Spiritual Practices

What's this all about?

Presbyterian Outlook's recent article about Spiritual Practices includes a summary of our program.

And, see Tamara Slaughter's article.

From its beginning the church linked the desire for more of God to intentional practices, relationships and experiences that gave people space in their lives to “keep company” with Jesus.

These intentional practices, relationships and experiences we know as spiritual disciplines.

– Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, from the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook

Spiritual Practices Calendar

At FPC, we want to support the spiritual formation of all ages and stages of life. This year, we will have the chance to explore spiritual practices on our own and in community. Each month we will focus on a different category of faith practice. You will learn about its foundations and how it can help you grow spiritually, receive suggestions for further reading and interactive learning, and find ways to experience that practice in the ministries of FPC. Join us on the journey!

Current: Visio Divina

Coming up:

March: Labyrinth

April: Forgiveness

May: Spiritual Direction


Visio Divina

Biblical Musicians, The Harpists by Shraga Weil, from the Epiphanies of Beauty art collection of David & Brokie Partington. Reproduced by permission.

So what is Visio Divina?

Visio Divina is a way of praying with art and having our hearts opened to God. In terms of the visual arts there is a simple process of being with an artwork and seeing it, seeing it as guided by the Holy Spirit.

Where and when?

From Ash Wednesday through the Easter season, different artworks will be displayed in the Fred Horner Quiet Center (down the Smith Building hall from the Sanctuary). Come and be with this art: Take Up and See!

How do you do it?

Rev. David Partington suggests this flow:

Prepare: Pray about this time of “Take Up and See” and express your intention for these moments with an artwork.

Look: Take time to scan the artwork. You might be attracted to a portion or section of it. Pay attention to that particular lure from God and continue to focus.

Meditate: Open your eyes and ponder what seemed to catch your eye and name it.

Look again: Open your eyes and look again at the artwork. Try closing your eyes to see whether or not you can still see in your mind’s eye the image.

Pray: Open your eyes and invite God into this moment. Perhaps a word or an emotion or an image may come. Trust this time of prayer.

Silence: Close this “Take Up and See” prayer experience with a period of silence.

Want to know more?

Check out David Partington's article in FPC News, pages 4-5.