Exploring New Ground

Exploring New Ground

We have been at this new start gig for almost 4 years now.  In that time we’ve tried lots of things and experimented with the form of our gatherings, the time, the place, and more.  Sometimes it can feel like we’ve found the thing that works for us and it is easy to slip in to complacency.  Part of our culture at SFC is to continue to try new things and to continue to find meaningful experiences of God.  It’s good then that I am someone who gets bored, so that I have an internal impetus to change things up and we can keep experimenting and growing. There is such a tension between stagnation and comfort in organizations.  It is good to find the things that work and we should not abandon those things capriciously.  It is dangerous to settle in to complacency with what works and then find yourself simply going through the motions.  As we mature as a new start we find ourselves more and more in need to evaluate critically what we are doing so that we can keep on track with what God is calling us to be as a people. This past Sunday we did something we had never done before, and it was wonderful! I took a particularly long lectionary reading from the gospel of John and broke it in to sections.  I had people find a group to work with at the table where they were sitting.  I gave a brief context to when the story took place and an overview of the narrative.  Each group then got part of the scripture and had time to read...
Organic Resources

Organic Resources

In this season of  Lent SFC has been discussing how to make room for God in our lives.  Over the past 3 weeks we’ve come up with the resources below that have helped us to engage with our Lenten work.  We still have three weeks to go, so check out some of these ideas and please add some of the tools you have found helpful as you make room for God in your life. Eilidh Books  Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz The Road to Character by David Brooks Theatre Voice for the Voiceless Theatre Third Rail Theatre Theatre Vertigo   Podcast: The Liturgist podcast- Lent meditation (There is a 10 minute a day meditation for Lent from the Liturgists) Blog: A life in progress http://www.alifeinprogress.ca Devotional Practice Sacred Ordinary Days Planners  https://sacredordinarydays.com Creativity: Join Eilidh and Paige in sharing photos each week of Lent  that capture the word of the day: http://www.rethinkchurch.org/articles/spirituality/2017-lenten-photo-a-day-practice  ...
They Can’t All Be Home Runs

They Can’t All Be Home Runs

Some days are mediocre.  I say this after a museum tour last week that just never really clicked.  I’ve had hard tours before, but there is usually something that rises up from the tour time that redeems it.  This group last week were lovely kids.  The chaperones were helpful.  I was the one that was off.  Nothing really landed with the group.  There was no spark.  I trudged through the pieces and tried to make something good happen.  Not that it was an awful tour.  I’m sure the kids went home excited about what they had seen and having learned something.  I just know it was not my best. I’ve felt this way before, about sermons, dinner gatherings, blog posts, parenting moments, time with friends, and much more.  And then I have to remind myself that ok is good enough.  Trying to be perfect all the time is harmful.  Trying to make each day great makes all days difficult.  I am learning that it is actually enough to just be.  I will have awesome tours and middling ones.  I’ll have special moments and ordinary ones.  There is beauty and life in it all....
Making Room for God

Making Room for God

This past Sunday was the first in the season of Lent, which is the time of the church year when we prepare ourselves for Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Most folks know Lent as a time to give something up.  This season our community is focusing on how we make room for God in our lives.  For some of us it does mean giving something up.  We talked this week at dinner about how Facebook can be a great time waster, or how we can lose a whole day binge watching the latest release on Netflix.  So some of us are working in this season to limit those kinds of activities.  Others of us feel a deep need for centering.  Our days are busy caring for grandkids or juggling work and life.  So some of us are working to create times of devotion and prayer in our days.  Others of us feel isolated and alone. We get into our heads too much and feel almost like islands unto ourselves.  So those of us are finding ways to connect and working on opening to others.  Others of us feel overwhelmed by it all, and so are choosing to practice getting rid of a bag of stuff each day of Lent in an attempt to physically reduce the stuff in our lives.  So of us feel stuck in a rut and are exploring ways to try new things by going to local theatre productions or spending time practicing a new art form. I invite you to consider this season how you might make room for God in your life.  In this church season...