Monthly Archives: January 2018

February 2018 Shavings Letter

Hello Wildwood,

Awakening
…That moment after you realize that you had been asleep and didn’t know it.
…That experience that suddenly everything fits in ways you couldn’t see before.
…The realization that the world is somehow bigger, more connected and more sacred than you ever suspected.
…The experience of many people who encountered Jesus. It was true in the Bible. It still is.
…It’s the hope for this season called “Lent”- the weeks leading up to Easter. If it has been awhile since you have been startled by God’s presence, amazed by reading a familiar passage or overwhelmed by your connection to others, then perhaps you are ready for a season of…Awakening.

Here are some things that may help:

Sermon Series: Awakenings – Encounters with Jesus
Beginning February 18 – Easter (April 1). Each week, we’ll explore a different encounter with Jesus from the book of John. After the prologue (John 1:1-18) the gospel of John pulls together significant, and dynamic stories of what happened when everyday people and life encountered Jesus. Our goal this Lent is to put ourselves into the life situations and through Nicodemus, the woman caught in adultery, Lazarus, and the others, experience the collision of our lives as they are today with the “life to come” embodied in Jesus’ call to follow him.

Devotional Reading: Read-Reflect-Pray-Live
Using the encounter from Sunday, we invite you to make that scripture passage your reading for the week, using our Read-Reflect-Pray-Live method (Lectio Divina). This helps us go deep into a passage and awaken to what God has for you. You can do this by yourself or with a small group – family, study group, neighbors. We’ll send an electronic version of the devotional out in early February and have copies available Sunday mornings.

Mission: One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS)
Proceeds from this offering are used for immediate disaster assistance around the world. You can give to it through our children’s fish banks. The OGHS will be collected on Palm Sunday, March 25.

I hope you’ll join us for this Lenten season and may we all experience awakenings as we encounter the living God!

Blessings,
Erik