Lend me your ears: Listening to God and Neighbor

This past Advent, we engaged in a sermon series on "fear." It became clear as the series unfolded that fear often comes from the unknown. To ease the unknown, communication is helpful. It seems that fear of others who are not like us, or situations unfamiliar to us, often come because we don't interact enough to understand one another.  Communication with others can happen using a variety of tools, but the most common method involves speaking and listening. Some of us are good at speaking articulately. Some of us are good at listening attentively. Both are necessary. We want to take the opportunity this Lenten season to enhance our listening skills as a means of deepening our connection with God and neighbor. Using the gospel texts for Lent, our sermon series will pay close attention to the people, places, and messages in the scriptures as we listen to the words we hear and what they might be asking of us.
 
In addition to the sermon series, there will be other ways to participate in the "practice of listening" during the season of Lent:
*We will have two opportunities to listen to our neighbors as we continue our White Privilege series. (Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00pm with Rev. Dr. Stephen Ray and Wednesday March 14 at 7:00pm with the Honorable Everett Mitchell, along with Christ the Solid Rock Church & Lake Edge Lutheran Church).
*We will offer a session to reflect on those evenings on Sunday, March 25 at 8:45am.
*We will have the opportunity to listen to others in our congregation speak a word about what "listening" means to them at our three Vespers Services. (Wednesdays February 21, 28, and March 21 at 7:00pm).
*There will be a "Sermon Conversation Time" following Worship on Sunday, March 18. Come talk with others about what you are hearing and considering from the sermon series.
This season we will  reflect and respond on our faith journey using the practice of listening. Join us!
~Eldonna and Ann

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 12:17 pm in Featured Content.

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