To the community of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,
I hope all of you are getting through this difficult time and have been able to adapt to new ways not only of living but thriving. St. Paul’s, under Noah’s direction, has opened up numerous opportunities to explore our understanding and relationship with God.
The newest offering is one that offers an opportunity to expand our prayer life so we might get to know God better and draw God’s presence deeper into our lives. Most of us know how to approach God with our litany of needs, but most of us, myself included, have struggled with learning to listen for God and how to deepen our relationship with God. The purpose of prayer is to have a dialogue with God so God can get to know you and you can get to know God. In short, it is through prayer that we draw closer to God with an intimate knowledge of who God is and God’s care for each of us.
Based on this very basic human desire to know God, we have developed a 9 week course that provides a framework that will guide each of us into a deeper more meaningful relationship with God.
The Learning to Pray course will begin Saturday June 13th and will run until August 22nd. We will take the July 4th weekend off. It is built around small groups of 5-6 people per group, each with its own trained leader to guide you. The initial two meetings will be all of us together then we will break up for 6 weeks of experiential learning, followed by a closing meeting with all of us together again. The small groups will meet for 1 hour per week at a time agreed to by the group.
It is hoped that the integrity and strength of each group will grow with your attendance at each meeting but this is not a requirement. We will meet via Zoom so we can continue to practice safe distancing while we build new interpersonal relationships.
Join Laura Di Panfilo as she has a conversation with us about this new "Learning to Pray" class. The conversation will be on Tuesday, May 19th at 6pm on Facebook Live.