Sundays at Providence are terrific. We lift our hearts in worship, join together in prayer, listen to beautiful music, hear an inspiring sermon, and visit with our friends. All of this warms our hearts and keeps us coming back, and many individuals find themselves charged up to go out as Disciples and do Christ’s work in the world. But for the Church to truly function as the Body of Christ, it must continue to grow and gain strength as a body committed to discipleship, with a strong foundation in love. Since our town hall meeting in June, the Session has been envisioning new opportunities and ministries to strengthen us in discipleship and love.
Wednesday nights are our church-wide discipleship opportunities to gather and recharge. The entire church family enjoys a weekly time to come together for a fellowship supper and disciple-building classes and activities.
- 5:15–6:00 pm
- 6:00–7:00 pm
Adult Bible classes, prayer, other activities
- 6:00–7:00 pm
Mobility Youth Discipleship Groups
- 7:00–8:00 pm
Choir, non-Choir meetings or activities
"Engage"—Taught by Pastor Mary Montei Clark
Engage is a new program offered by the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), which uses a multimedia approach to meeting the 21st-century Church’s need for followers of Christ who are prepared to open not only its doors but even its walls into the world.
According to the “Engage” web site (www.pcusa.org/ engage), the series “emphasizes both the importance of social justice and faith sharing. It begins with the Jesus question, “Who do you say that I am?’” Pastor Mary will be preaching each Sunday on themes from this program.
"Spiritual Disciplines"—Taught by Jerry Williams
As I was recuperating from my recent surgery, I reread a book of collect writings edited by Richard Foster. He is one of my favorite authors. The book is Spiritual Classics: Selected Readings on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines.
As I reflected on the writings, it dawned on me that the content and format of the book would be great for a MEGA Wednesday discussion group. The book is a collection of writings with four or five selections for each of 12 spiritual disciplines. Foster includes interesting background on each writer, adds annotations for each selection, and suggests further readings and thoughtful discussion points.
I thought the book would be good for several reasons:
- We could read one article for each session. That article would be repre-sentative of the spiritual discipline. If someone wants to read the other selections, they certainly can, but only requiring one article means the reading is very short—each article is only 2-4 pages. If you did not have time to read, you could take 5 minutes before our meeting, skim the brief article, and still be able to enter in a good discussion.
- Each of the articles is written by an important person in Christian history. My exposure to these authors alone was worth reading the book.
- Foster is a very “down-to-earth” Christian and an excellent writer. His throughts are good, and his suggestions are provocative.
- Very importantly, the sections are independent. Understanding the infor- mation in one section is not dependent upon having read previous sections. Therefore, someone could miss several times and not feel lost or behind when they returned to the group.
- It is my opinion that the information and discussion will strengthen everyone’s Christian walk. The writers are pillars of the church, and the information is valuable.
I hope you will be able to join me. I always learn from preparing for a class, but I also always learn from listening to others. The more people we have, the greater the opportunity for different views being expressed and for better learning.