Annual Women's Lenten Retreat - Saturday, March 23
Saturday, March 23
8:30am - 2pm
St. George's Episcopal Church
Divine Encounters: How God Got My Attention
"Possibly each of us have had moments in our life when we clearly felt the presence of God. These moments might be little whispers during Holy Eucharist, or unforgetable mystical encounters that change the direction of life. These sacred experiences are precious, to be cherished, held like jewels in our hearts.
Much of life is filled with distraction and effort, rather than the peaceful and profound awareness of God's presence. During this retreat we will explore and savor our sacred memories and honor them as a source of refuge in challenging times. Where and when are you most aware of God's presence?"
This year’s Diocesan Women’s Lenten Retreat will take place at St. George’s Church in Laguna Hills. The retreat leader will be Sister Greta Ronningen of the Community of Divine Love. It should be a wonderful day! Registration is online or by mail; flyers are in the back of the church.
Experience how walking the labyrinth can open doors to the spiritual. Walk. Breathe. Relax. Meditate. Pray. Listen. The labyrinth has a single, purposeful path that winds from the edge into the center. The same path leads back out to the edge again. Thus, it resembles the indirect path of our lives, which leads us sometimes into the center of the human condition, sometimes into the heart and mind of God, sometimes into the very core of illness or pain, sometimes into the focal point of enlightenment or understanding. “Make me to know your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths”. – Psalm 25:4
With the provided supplies, create a collage of pictures, text, color & patterns to represent a randomly selected scripture verse to make a visual reminder of your personal experience(s) of divine encounters. At home, use the work that you made to prompt recollections of these moments as you go through your daily routines. Creativity is a noble word, like justice, compassion, or humaneness. Creativity is a basic component of right living, for it is nothing less than a special loving attitude, a love of learning, a love of action, a love of self, a love of others. From – Affirmations for Artists by Eric Maisel
Learn about women whose lives have been dedicated to prayer & spirituality & have shared their experience with us through their stories and/or their writings. Beginning with several women in the Bible, looking then at others in history, & finishing with two women of our era, we will look at their lives & share how their spirituality is reflected in their writings. There will be time for personal journaling about these women & an opportunity to share thoughts on how these women speak to us today.
Share stories of personal divine encounters in a small group & discover the many ways in which God has touched the women in your group. Maybe such an encounter may have happened during the time of reflection in plenary session. Hearing the stories of others in your group may lead to recognize other times God has “gotten your attention.” Finish with a time to journal how the stories of the women in your group have spoken to you & reminded you of where God opened doors.
Experience how yoga can clear your mind to provide space for God to break through. Using a
mat, which you should bring with you, or a chair, which will be provided, this group experience
yoga session may lead you to a liberating time with God.