Received: 2022-09-27 00:38:44

Please pray for my friend Brenda who is undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer. She is leaving for a short trip to New Brunswick to visit her newest grandson. May she feel well during this time.

Activities
Land Acknowledgement Practice

If you are sitting on a chair or couch, I’m going to ask you to stretch out of your comfort zone for a moment. Move out of your seat and take a seat on the ground instead. Allow yourself to… 

Week of Dec 13

People in a hurry never have time for recovery. Their minds have little time to meditate and pray so that problems can be put in perspective. In short, people in our age are showing signs of physiological disintegration because we are living at a pace that is too fast for our bodies. 

Activities
Encouragement | Being Present in Absence

How does this impact our spiritual practices of loving one another well? How do we be present in absence? Is that even possible?! How can we help carry each other’s hearts, when I can’t be in the room with you? 

Breath Prayer
Does Breathing Happen To You? | Breath Prayer

I want you to do nothing but notice your breathing for the next few seconds. Now I’m going to ask you a weird question… do you think breathing is something that you do, or something that happens to you? 

Reflection
New Year Prayer of Examen

Well we’re at the beginning of a brand new year and I don’t know how many of you are into New Year’s Resolutions.... 

Posture Prayer
Upside Down Christmas Posture Prayer

I don’t know about you, but in my life I know there are a lot of things I’d like to see God turn upside down.... 

Reflection
Gratitude | Sparking Joy

Lately I've been using a journal called the "5-minute journal" and it's a daily discipline of beginning my day with writing down 3 things that I am grateful for and then closing my day by writing down 3 amazing things that happened.... 

Breath Prayer
Prince of Peace | Breath Prayer

Isaiah tells us that despite the fact that government of all humanity's upon Jesus' shoulders, his core identity was as the Prince of Peace...... 

Reflection
Practicing Hope

Hope is the practice of looking at a bad situation in front of you, and believing hard that good can still win... 

Contemplations
Blessing in the Chaos | Practicing Rest

We often fill this space with a lot of words and a lot of thoughts, and in that, sometimes we can miss the presence and beauty of God so often found more deeply in silence, in stillness, in the quiet spaces... 

Contemplations
What Is God Like?

The words that Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner have put together, paint a beautiful picture (actually a bunch of them) of who God is, how God loves, and the place each one of us can find inside those arms... 

Posture Prayer
Gethsemane Prayer

 

Activities
Tearing Down Other Gods

We want to consider the gods we’ve allowed to exist alongside, or even ahead of God... 

Reflection
The Prodigal: Who You're Not

Many if not all of us have a mixed-up narrative we tell ourselves about who we are, how we don’t measure up, don’t belong, how we aren’t enough... 

Guided Prayer
Drum Circle

 

Guided Prayer
The Lord's Prayer | A Prayer for "Us"

The Lord’s Prayer is familiar to lots of us. Maybe the one downside to memorizing scripture is that the words can become so familiar, we kind of ‘check out’ even as we’re saying them... 

Breath Prayer
Ruach | Breath Prayer

As if seeing Jesus alive after witnessing his death wasn’t strange enough, Jesus does this really odd thing where he leans in and breathes on them. To make it even more weird, as He breathes on them, He tells them to receive the Holy Spirit... 

Posture Prayer
The Weight of Grief

 

Activities
Joy & Laughter

Today, we want to practice something many people find hard to experience, and that’s JOY. Believe it or not, joy is something that can be practiced... 

Contemplations
Trees | Visio Divina

How often do you stop and notice a tree? 

Reflection
Specific Prayers in Specific Places

I want you to take a minute right now to look away from this screen, to whatever is around you. Inside, outside, alone or with other people doesn’t matter. Where are you right now, and what do you notice about the physical space around you? 

Posture Prayer
Holding Joy & Pain | Posture Prayer

How are things going these days? Are you feeling like life is filled with good, hopeful, thriving kind of stuff? OR. Are the clouds feeling kind of heavy? 

Posture Prayer
I Open #2 | Posture Prayer

I’m going to invite you into a reflective posture prayer with me. And that just means we will use our bodies to also communicate to God what we’re saying with our words... 

Breath Prayer
Peace of God | Anxiety Breath & Posture Prayer

Anchoring ourselves through prayerful breath and movement can be a powerful way of releasing anxiety and worry, and becoming more grounded in our connection to God. It can also be a way to engage our heart, soul, mind, and strength in worship... 

Reflection
Family of Origin

You’ve probably heard the saying “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” – which could come as good or bad news to you, depending on how you feel about the “tree” you fell from... 

Breath Prayer
Headline News Prayer

Have you seen the headlines lately? There’s not much there about the “marvelous doings” of God.. 

Contemplations
Encore | Imaginative Prayer

Do you ever, like the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes, find life boring? 

Guided Prayer
Lament

I’m not sure whether the recent announcement of an extended lockdown caught you off guard or not. But regardless of what we anticipated, for a lot of us, it was just one more let down after a year full of disappointments... 

Reflection
Craving

Have you ever noticed the way cravings affect your body? 

Contemplations
Greeting the Dawn

My favourite time of the day right now is between 5-6am. (I know I’ve instantly lost many of you… but stick with me!) 

Reflection
De-Centering Prayer

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of a “centering” prayer before – maybe you’ve even tried one – but this morning we’re going to practice something together called a “De-Centering Prayer.” 

Posture Prayer
I Open #1 | Posture Prayer

Posture prayer is a simple and holistic way of praying, engaging our whole selves: hearts, minds, and bodies. 

Contemplations
First Things First

 

Breath Prayer
Be Loved | Breath Prayer

The very good news of a life lived with God, is that even when we don’t know what tomorrow will hold, we know the One who holds tomorrow... 

Contemplations
Rhythms of Grace

“Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” I love that translation of this verse... 

Guided Prayer
Mental Health Prayer

For some, mental health has been a lifelong battle, and the current situation is just one more wave that you did not need... 

Contemplations
Holy Spirit Prayer

 

Contemplations
Peace in the Eye of the Storm

 

Breath Prayer
Jesus Wept | Breath Prayer

 

Breath Prayer
Be Still and Know | Breath Prayer

 

Breath Prayer
Christ Be All Around Me | Breath Prayer

 

Guided Prayer
Pray for One Another

We believe prayer does something real, that it has genuine power to change the atmosphere. Not only for ourselves but in our collective experience of God in this world. So today we are going to take some time to practice praying – for one another... 

Breath Prayer
Holy Spirit Come | Breath Prayer

 

Guided Prayer
Love Languages

Awhile back, a popular author categorized some of the ways we express and receive love into five different ‘love languages.’ Have you ever thought about the ways that God loves us? 

Contemplations
Love Languages: Gift-Giving

Awhile back, a popular author categorized some of the ways we express and receive love into five different ‘love languages.’ But have you ever thought about the ways that God loves us? 

Guided Prayer
Love Languages: Quality Time

Awhile back, a popular author categorized some of the ways we express and receive love into five different ‘love languages.’ But have you ever thought about the ways that God loves us? 

Contemplations
Love Languages: Words of Affirmation

Awhile back, a popular author categorized some of the ways we express and receive love into five different ‘love languages.’ But have you ever thought about the ways that God loves us? 

Guided Prayer
Love Languages: Acts of Service

Awhile back, a popular authorcategorized some of the ways we express and receive love into five different ‘love languages.’ But have you ever thought about the ways that God loves us? 

Contemplations
Children of God

Remind yourself that you are God’s cherished kid, and that nothing in this world can separate you from that fierce parental love. 

Bible Study
S.O.A.P. Bible Reading #1

SOAP is an acronym that stands for Scripture, Observation, Application & Prayer. 

Reflection
Gratitude #1

What if gratitude is less a feeling, and more a mindset or a perspective, something we practice, not because we’re thankful but in order to become more thankful? 

Reflection
Generosity

The Bible reminds us that “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1) and that we are merely stewards of the things currently under our care. 

Guided Prayer
Blessing Our Enemies

I don’t know who comes to your mind, when we talk about how we break this, "Do not murder" commandment and harbour murder in our hearts. But likely somebody does. Perhaps a few somebodies. 

Guided Prayer
Blessing Each Other

Let's start to make an intentional practice of noticing people, even strangers in a crowd, but rather than comparing and judging them, pause to intentionally pray a blessing over them in your heart. 

Guided Prayer
Silence | Health & Humility

Not sure if you’ve noticed the world seems to be a bit noisy these days. In fact we are inundated by so much noise, it’s actually making our souls sick.... 

Contemplations
First Things First

From the moment our bodies awaken, our eyes begin to open, and we enter into the ordinary wonder of a brand new day... 

Posture Prayer
Gethsemane Prayer

Jesus submits to God’s way, rejecting his own instincts and surrendering control of his life into the hands of God... 

Breath Prayer
Holy Spirit Come

We are going to focus in on a phrase that invites us to reflect on the activity of the Spirit in our lives. Holy Spirit Come... 

Contemplations
Holy Spirit Prayer

When it comes to prayer, many of us feel out of our depth to say the least. Often we don’t know what say – not the words to use, nor what thoughts or feelings to express. 

Breath Prayer
Jesus Wept

Perhaps you are familiar with what is famously known as the shortest verse in all of scripture, John 11:35: "Jesus wept"... 

Contemplations
Wounded Saviour

Think of the way that Jesus – the one who just literally conquered death and proved his dominance over mortality – reveals who he is to Thomas. Instead of Jesus performing another miracle to convince, He invites his disciple to touch his wounds.... 

Activities
Lament

Lament is an important – and beautiful – part of a life of faith... 

Reflection
Love Your Enemies

There’s no small amount of conflict going on in the world right now. Probably always true but it feels especially loud right now... 

Guided Prayer
Silence | Be Still

I don’t know how you’re finding the constant noise and endlessly swirling turmoil in the world these days. I often find myself feeling exhausted – like soul-level exhausted – by it. Wouldn’t you like to take a break from it all? An actual, real break? Wouldn’t that feel so good? 

Week of April 17th

“Many times – especially when we feel like God hasn’t delivered on our life the way we’d want him to – our instinct is to revert back to the familiar and to go back to what we know from the past. But the invitation of Jesus is to let go of our grip on the past – on the stable, the secure, the known and familiar – and be willing, in faith, to embrace something brand new.” 

Week of April 24, 2022

This week we are going to invite you to engage deeply in the practice of Breath Prayer, with a different Breath Prayer prompt each morning. Although breathing is something we do all day every day – usually without even thinking about it – our own breath moving in and out of our lungs can also become a profound place of encounter with God. 

Bible Study
S.O.A.P. Bible Reading #2

This SOAP method of Bible study is a practice we often encourage to make a regular part of your time with God. Digging into and interacting with scripture is such a good spiritual-growth exercise, such a good place to catch a deeper glimpse of God. But even if you’ve never read the Bible before – don't worry; it’s not complicated and we’ll walk through it together step by step. 

Month of May 2022

The only foundation of true Christianity, is the person of Christ. Being loved by Christ, filled with the life of Christ, and following in the way of Christ. Therefore it just makes great sense to – on a regular basis – slow down and make time to look extra closely at the life of Jesus. This May we are inviting everyone into a month-long challenge of reading through the Gospel of Luke – one of the best and most beautiful, not to mention most readable – accounts of the life of Jesus. 

Bible Study
Journaling the Bible - Psalm 23

Because of that, interacting with Scripture is like a ‘superfood’ of spiritual growth. And yet as we build the habit of reading scripture into our rhythms – which is excellent – we can start to speed over parts of the story that we’ve heard over and over again. And so sometimes what’s right in front of us can become invisible, because we’re so used to it. 

Contemplations
Examen | The Garden of Your Soul

“The Examen.” This is a practice that combines prayer and reflection that essentially distills to two questions: “Where did I sense God? And where did I sense God missing?” 

Activities
Gratitude #2

Today we want to engage in the practice of Gratitude. And to do this, you’ll need a physical piece of paper – and something to write with. In our day-to-day lives, it can be easy to focus on whatever feels like it isn’t going the way we want, and slip often into grumbling and complaining. And that behavior can have a very negative impact on our emotional and even physical well-being. 

Reflection
The Names of God

Whether you were named after a person of significance, or because of the meaning of your name, or just because your parents liked it, our names have meaning to us. They represent who we are. And that can be even more true when it comes to our names for God. The Bible is full of interesting names given to God... 

Reflection
What's Your Story?

Your story reminds me of my story, my story hopefully reminds you a bit of yours, together our stories join the countless other stories of Jesus followers that tell this great big epic tale of God’s love pouring and playing itself out in the world... 

Guided Prayer
Cell Phone Prayer

We want to experiment right now with a simple prayer exercise -- a chance to share some honest and personal thoughts with God about what’s going on in our lives. To help us do this, if you own a cell phone, you’ll want to grab that right now... 

Activities
Spiritual Gifts Assessment

Think of it like an online personality quiz – this one is designed to help you better understand how God has uniquely wired you with gifts and talents that make our church a more well-rounded and healthier community... 

Activities
Journaling the Bible - The Lord's Prayer

You might be familiar with The Lord’s Prayer, it’s one of the most frequently quoted passages of the Bible. But what good is memorizing the Bible, if it doesn’t mean anything to you? 

Reflection
Celebration

If Joy was a colour, what would it be? If Joy was a food, what would it be? If Joy was a place, where is that place? 

Week of September 11, 2022

Click here for a selection of Daily Spiritual Practices to engage with each day this week! 

Guided Prayer
Loving Kindness Prayer

I want you to simply picture yourself, either as you are now, or maybe a younger version of yourself. See yourself in your mind, and just try to hold yourself with a soft, open, and loving heart. And now imagine yourself literally being held, cupped by God’s great big hands. 

Reflection
Examen | Last Week

This is a practice of looking backwards and trying to notice where God was at work in the past, in order to more easily spot and open up to where God is at work in our present moments. Since the regular noise of life tends to drown out that awareness. 

Reflection
Three Lies of Identity

In his book entitled, “Who Are We?” late author and priest Henri Nouwen describes three key lies of identity that can mess with our heads and create barriers to us experiencing the love of both God and community. He names these lies as: • I am what I have • I am what I do • I am what other people say or think of me 

Contemplations
On Eagles Wings

No matter your age, young or old, at times life can be exhausting. We carry all kinds of pressure at work, or school, in family, or even with friends. 

Week of September 18, 2022

Click here for a selection of Daily Spiritual Practices to engage with each day this week! 

Contemplations
Imaginative Prayer | Wounded Healer

I want to invite you to close your eyes and picture your hurt – the ways you’ve experienced pain and hurt in the church, maybe generally or maybe very specifically or even recently – picture it as an actual wound on your body. 

Reflection
Examen | Church History

Examen is a practice of examining your life backwards, over a given period of time, and prayerfully reflecting on two things: 1) Where you noticed a sense of God’s presence, or closeness; and 2) Where you felt absent or disconnected from that sense. 

Week of September 25, 2022

Click here for a selection of Daily Spiritual Practices to engage with each day this week!