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Practicing the Presence

We're not meant to run from one thing to another without focus, without peace, without direction. We need to stop, breathe, be quiet, and listen with our hearts. Several years ago a Methodist pastor urged all laypersons attending a training meeting to be aware of how mightily God wants us to be in personal relationship and communication with each one of them. The pastor went on to encourage spending a goodly portion of our prayer time listening. His encouragement echoes the intention of a 6th century set of instructions for all men and women seeking to live the Christian life fully. This document is still in use today and governs the life of many Christian orders--it is the rule of St. Benedict. The Rule contains much wisdom and practical guidance. St. Benedict opens the Rule with these words: "Listen with the ear of your heart."

So, how does one listen with the ear of one's heart? A number of prayer forms have evolved over the centuries that enhance our spiritual listening. Often referred to as contemplation or meditation, these brief exercises include a guided time of silent meditation, a time to journal, and then a time to share with others in the group--if you wish to share.

Here at the Church of the Good Shepherd we have a small group, Practice the Presence, that prays together in this way. Our group is composed of persons invited to join us at any time they are available. This is a drop-in group. So do come when you are able. We meet for one hour at 1 p.m. each Thursday in Room 7.

For more information, please contact Joe Matney at 703-264-7885 or jsmatney@verizon.net. We would be happy to add your name to our email distribution list which sends out each week's meditation for your use.
April 2014
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 Boy Scout Troop 13
Location: Rooms 5, 7,8,9,10,11
Time: 7:00pm

Traveling the New Testament
Time: 7:00pm

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2 Wednesday Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:30am

Bell Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:15pm

Chancel Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 7:30pm

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3 DCOM
Location: Room 11
Time: 9:30am

Fresh Air Bible Study
Location: Adult Room #2
Time: 9:30am -11:30am

Practicing the Presence
Location: Room 7
Time: 1:00pm

Many Strings of Joy Rehearsal
Location: music room
Time: 8:00pm
Rehearsal is held in the Music room or in the Sanc ...

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4 AA
Location: Room #10
Time: 8:30pm

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5 Painting Party
Time: 8:30am

AA
Time: 2:00pm

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6 Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 8:30am -9:00am

Church School
Location: Education Building
Time: 9:00am -10:00am

Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 10:15am -11:15am

Eagle Ceremony
Location: Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall
Time: 1:00pm -4:00pm
Garrett Stewart is the Scout being honored. Reserv ...

Confirmation
Time: 4:00pm

Youth Group
Time: 5:30pm

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7 Church Council
Location: The Gallery
Time: 7:00pm

OA
Time: 7:30pm
Meets in Room 10

AA
Location: Room 7
Time: 8:30pm -10:00pm
Meets in Room #7

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8 Boy Scout Troop 13
Location: Rooms 5, 7,8,9,10,11
Time: 7:00pm

Pack 13 Monthly Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm
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Traveling the New Testament
Time: 7:00pm

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9 Wednesday Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:30am

Saints Alive!
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 12:00pm

SOUP, SONG & STORY
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 6:00pm

Bell Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:15pm

Chancel Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 7:30pm

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10 Fresh Air Bible Study
Location: Adult Room #2
Time: 9:30am -11:30am

Practicing the Presence
Location: Room 7
Time: 1:00pm

Parent Support Group
Location: Room 10
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

Many Strings of Joy Rehearsal
Location: music room
Time: 8:00pm
Rehearsal is held in the Music room or in the Sanc ...

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11 AA
Location: Room #10
Time: 8:30pm

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12 AA
Time: 2:00pm

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13 PALM/PASSION SUNDAY

Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 8:30am -9:00am

Church School
Location: Education Building
Time: 9:00am -10:00am

Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 10:15am -11:15am

Confirmation
Time: 4:00pm

Youth Group
Time: 5:30pm

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14 Girl Scout Trp 5714
Location: Junior High Room 9
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

OA
Time: 7:30pm
Meets in Room 10

AA
Location: Room 7
Time: 8:30pm -10:00pm
Meets in Room #7

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15 Boy Scout Troop 13
Location: Rooms 5, 7,8,9,10,11
Time: 7:00pm

Traveling the New Testament
Time: 7:00pm

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16 Wednesday Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:30am

Bell Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:15pm

Chancel Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 7:30pm

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17 HOLY THURSDAY

Fresh Air Bible Study
Location: Adult Room #2
Time: 9:30am -11:30am

Practicing the Presence
Location: Room 7
Time: 1:00pm

Many Strings of Joy Rehearsal
Location: music room
Time: 8:00pm
Rehearsal is held in the Music room or in the Sanc ...

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18 GOOD FRIDAY

AA
Location: Room #10
Time: 8:30pm

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19 AA
Time: 2:00pm

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20 EASTER SUNDAY

Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 8:30am -9:00am

Church School
Location: Education Building
Time: 9:00am -10:00am

Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 10:15am -11:15am

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21 Church Rummage Sale Collection
Location: Fellowship Hall & Room 1
Time: 9:00am -5:00pm
Collection begins on Monday after Easter.  Bu ...

Trustee's Meeting
Location: Adult 2
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

OA
Time: 7:30pm
Meets in Room 10

AA
Location: Room 7
Time: 8:30pm -10:00pm
Meets in Room #7

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22 Church Rummage Sale Collection
Location: Fellowship Hall & Room 1
Time: 9:00am -5:00pm
Collection begins on Monday after Easter.  Bu ...

Boy Scout Troop 13
Location: Rooms 5, 7,8,9,10,11
Time: 7:00pm

Traveling the New Testament
Time: 7:00pm

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23 Wednesday Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:30am

Church Rummage Sale Collection
Location: Fellowship Hall & Room 1
Time: 9:00am -5:00pm
Collection begins on Monday after Easter.  Bu ...

Bell Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:15pm

Chancel Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 7:30pm

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24 Church Rummage Sale Collection
Location: Fellowship Hall & Room 1
Time: 9:00am -5:00pm
Collection begins on Monday after Easter.  Bu ...

Fresh Air Bible Study
Location: Adult Room #2
Time: 9:30am -11:30am

Preschool
Time: 9:30am

Practicing the Presence
Location: Room 7
Time: 1:00pm

Hot Meals
Location: Kitchen
Time: 2:00pm -5:30pm
Contact Lyn Hanke or Laurie Juliana.

Many Strings of Joy Rehearsal
Location: music room
Time: 8:00pm
Rehearsal is held in the Music room or in the Sanc ...

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25 Church Rummage Sale Collection
Location: Fellowship Hall & Room 1
Time: 9:00am -5:00pm
Collection begins on Monday after Easter.  Bu ...

AA
Location: Room #10
Time: 8:30pm

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26 BS Collection Begins (Rummage Sale)
Location: Fellowship Hall
Rummage Sale Collection for Boy Scouts on the Satu ...

Outreach Rummage Sale
Location: Fellowship Hall & Room 1
Time: 8:00am -1:00pm

AA
Time: 2:00pm

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27 BS Collection Begins (Rummage Sale)
Location: Fellowship Hall
Rummage Sale Collection for Boy Scouts on the Satu ...

Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 8:30am -9:00am

Church School
Location: Education Building
Time: 9:00am -10:00am

Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 10:15am -11:15am

Confirmation
Time: 4:00pm

Youth Group
Time: 5:30pm

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28 BS Collection Begins (Rummage Sale)
Location: Fellowship Hall
Rummage Sale Collection for Boy Scouts on the Satu ...

OA
Time: 7:30pm
Meets in Room 10

Worship Team
Location: Information Center
Time: 7:30pm
Contact Lyn Hanke.

AA
Location: Room 7
Time: 8:30pm -10:00pm
Meets in Room #7

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29 BS Collection Begins (Rummage Sale)
Location: Fellowship Hall
Rummage Sale Collection for Boy Scouts on the Satu ...

Boy Scout Troop 13
Location: Rooms 5, 7,8,9,10,11
Time: 7:00pm

Traveling the New Testament
Time: 7:00pm

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30 BS Collection Begins (Rummage Sale)
Location: Fellowship Hall
Rummage Sale Collection for Boy Scouts on the Satu ...

Wednesday Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:30am

Bell Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:15pm

Chancel Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 7:30pm

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