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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

End of semester worship starts this week!!

28-30"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." From Matthew 11:28&ff, the Message

The last three Sundays this semester the PSF will sponsor a time of prayer and reflection for students starting at 7 pm at First Presbyterian Church.  Each week will have a specific theme:  Faith, Love, Hope.  There will be a time for anyone to share something about the theme each week and/or to reflect and listen to what others share.  Each week, there will be questions for reflection and quotes around the theme to get you thinking or you can bring in something that reflects the theme:  scripture, art, music, story, etc to share during worship.  However, you don't have to contribute anything and are welcome to come and enjoy a time of learning the unforced rhythms of grace that Christ has laid before us.

Map to FPC (near VFW, downtown).  (http://www.firstpresmorgantown.org/maps.html)

Themes for each week and quotes to ponder. . .
April 18 (Faith):  I love the recklessness of faith.  First you leap, then you grow wings. (William Sloane Coffin)
Questions for reflection:  What is faith?  This week:  How has you faith been challenged?  How has it been supported?  How has it grown?

April 25 (Love):  I believe God is love:  God loves the world.  I believe God loves the world with various kinds of love--the love of creator, a friend, a mother and father, an artist, a lover, a scientist.  (Sally McFague) If we hate ourselves, we can never love others, for love is a gift of oneself. How will you make a gift of that which you hate?  (Coffin)
Question for reflection:  Where have you seen examples of God's love this week?

May 2 (Hope):  But Christ being risen dies no more.  In Christ's resurrection death is not postponed; it is overcome.  (Albert Curry Winn)  Hope criticizes what is, hopelessness rationalizes it.  Hope resists, hopelessness adapts.  (Coffin)
Questions for reflection:  What is hope?  For what do you hope for?

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