FY 100: Exploring Worship Experience

Our class was excellent yesterday, as we discussed our original posts on personal worship experience and highlighted many ideas and threads that seemed to rise through them all.

Elements such as distraction, man-centeredness, meta-story, aging and familiarity, language, honesty and self-disclosure, the power of music and memory, new and old, the Divine Hours of prayer, liturgy and many other ideas surfaced that guided our discussion.

For the class, and for others to interact with:

What particular stories or ideas shared during our class time impacted you the most as you re-think the topic of worship? Add in a little research (ex. if the idea of “dark matter” interested you the most (here’s another link), do a Google search on it, and season your comments with a little research).


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.