Daily Prayer with Sarah

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Joining Together in Prayer

Each weekday at 10:00 a.m. you can join Sarah Iverson – Director of Spiritual Formation – for a brief time of prayer and reflection as we navigate this season of life together.

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10:00 Prayer Time

Thank you for joining us for another week of 10:00 prayer.If you have enjoyed the prayer rythmn of Lexio Divina you can read more about it and find a helpful script on our website.As we've said it can be a rich way to encounter scripture and also a way to give some structure to your prayer life when it seems unfocused and slippery.We'll wrap up with one more reading from The Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus speaks so beautifully on so many different topics in this sermon it can be helpful to take little sips of it each day as we have done. However you may be enjoy going back sometime this weekend and reading the whole sermon now that you've sat deeply with different sections.Thanks again for joining us. Remember that this weekend our worship service time switches to 9:00 although we will still rebroadcast the service at 10:30.

Posted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Madison & Verona WI on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Good Morning, thanks for being here.Whether this is your first time at 10:00 prayer or you’re here every day - we’re glad to have your words and reflections woven into this net we’ve been collectively weaving with the Spirit for 4 months.This week we’re considering how confession and forgiveness enter into our individual prayer life.Certainty confessional prayers are a part of our corporate worship - but what is the rhythm and language of this sort of prayer when we are alone.How many of us “free style” our confession in our spoken prayer? How many of us wander into the refreshment of forgiveness in our listened prayer?This week we’re using the Canyon Road prayer book to give us words - some spacious and some specific - to help us consider forgiveness. The forgiveness we ask for, receive for God, give to others, and receive from others.“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us”Thanks for being here.

Posted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Madison & Verona WI on Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Good morning and thanks for joining us! Go ahead and extend words of welcome, encouragement, and care in this space.This week we have turned into the confession and forgiveness prayer room. Although this is a part of our collective prayer rhythm in worship, it is not always a room we enter in our individual prayer life. 1 John 1 makes clear that to deny the presence of sin in our lives it to make God out to be a liar - so this not a prayer conversation that is shocking to God. We have used words and silence to help us open up that truth in our hearts and speak about it with God.Today however we remember that just as we are forgiven we are to forgive others. This is not always an easy journey to undertake. Today we'll open up a space to talk with God about the forgiving we need to do. Thanks for joining us. Today however

Posted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Madison & Verona WI on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Good morning and thanks for being here as we begin another week of 10:00 prayer. Feel free to greet one another in this space!Can you believe we have been doing this for over 3 months now? If you would like to revisit the prayer rhythm of a previous week you can find them all archived here https://gslcwi.com/together/touchpoints/daily-prayer-with-sarah/We've prayed about fear, about fruit, about home. We've employed structures and silences to help us focus as well as to keep us open. We've prayed our way in and out of questions. We've been in conversation with scripture. We've looked at prayer from different angles. It's been a rich journey.For this week I thought we would revisit the practice of Lexio Divina or Divine Reading - I'll explain more during prayer and throughout the week if this is new to you. We'll take our daily readings from Jesus Sermon on the Mount and we'll read them out of The Message.Thanks for being here.

Posted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Madison & Verona WI on Monday, June 29, 2020

Hebrews 10:24-25 says....And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Thanks for continuing to meet together for a time of short prayer and reflection. Go ahead and greet each other in this space and spur each other on toward love!This week we're using rhythm of Lexio Divina - or Holy Reading - to guide us prayerfully look at The Sermon On The Mount. Each day a few verses of that sermon because our arranged meeting place with God. A place for us to listen, to receive, to ask, to ponder, and to rest. Thanks for being here!

Posted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Madison & Verona WI on Thursday, July 2, 2020

Good Morning, thanks for joining us as we begin another week together. For some folks this is a daily space in your schedule and for some this may be a space you stumble upon and into - and all are welcome. Feel free to great and reach out to each other in this space at any hour. Over the span of 4 months we have prayed around and through many experiences. We have used scriptures, silences, and structures. This week we're going into a new room of prayer - prayers of confession or forgiveness prayers. 1 John 1:8-10 " If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us." So let us pray....

Posted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Madison & Verona WI on Monday, July 6, 2020

Good morning and thanks for joining us!For the past 4 months Good Shepherd members have been gathering at 10:00 on Facebook, on Instagram, and in their homes.Today Pastor Chris and I are (safely) in the same space so we thought we would join our prayer rooms together.We are continuing this week to consider the prayer of confession.Martin Luther wrote “When I admonish someone to confession, I am admonishing them to be a Christian”.Confession is part of the rhythm of life as a Christian - it is the beat before forgiveness.Confessing alongside others in worship and even confessing to another person in private is a powerful experience , but we can include prayers of confession in our individual prayers as well.We’ll continue to use prayers for the Canyon Road prayer book that give some spacious structure to prayers of this sort.Thank you for being here and we hope you’ll join us tonight for worship at 7:00.Come as you are and bring all that you are. There’s no communion on Wednesday evenings but a bowl of water and a candle can be nice visible signs to gather with.

Posted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Madison & Verona WI on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Welcome back everyone! Thanks for joining us and, as always, feel free to reach out to one another in this space.This week we are revisiting the practice of Lexio Divina or Divine Reading. This is actually the rhythm of prayer we used when we started this 10:00 prayer journey over 100 days ago. You can find each week logged on our website so feel free to go back and revisit rhythms that were helpful or challenging.Lexio Divina is a way of receiving scripture. We don't approach it analytically or historically. We make it our arranged meeting space with God. We take small chucks of scripture and read them over 4 times giving us time to hear, to listen, to respond, and to take hold.It can be a great way to give structure to your prayer time while still leaving space. It's also a good way to work your way through scripture. This week our scripture readings are from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew. Our readings are from The Message. Today's verses are 6:33-37.

Posted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Madison & Verona WI on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Thanks for joining us as we wrap up another week of praying and reflecting together.We'll close today using the same prayer rhythm we have practiced throughout the week.If you're interested in continuing to use this rhythm we will post the "Script" and links on our website.At different times in our journey a guided prayer rhythm can be helpful. Whether you feel frantic or inert it can give prayer structure while still giving space.Have a nice weekend. We hope to worship with you Sunday morning at 10:30 and then gather with you at 12:00 for a congregational meeting.

Posted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Madison & Verona WI on Friday, June 26, 2020

Good morning and thanks for being here! Feel free to greet and encourage one another in this space!This week we are using a prayer rhythm from the Jesuit community to shape our time together.St. Ignatius desired and believed it possible to find God in all things. He believed this was possible but only as a gift from God and as a fruit of our paying attention to our experiences. The practices he wrote down are to help focus that attention. This prayer structure guides our attention to different parts of our lives and hearts, but it is open enough that we have space to listen God in those spaces.If you would like the "script" so you could pray this way with more time, feel free to email Sarah. We look forward to worshiping with you tonight at 7:00.

Posted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Madison & Verona WI on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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