Walking With the Spirit: The Heart of Prayer
……an all-day conference on prayer at Atonement Lutheran Church
1900 Westfall Road, Rochester NY 14618
Saturday, April 27, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. – Romans 12:12
How do we walk with the Spirit? How do we listen to God’s heart? How do we give thanks for the blessings we have been given? How do we ask for help when the going gets tough? Through prayer.
You are invited to refresh your prayer life and become more aware of the powerful presence of God in your life every single day.
Join us as we walk with the Spirit and open our hearts to prayer. The Good Bookstore will also be here with books and other materials for purchase.
Registration fee of $30 includes lunch and conference materials. Four workshops will be each offered twice, once in the morning and again in the afternoon. Space is limited and pre-registration by April 19, 2013 is strongly encouraged.
GENERAL SESSION & KEYNOTE ADDRESS
The Church at Prayer, Praise and in Thanksgiving with the Psalms – Professor Mark Bartusch
Nearly 2500 years after the Book of Psalms emerged as the prayer and hymn book of ancient Israel, it continues to reflect the faith of God's people in various circumstances of life, bringing to expression our deepest feelings not only of joy and confidence and thanksgiving, but also of loss, fear, and loneliness. We will examine the diversity of psalm types whose overall movement is from prayer to praise.
Professor Mark Bartusch is a member of the Department of Theology at Valparaiso University and an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Psalms: The Laments in the Life of Faith - Professor Mark Bartusch
Our Psalm focus continues as we read, reflect on, and talk together about selected psalms of complaint or lamentation. We will also spend some time thinking about what it means to have such psalms as part of our biblical heritage, as well as how they continue to speak to us "from faith and for faith."
Pencils, Pens and Prayers - Deborah Johnson, Ed.D.
If you like words (or drawing) this workshop is for you. If you are a longtime “journal keeper” or have wondered what you could ever say, come share with and learn from others about the spiritual discipline of Journaling. This age old art is opened to you… all you need is paper and a writing instrument. Perhaps all you need is a computer and keyboard. Whatever your choice… this is an opportunity to extend your prayer experience. Come and “fill your paper with breathings of your heart”. (William Wordsworth)
Praying the Daily Office - Pastor Daniel Hoffman, STS
Explore the tradition of the church's prayer offices such as Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline, and learn how we can reclaim them as a spiritual discipline, individually and as communities of faith. We will examine the history of the daily office, share the resources of these prayers, and consider a variety of practices all with an expectation of giving our own prayer lives a discipline that is ordered by the Word, centered in Christ and faith forming.
You Call That Prayer? - Reverend Deb Swift
Prayer takes many forms, but often we only think in terms of words and spoken language. God knows all languages including emotions, art, music, movement, creative use of the environment, and more. Explore alternative prayer styles and discover those that work best for you in your relationship with God. Write your own prayer chants, engage in “Breath Prayers” while walking, standing or sitting, and learn how to pray “beyond words”.
Break beverages will include coffee, tea and water. As we try to be good stewards of the earth, we will not offer bottled water but will have a water cooler available, so please bring along your favorite water bottle to refill throughout the day.
The registration form, conference brochure, conference poster and newsletter are available to view online or download. These are listed below simply click on the name of the file to view on-line or click on the corresponding blue arrow to the right to download.
For more information about Walking With the Spirit, contact the church office at 585-442-1018.