While we often fantasize about our wilderness times being a chance to escape, disengage, or numb-out from life, if we follow Jesus’ example of his 40-day wilderness time, wilderness time is a chance to be fully present. During the Lenten season, we will explore what it looks like to take A Leave of Presence and what it means to be more fully alive with God, with one another, and with ourselves. Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West ushers us into the season.
taking A Leave of Presence
We often fear being judged by others, and yet also know we are typically our own worst critics. Once we finish tearing down ourselves, we move on to those closest to us, trusting they will stick around no matter what. Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West reflects on Jesus’ words in Luke 6 and encourages us to embody God’s grace and kindness while in community with one another.
How we understand God to be defines how we love, how we think, how we choose, how we treat others, and how we treat all of God’s creation. Listen as Tere Tyner Canzoneri explores how we can do relationship with God differently – in ways that lead to deeper and more loving connection with God and with others.
As a Gwinnett County Recreation Swim League stroke judge Bob Duvall learned two guiding questions to check his perspective before disqualifying a swimmer: “What did you see?” and “Where were you standing? When we check our perspective on our relationship with Creation these questions offer us a way forward.
How can we Do Relationship Differently with those in our neighborhood? Jesus answered the question, “Who is my neighbor?” with a story. Listen as Oakhurst member Anna Hall revisits that tale, tells a story of life in her neighborhood, and calls us to consider how we might love our neighbors, at home and at church.