Feb. 2nd Only
Grace Lutheran, Burnaby
Our Saviour's Lutheran, Prince George
Ascension Lutheran, Edmonton
Hope Lutheran, Calgary
Messiah Lutheran, Prince Albert
St. Olaf Lutheran, Swift Current
Erickson Lutheran, Erickson
Hilldale Lutheran, Thunder Bay
15 home attendees
PATHWAYS TO PRAYER
There are many ways to respond to God in prayer.
Perhaps one of the most familiar is the Lord’s Prayer.
How might this rich and simple prayer, which Jesus gave his disciples when they asked him how to pray, become more meaningful for us?
On February 2nd over 35 participants, including our home attendees joined Dr. Faith Nostbakken once more as we considered the Lord's Prayer and its invitation to intimacy with God.
We examined its call to radical living that addresses injustice, extends grace,
and abides in hope.
We also delved into how approaching Scripture with our imaginations
may be a way of listening to God.
Some felt they had no imagination.
Others were cautious of scripture as a pathway to prayer.
Jesus’ own parables and sayings, however, relied on the imaginative engagement of his hearers.
Together with Dr. Nostbakken we shared in the continuing
journey of prayer - learning to open ourselves to God’s desire for relationship through the Lord's Prayer,
and allowing God’s Word to connect to us through our senses and our willingness to enter the Gospel stories.
It was an enlightening experience!
Dr. Faith Nostbakken grew up in Saskatchewan and values her prairie roots. She has a Ph.D in English Literature from the University of Alberta and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Newman Theological College in Edmonton. She is an experienced spiritual director, a facilitator of retreats, and a member of the leadership team that trains spiritual directors at the Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton. She is a diaconal minister of the ELCIC, an ecumenical officer for the ABT Synod, and member of Glory Lutheran Church in Sherwood Park, Alberta.
PATHWAYS TO PRAYER 1 comments:
"I enjoyed Dr. Nostbakken teachings, the variety of sources, and her examples from her own life."
"Wonderful session - I felt challenged, empowered and strengthened in my faith."
"It’s very good to be able to attend online, as driving is not attractive anymore. This makes Lay Academy courses available for a wide geographical range. It was quite exciting to participate with so many different people."
Rev. Paul Sartison grew up on the doorstep of the Rocky Mountains, but has lived most of his life in Saskatchewan.
During his time there he served as a parish pastor in Rhein and Estevan, as a chaplain at the Parkridge Centre in Saskatoon and at the University of Saskatchewan. When he’s not too busy with the work of being a pastor at Epiphany Lutheran in Winnipeg, he’s likely to be found cross-country skiing (flatlands or mountains, it’s all the same to him!), cycling, making some music, or lounging around with a good book.