Clear the way for the Lord in the Wilderness, Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. (Isaiah 35)
Our "Choosing Wilderness" program will take place at the same time as Noah's sabbatical, from May 5th through August 21st, 2022. The offerings below have been prayerfully put together by our Spiritual Growth and Formation Commission as a way for us all to journey together through wilderness themes to learn more about ourselves and grow closer to God. We hope that everyone will take advantage of some or all of these activities! In addition to what is listed out below, wilderness themes will be incorporated into our summer worship as well as Vacation Bible School this summer.
Sunday, April 24 at 9:45AM Choosing Wilderness: Rector's Sabbatical Activities
Sunday, May 1 at 9:45AM Choosing Wilderness: Panel Discussion
Ginny Barnicoat, Mark Lamendola, the Rev. Cat Munz
Why choose wilderness? How does God speak to us in “wilderness”? In this forum, we will discuss opportunities to explore and deepen our faith during this summer of wilderness offerings alone, with our families, and as a group with other parishioners.
Sunday, May 8 at 9:45AM Christ as the Good Shepherd
Led by: Pat Dunkis
Have you seen the beautiful icon depicting Christ, the Good Shepherd, behind the altar in St. Paul’s Chapel? On Good Shepherd Sunday, we will explore depictions of Christ as the Good Shepherd in Holy Scripture, discuss iconography in Christian art, and discover the many sacred symbols in our own Good Shepherd icon, dedicated thirty years ago this year. Please join us for what promises to be a unique learning experience, and the opportunity to see this exquisite work of art in a way you may not have seen it until now.
Sunday, May 15 at 9:45AM L. Roger Owens, author of Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living
L. Roger Owens is a professor of Christian spirituality and ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. With a passion for spiritual formation, Roger is an engaging speaker and preacher. He is the author of several books about living a spiritual life, including Everyday Contemplative, which St. Paul's Small Groups are currently reading.
Sunday, May 22 at 9:45AM Changes in Worship, Prayer Book, Policies, Mission, & Money -- Why Should I Care About the Episcopal Church's upcoming General Convention?
Led by Jon Delano.
Saturday, May 14th - 5K Walk and Picnic at South Park!
The Youth are partnering with the Spiritual Growth Commission to sponsor a 5K walk/run in South Park to benefit the Neighborhood Resilience Project. The 5K will begin at the Parcell Pavillion at 11AM on May 14, and will continue down Corrigan Drive for 2.5km, then return to the pavilion for a celebratory picnic with Jersey Mike's subs, chips, cookies, soda and water. Bring your family, your dogs, your friends!
Sunday, May 15th - Guest Speaker and Preacher, author L. Roger Owens
We are excited to welcome the Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens to St. Paul's! Owens has preached and lectured across the country, has written numerous books and articles, and teaches Christian spirituality and ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is the author of the book Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living, which St. Paul's Small Groups are reading right now. He will be preaching at the 8:45 and 10:45 services, and leading the Adult Forum at 9:45. Please join us for this wonderful opportunity!
Learning to Pray in the Wilderness Classes
This small-group based series will kick off in early June, and will run for 8 weeks through the end of July. Groups will meet weekly, and will be offered at various times during the week and on the weekend. Learn more here
Holy Spirit Hikes
Photo-journaling in the Undercroft
Wednesday, June 8 at 7 pm, Chapel
Join us as we explore God in the wilderness through a contemplative Taizé Wilderness service in the Chapel on Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00 PM. We will explore Scripture readings from the Old and New Testament, including a dramatic shipwreck from Acts, and enjoy several Taize songs!
Taizé is a beautiful and slower paced service that presents a unique opportunity for prayer, song and meditation. Taizé music highlights simple phrases, usually lines from the Psalms or other pieces of scripture, repeated and sung. The repetition is designed to help meditation and prayer. Hope you can attend!
Praying in Color
Based on book by Sybil MacBeth.
Reasons to Pray in Color
- You want to pray but words escape you.
- You feel antsy and can’t sit still.
- Your prayers seem puny and silly.
- You want to spend time with God but don’t know how.
- Your mind wanders and your body complains.
- You want a visual, concrete way to pray.
- You need a new way to pray.
Date and Time TBD