As the great modern philosopher Ferris Bueller once said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Those words have never felt more true than they do today. I feel like I can't keep up with all the things life throws my way. The inbox keeps filling up, family obligations... The news is constantly changing, rushing from one important story to the next... Okay, I'm tired just writing that list.
Let's face it, we live in a fast paced, on demand lifestyle. It can be exhausting. We keep rushing to accomplish the next task. This is nothing new. From the very beginning humans have had to be reminded to REST! No really, from the beginning. The first creation story is set up to show the importance of Sabbath rest. The third commandment is to keep the Sabbath, meaning rest in God, don't work. Jesus used to go up in the mountains to pray, away from the crowds and demands of society.
But I digress. We are great at doing and struggle to simply be. This month, we are offering you a chance to slow down and be. Be still. Be peaceful. Be restful. Be with God. Be with each other. Be with yourself. Every week you will have the opportunity to experience a different prayer practice. So instead of talking about God, you will have the opportunity to talk to God.
The hope is that you will take some time in the month of November to reflect on the theme Rooted in Love, and be nourished by the Holy Spirit. There will be a mixture of crafts, meditations, video discussions and labyrinth walks. You are encouraged to drop in and experience as many or as few workshops as feels right to you. You can find out more information about the November Interterm here: plymouthucc.org/rooted
My prayer is that these workshops will be a gift to you in the midst of your busy lives. I pray this will be an oasis of peace and calm in the midst of your week. May this be a time for the Holy Spirit to draw you in to Her quiet center. May you be rooted in love.
Thank you to the Rooted planning team for cultivating this month of spiritual experiences. Thank you Renae Matkins, Tricia Medlock, Denise Morrison, Joey Prows, Sharon Smith and Mackenzie Wiggs. Also thank you Plymouth! We are able to offer opportunities like this because of your generosity and financial support. Thank you.
Grace and Peace,
Mandy Hall began her ministry at Plymouth in August of 2014. She is originally from Michigan where she followed her call to ministry to become a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. Her passion is helping young people grow in faith in creative and meaningful ways. Read more