Each and every one of us longs to live a life of meaning… A life where our actions reflect the very things we value most… A life where we are living from the truest part of ourselves… The work of shaping a good and beautiful life is slow, intentional, and disciplined work. At Hilliard UMC, we will spend 2018 exploring Jesus’ invitation to his followers to be his disciples and build this good and beautiful life of meaning. And how do we do this with a sense of joy, delight, and playfulness, knowing that God’s grace enfolds us and that it is okay to fall down and get back up as we learn?
Part 2: PRACTICING PRAYER
We now shift to focusing on the specific practices that we build as disciples.
7am & 7pm, ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Pastor David Ziegel
The disciplined life of prayer begins with an honest acknowledgement of who we are before God and a humble recognition of how very much we need God. The psalmist names the ways that it is only by the power of God that we find a way to be made clean and right and new again. This is the posture that we begin with for prayer.
FEBRUARY 18 – GO INTO YOUR CLOSET (but not that kind of closet)
Jesus instructs the crowd to go into their closets when they pray. No one in this day had closets like we do, so it seems that Jesus is asking us to go into a part of ourselves deep within so that we might hear and connect with God more fully. How do we move away from simply lists of what we desire toward ways that move us into the interior spaces of our heart?
FEBRUARY 25 – MY FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (but I can’t see it because I have a log in my eye)
Prayer is the process of taking out the log in our own eye, so that we can see more clearly. We can get preoccupied with all the things going on in the world in regards to others, but this is primarily about us doing our work first.
MARCH 4 – SEARCH ME & KNOW ME
Pastor Karen Muntzing
The work of prayer is an opening up before God to do two things: to help us remember our true selves and to reveal the ways that we are not fully living into our true selves.
MARCH 11 – CHILDREN’S MUSICAL – special worship times at 9:30am & 11am
“Rescue in the Night!” The Story of Daniel in the Lions’ Den
No 8:30am service in the Sanctuary. No 11am worship in Warehouse 839.
It is the act of prayer that gets Daniel thrown into the lions’ den. And it is also the power of that prayer that carries him through and even up against the evil of all those who seek his demise.
MARCH 18 – REMOVING THE DISTRACTIONS
Learning to be still and silent in the midst of life’s everyday distractions is probably the greatest obstacle to a rich prayer life. There is much we can learn from Mary’s decision to let go of the busyness and sit at the feet of Jesus.
MARCH 25 – PRAYING WITH DEPTH
The crowd’s praise and prayers to God of “Hosanna!” were joyful in the moment, but they lacked the depth needed to stay the course when it appeared that Jesus was not the glorious king they expected. How do we develop a prayer life of depth so that our prayers of hosanna still ring true even when life hands us unexpected twists and turns?
7pm, MAUNDY THURSDAY, MARCH 29 – Prayers in the Garden
Pastor Karen Muntzing
After celebrating the Lord’s Supper, Jesus prays the prayer of great anguish. And yet, he yields to the work of what he sees God doing. Where do we find ourselves pressed and crushed? Are we willing to truly allow God’s presence to be with us – even in those moments?
7pm, GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 30
Combined worship at Scioto Ridge UMC, 4343 Dublin Rd, Hilliard.
APRIL 1 – EASTER SUNDAY – PARTICIPATING IN NEW LIFE
Our spiritual practices are the places where we rehearse and “practice” what it means for us to participate in the new life that is ours for the taking each and every day. It is the place where we learn to look for resurrection in the places of death and to believe that God’s rising of Jesus is for our lives as well.
We Started 2018 Here…
Part 1 – PRACTICING RETURNING TO GOD & OUR TRUE SELVES
Pastor April Blaine speaking unless otherwise noted.
JANUARY 7 – A CLOSER LOOK IN THE MIRROR (Lipstick Optional!)
2 Corinthians 3:12-18
JANUARY 14 – STEPPING INTO THE LIGHT (Without Beating Yourself Over the Head)
2 Corinthians 4:1-6
JANUARY 21 – IT’S ALL A GIFT (That’s WAY Better Than Fruitcake!)
2 Corinthians 4:7-15, Pastor Karen Muntzing
JANUARY 28 – MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE (A REAL Transformer)
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10
FEBRUARY 4 – NEW CREATION (You Mean I’m Not Crazy?)
2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2, Dialogue with Gary Williams, Warehouse 839 Band Leader
FEBRUARY 11 – MODERN DAY METHODISTS
2 Corinthians 13:5, 11-13