Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church
6929 Franklin Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95823
© 2016 Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church
Designed by B. Lim-
Loving God • Serving Others • Transforming Lives
2018 LENT -
2/14/18 Ash Wednesday -
As we prepare for our 40-
2/18/18 Finding Your Cave: Listening Spaces -
Sometimes we just need to get away in order to hear from that “still small voice” within. This quiet voice is an attribute of the Holy Living God, as Elijah found out in a cave where he expected to experience God in big wind and earthquake and fire. What is your “cave" equivalent? What place (a park, a path, a rocking chair, a shoreline) and practice (walking, journaling, reading, making art) helps you get quiet enough for long enough so you can hear past the chaos and into the depths of your life?
2/25/18 Finding Your Breath: Listening to our Bodies -
Our sacred texts connect the breath of God with our own aliveness–God blew breath into us at creation and we continue to breathe all of creation in and out of our bodies constantly. The early church also believed that breath and Spirit were one in the same. How might the meditative practice of paying attention to our breath be, in and of itself, a prayer of connection to God? When we embrace our bodies as the holy vessel of God, we become even more our True Selves–which has been there all along.
3/4/18 Finding a Word: Listening to the Texts -
The Wisdom tradition within Christianity invites us to love knowledge, especially
3/11/18 Finding Your Power: Listening for Healing -
Prayer as a spiritual practice may come easily for you and maybe it doesn’t. Even the most devout
among us has doubts about prayer’s power at times. What is it? How does it work? This week we
will consider that the mechanics of what happens in prayer is not as important as that we do it.
Because whether or not the outcome for ourselves or others is an actual healing,
the very act of being entangled with God and with others through prayer has healing
3/18/18 Finding Your Mystic: Listening Beyond the Voices -
We often have a “cast of characters” living inside our heads that love to carry on
endless conversations–each from their own perspective. The chatter of our minds can
sometimes keep us from a deeper listening and it is often difficult to decipher exactly
what constitutes a mystical connection to God. Getting our True Self into the chairperson’s
seat in the committee meeting does not mean ignoring those voices of pessimism, people-
3/25/18 Palm Sunday -
Jesus’ prayer life was described most often in the scriptures as something he did
“away” from the crowds or disciples. And as we come to the last week of this Lent
journey, we have experienced the blessings of turning away from the noise of the
world in order to turn inward to hear that “still small voice” of God and finding
our own voice of wisdom there as well. This Sunday begins the story of the end of
Jesus’ human life and the scripture contains one of the rare examples of how Jesus
prayed. It was honest, it was gut-
3/30/18 Holy Week -
The “Appointment with God” that we have experienced each week in our Lent worship will be expanded for an evening of being with God, with ourselves and with each other. We start with a meal, remembering the last time Jesus ate with his disciples. Then we will “go to the Garden” with Jesus to pray, hear music, be silent together, and see photos from our individual Lent prayer journeys. We will hear the scripture account of Good Friday and then go out into the night to wait for… the rest of the Story.