 2 – Hum pages 1-20 Week 2 – Starting March 2 Chapter 2 – Open pages 21-80 Week 3 – Starting March 9 Chapters 3 & 4 Both and With pages 81-126 Week 4 – [...]
New opportunity for Ministry in Action I invite interested social knitters to join me in a Prayer Shawl Knitting Circle. Prayer Shawls (also called Comfort Shawls) are homemade throws, each made in a spirit of love and blessing for the intended recipient. This meaningful activity, when shared, also offers a wonderful opportunity to get to know people on a different level, thereby contributing to building our beloved community. What particularly appeals to me about this ministry is how the creation of a prayer shawl is a spiritual practice for the maker. As I’ve experienced knitting, the rhythmic activity brings on a contemplative, even healing, mindset. The process of making a shawl -- using one’s hands and focused intentions, your own prayers and loving thoughts -- becomes gift not only for the one receiving the shawl, but for the knitter as [...]
Lenten House Church Groups Start This Month On Ash Wednesday, February 18, we will kick off house church discussion groups on Rob Bell’s book, “What We Talk About When We Talk About God.” Amazon reviews describes the book below: Pastor Rob Bell explains why both culture and the church resist talking about God, and shows how we can reconnect with the God who is pulling us forward into a better future. Bell uses his characteristic evocative storytelling to challenge everything you think you know about God. What We Talk About When We Talk About God tackles the misconceptions about God and reveals how God is with us, for us, ahead of us, and how understanding this could change the entire course of our lives. So how can you get involved? Sign up in February for one of our 5-6 groups. [...]
Monday Noon Bible Study: A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith Begin the New Year by reading Brian McLaren’s thought provoking book along with the Monday Noon Bible Study. Beginning on Monday, January 12, we will be discussing each chapter. Books are available now at the church office or Second Hour for $11 thanks to Broadside books (pay what you can) and you may also get the Kindle version for under $10. I will also post questions on the church website if you would like to follow along and write comments even if you cannot participate at Monday noon. Here is a quick review of Brian McLaren’s book from Amazon: “We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the church. Not since the Reformation five centuries ago have so many Christians come [...]
PAUL'S VISION ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUSBible Study Sundays @ 8:45 SUNDAYS @8:45 AM The letters of Paul (and his imitators) comprise half the New Testament. These epistles are the earliest historical documents of Christianity and have been foundational in the spiritual lives of Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and Western Protestant Christianity. Some scholars have claimed that we see Jesus through Paul. These epistles have led to spiritual transformation, and also used to justify repression of women, slavery and exclusion of homosexuality. And yet in Galations 3:28 he wrote "in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, but all are one in Christ Jesus." How do we make sense of this controversial figure? What should his true role be in our understanding of the life of Jesus the Christ? We will explore the writings of Paul [...]
Lord's Prayer I - Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name... Opening Meditation Opening Meditation: Musical meditation on where is heaven for you? What does it look like to you? Share in groups of three or four, and see what the different views look like. 1) Heaven in scriptures Read Genesis 1:1 - Where or what is heaven? 380 references to heaven in OT, all showing heaven to be that other place that God dwells. Read Matthew 3:1-2 Kingdom of heaven has come near, this is the good news Jesus calls his disciples to preach. (Matthew will mention heaven 75 times) Luke 17:21 - The Kingdom of Heaven is among you. (King James version - within you.) God's address is starting to change. Make reference to awakening under Edwards where King is replaced by Governor. Hallowing [...]
8:45 AM starting March 9 in the Parlor This Lent experience reading with the mind and heart together through an exploration of five spiritual classics about living a life with God. Each week we will read a short sample and share together how the words impact our spiritual journeys. We invite you to come for any or all of these sessions. Readings will be available the week prior to each session. The weekly readings include: March 9 "Four Degrees of Love" by Bernard of Claivoux March 16 "The Highest Form of Prayer" by Julian of Norwich March 23 "Striving to Make Progress" by Theresa of Avila March 30 “Overflowing with Love” by Catherine of Siena April 6 "Christ in Community" by Dietrich Boenhoeffer
Tuesdays at 6:30 Church Parlor Come Tuesdays in Lent to any or all sessions of this Lenten discovery series. We will explore different ways to pray, reflect on praying in the scriptures and pray together in different ways each week. Homework and resources will be posted at firstchurches.org to follow along. March 11: Praise and Thanksgiving Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name... March 18: God's Will in Our lives Thy Kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven….For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. March 25: Petitions Give us this day our daily bread… April 1: Amends and Forgiving Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. April 8: Temptation, Liberation and Evil Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Sunday Morning Adult Education 8:45 AM in the Parlor Starting January 12 As a congregation that traces our history back to Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening, Diana Butler Bass is someone we need to know. Our new discussion series begins January 12, with a five session exploration on the dynamics of Spiritual Awakening. Bass is one of the top thinkers exploring the future role of Christianity in a rapidly changing culture and has published several best- selling books. She will also be the featured speaker at Super Saturday on March 1 in Ludlow, MA. The five sessions focus on Waking Up, Believing, Behaving, Belonging and Awakening. You are welcome to come to any individual session or all five. A 15 minute video opens the session, with a half hour discussion time following. Here are some reviews of Bass’s latest [...]