Often a poem, music, or visual art will spark something within us that reconnects us with our Creator. When we nourish ourselves with beauty, we tend to look for and find beauty at the center of our work, and in the communities we serve.
Every month we will offer ways of deepening our gathering topic through a spiritual practice.
This month we are invited to awaken to see and name the extraordinary signs of God’s invitation to us. This season reminds us again of God’s persistence in calling us into a new, deeper relationship not only for our sake, but for the world’s.
Tune My Heart playlist
Ashley Litwiller, pastor of youth and worship at Arthur Mennonite has combined her gifts to bring The Gathering Place a playlist each month. As you engage in your work and play, put on this playlist to encourage, inspire, and remind you of God’s accompanying presence every step of the way. You can find Ashley’s blog post and Spotify playlist here.
VISUAL FAITH PROJECT
This initiative is created by Vibrant Faith Ministries, and they have graciously partnered with The Gathering Place this year, to support and encourage our faith formation leaders in their own spiritual renewal and development. This concept can be applied both personally as well as in a group setting. It is our hope that you will find this to be inspiring and sense the Spirit’s invitation to draw close.
The Visual Faith Project engages visuals, scripture, and question(s) to connect with God.
Because of the use of images, this methodology engages the individual’s natural attractions and aversions and as well creates a natural invitation encouraging deeper levels of conversation and space for the Spirit to move and have impact through the words of Scripture. The use of evoking still images is intentional. Still images invite people to use their own story to engage Scripture.
We believe this is a powerful tool for discipleship, with individuals and with groups. The process of listening and asking questions about people’s connection with an image accompanied by Scripture is simple, accessible and will allow people of all ages the opportunity to engage Scripture together.
My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.
As you hold the above scripture in your spirit, look at the images below and consider the following questions for personal reflection:
Which one are you drawn to? (Live with this image for the following questions)
What do you see as the story in the image?
What part of the scripture and image story connects with your life story or current
circumstances? How has God surprised you? What feelings emerge?
What do you want to remember and continue to reflect on and apply in the month ahead?