CCH Lent: The Way of Joy

The Congregational Church of Huntington, United Church of Christ
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Weekly Lenten Message

It seems, at times, that we are  living in a world that is dominated by fear and ruled by anger. The best way to counter the negativity around us to cultivate joy in our lives. As the Bible says, “perfect love casts out fear.” For Lent we will be building inner peace and joy in our lives through deep practices of prayer. Each week in worship we will begin with a Taize chant and Pastor Mark will preach about the path toward true joy. This will include prayer practices to be done each day during the week. Our Deacons are also distributing prayer journals to record the insights you gain in prayer. To reinforce our worship services and to spread the message to those who can’t join us in church we are posting Pastor Mark’s sermons on the church website and sending this weekly email.

The Weekly Prayer Assignment

We invite you to engage each day in a prayer of intention. First, find a quiet place for your prayers and set aside 10 minutes each day to practice. Sit comfortably with your feet flat, or with crossed legs on the floor if you prefer. Close your eyes and begin by focusing on your breath. You may repeat the Easter Orthodox Jesus prayer (Pastor Mark’s version) with your breath. While breathing in think to yourself “Jesus Christ, brother of mine,” and while breathing out, “Be present with me, here and now.”
After several minutes begin to think about your heart’s desire. What do you want most for yourself, your family and your world? Next, think of one intention for your day and think of it in the form of a prayer. For example, “Dear God, may I be more loving today.” Or ,”Dear God, may I be more patient today.” Continue to think of this and your breath until the 10 minutes is up. (You can use a timer to help keep track). When you are done record your intention, and any other insights, in your prayer journal.

“The Book of Joy,” by the Dalai Lama, Bishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams is our source book for this series. It also contains many prayer practices including the ones we will be using in the Lenten series at church.

Pastor Mark’s Sunday sermon can be found at “The Way of Joy”.


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