December 2020 Newsletter

December 2020 Advent and Christmas Season with
Contemplate Lincoln

This December Contemplate Lincoln and J-Tech Construction are partnering to serve Lincoln through Care Packages for the Quarantined. A program to serve those experiencing a loss of income under quarantine or with a positive COVID-19 test.

“A care package delivered to your door with approximately 7 days of easily prepared food, vitamin C, and vitamin D. For those in our community expiring a loss of income due to a positive COVID-19 test or quarantine and unable to participate in other programs offered by other agencies in the community. Limit one per household. Requests filled in the order they are received and subject to availability. Must live in Lincoln, NE.”Donate to the ProgramRequest a Care PackageGive to the gift of Contemplation this GivingTuesday. 98% of our support comes from individual donations like yours. Your support is crucial to our offerings, programs, and services. Help us continue to teach, promote, and provide sacred space for contemplative spiritual practices.Support Contemplate Lincoln
The Christmas Story: A Liturgy of Scripture and Silence

Our annual tradition continues, this year online via Zoom. Join us for an hour of scripture and silence as we mix the Christmas story with periods of reflection and silent prayer. We will begin with a brief children’s reflection before beginning the full liturgy. Get the Zoom Link

All events are on Zoom!
Links: 

Noon-hour silent prayer Weekdays 12:15pm-1:00pm: https://zoom.us/j/735301950
A 20-minute silent prayer sit with opening prayer and closing reading. No experience necessary. 
Lectio Divina Mondays 9:30am: Register via this link on zoom
Pray the scriptures. We read a passage 4 times with short silences followed by discussion.
Contemplative Movement Fridays 5:30pm-6:30pm: https://zoom.us/j/386874404
A fun, playful, and contemplative whole body experience.
House Church Sunday’s 4pm-5pm: https://zoom.us/j/993530287
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) Register via this link on zoom
We watch films with today’s influential theologians and contemplatives gaining wisdom and finishing with a time of sharing. A prayer by Bruce Sanguin

As the shadows lengthen, we enter into a season in which we dare to cross the threshold into the dark. Help us, O Holy One –you who are discovered in the silence of the cave and the darkness of the womb –to learn the mysteries of life that are obscured by bright lights and buzzing brains. With creatures all across this planet, help us to slow our heart rate, lower our activity level, and find a safe place to hunker down when all the world pressures us to hurry up. Yes, in this Advent season, help us to slow down for Christmas, that we might attend deeply to the birth of the Christ within us. May this be the gift we offer, to ourselves and our loved ones, as we wait in holy darkness for the surprising birth of God. Amen.