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Finding the Presence through Presence

John 6:35-42 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

The last few weeks the Revised Common Lectionary scripture readings use the imagery of bread to convey a deep truth. God coming and giving himself to us in something as thought ordinary as bread. While reflecting on this weeks lectionary reading I was struck by the above verses. In particular, how the crowd misses God in plain sight. Precisely because God was so close. Isn’t God out there, over there, or up there? Surely God isn’t the son of my neighbor, surely God doesn’t come this close, to my village, to my neighborhood. Yet that is exactly how God comes to us. As Paula D’Arcy says, “God comes to us disguised as our life.” And as Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote “Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God. But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.”  Take a second to breath those two quotes in and let them wash over you. Where ever you are right now is Holy Ground and God is present.  

Yet, how often are we really here. Really fully present to where God is in our lives, which is always the present moment. This is one gift of contemplation, to be more fully present to the moment, more mindful, thus more alive. To be as Jesus tells us “be awake” and “staying watchful” as “the birds of the air’ and “the lilies of the field”. 
Mark your calendars! We are returning to the Prairie.When: September 19th at 2pm
Where: Spring Creek Prairie. 11700 SW 100th St, Denton, NE 68339
What: A celebration of the coming Fall Equinox through sound, silence, and prairie. 

More info to come…

Fall Planning and Moving into the Future.Please consider helping us plan for the future of Contemplate Lincoln including Fall programing by filling out these short surveys. 

General Survey (for everyone)
House Church Survey (for anyone who has attended our worship service or anyone who is interested in a weekly contemplative worship service) 

All events are on Zoom!
Links: 

Lectio Divina Mondays 9:15am: Register via this link on zoom
Pray the scriptures. We read a passage 4 times with short silences followed by discussion.

Centering Prayer Tuesdays 9:15am: Register via this link on zoom. Simple contemplative prayer in which we consent to the transformative power of God in lives.

Contemplative Wespace Wednesday 9:15am: Register via this link on zoom. A whole body meditation awakening us to our deep connection to each other, physical reality, and each other. Our time also includes a brief check-in. 

BioSpiritual Focusing Thursdays 9:15am: Register via this link on zoom. A practice that provides a way to bring the body’s sense for grace and God into everyday awareness, helping you to become more fully present to yourself, others and to God. 

Contemplative Movement Fridays 5:30pm-6:30pm: https://zoom.us/j/386874404
A fun, playful, and contemplative whole body experience. Beginning in August, Contemplative Movement will also be back live, in-person at 135 N. 31st street!

House Church Sunday’s 4pm-5pm: Register via this link on zoom. Worship, conversation, and contemplation. A house church style church service with Eucharist. 

Contemplative Conversation Sundays at 2:30 PM (The Work of the People Short Films & Other Lectures and Talks) Register via this link on zoomWe watch films with today’s influential theologians and contemplatives gaining wisdom and finishing with a time of sharing. 


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