SPIRITUAL FORMATION and contemplative prayer practices, like reflective reading of scripture, enable us to slow the pace of our busy minds and lives. Without reflective moments, our minds race along, captured by the most recent trend or product. It’s astonishing how many words and images we encounter each day, all competing for our attention. It is more important than ever to find time when we may be called into praise and hope for victory over life’s challenges. We receive this gift in worship with others. Worship invites us into reflection on our own life through scripture, exhortation of the Word, prayers, hymns, and support of the community. We emerge refreshed and ready for the week ahead.
—Dwight H. Judy
A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life
From page 34 of A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life by Dwight H. Judy. Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
Does worship tend to give you adequate space for silence, for the opportunity to receive and reflect on the message? Share your thoughts.
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty firmament!
—Psalm 150:1, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Come Holy Spirit, come.
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