The Way of Joy

Are you suffering from:

Constant news watching?

Yelling at the television?

Screaming and cursing on Facebook?

High anxiety?

What you need is more joy in your life. No, not just a little happiness, but true joy. True joy is, as the Dalai Lama says, “Genuine happiness consists in those spiritual qualities of love, compassion, patience, tolerance and forgiveness and so on. For it is these which provide both for our happiness and others happiness.” This is an inner peace that provides us with hope for the future, strength for the present and grace to forgive the past. True joy, though, does not come by accident or in one simple action. Joy is cultivated by spiritual practices. During Lent The Congregational Church of Huntington will focus on prayer and meditation practices that help to build this joy. Our study text is “The Book of Joy,” by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu which is not only a wonderful story of these two spiritual guides, but also a workbook full of prayer practices. We will also have prayer books in which to record our thoughts while doing the spiritual practices that will be introduced each week in worship. In addition, we will experience in worship each week chant-like music from the Taize community in France that is designed to help us connect with God.