Come away and rest awhile.
Be renewed in Body, Mind and Spirit.
Lent and Easter are a busy time in the life of a congregation, and most especially for clergy and other ministry leaders. Now that your planning is done (or nearly so) take a day for yourself. Get some rest. Visit with colleagues. Pray.
You are encouraged to come and stay for the entire day, but you are certainly free to come or as much or little as you are able. See the schedule below.
This day is being offered as a gift to you, so that you might be more ready to serve those Christ has given you to accompany into this coming season.
Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.
214-526-7291 or info@iVitalMinistry.org
- 8:30am – Building opens – coffee and conversation
- 9am – Gather for introductions and morning prayer
- 10 am – Tai Chi, or individual / group prayer and conversation
- 11am – Sharing our hopes for the Lenten Journey
- Noon – Lunch
- 1pm – Silent meditation or small group discussion
- 2:30 – Prayer Exercises
- 3:30 – Closing
Lunch and snacks will be provided during the day.
You are encouraged to bring friends and colleagues, from your own congregation or other settings.
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Ash Wednesday and Lent
the Spiritual Reset Button for your life.
Secular and religious people have many important things in common. One of those, that is being remembered and honored by Christians today, is the need to experience repentance and forgiveness. Who among us has not fallen short of the moral, ethical or relational standards we set for ourselves, to say nothing of the standards others try to set for us? When I fail to honor the sacredness of friendship and love. When I make a promise that I am unable to keep. When I speak words in anger or fear that assault and wound. When I neglect my duty to nurture and care. When I tear down rather than build up, degrade rather than construct, poison rather than nourish. When my silence supports systems of oppression, particularly when I then gain in the process.
When I do these things, what then? How can I move from this position to a status of restored relationship? What can I offer, what do I need to receive? Who can help?
In my own life, I have found the story of Jesus to be a compelling witness to my own brokenness and frailty and lack, because he shared in it, even to the point of death and fear of the same. For me the greatest pain in my own failures is not that I have committed them, but that I may be unable to experience restoration. What if things can’t be repaired (some can’t)? What if time runs out and I never get to say, “I’m sorry,” and hear, “You are forgiven”? What if… I live not in certainty, but in hope.
I hope that you know where to turn, to whom you can go, to find the help that you need when you face these issues in your own life. I also hope that you are able to extend compassion and mercy to others, not because they deserve it, but because you need it too.
He sat in his car, which was parked in front of his office. The voice mail he just received reminded him of the program at his daughter’s elementary school that day, and his son’s basketball game that evening. His day was meetings from 9am till 9pm, with quick breaks for lunch and dinner. Again, he found himself choosing between his commitments to his work, which he recognized as important and valuable, and his family, which he valued beyond measure. “After all,” he thought, “I’m doing all of this for them, aren’t I?”
True, we all have choices to make, and often are faced with far more opportunities than we can possibly entertain. Yet this fellow has built a professional life that he feels is robbing him of time with his wife and children – time he can’t get back. He does not want to continue this way, but also does not know what to change, or how. All he knows is this, “I want my life back.”
Where can you turn when faced with this dilemma? Who has been there before, and can walk with you toward the life you desire, the life you dream of? Contact iVM and let us connect you with someone who can help.