The Spiritual Life Center (SLC) promotes the evolving journey of the mind, body and spirit through the transforming love of God. Following the compassionate and inclusive example of Jesus, the Spiritual Life Center nurtures spiritual community, offers diverse, holistic and experiential opportunities to all.  

As we celebrate 21 years of the Spiritual Life Center, we invite you to reminisce and watch this short slide show of past activities.

Upcoming Spiritual Life Center EVENTS  and CLASSES  

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    Suggestions for a Time of Drawing Near to God - Private Retreat

    Suggestions for a Day of Drawing Near to God

    • Thank God for allowing you to see that you need to spend time in retreat.  Ask God to help you make available the necessary time.
    • Go to your calendar.  Select at least three dates as possibilities.
    • Email Rachel Ferry to reserve the St. Luke’s Retreat Room (Vestry).
    • Inform people who need to know that you are taking time away.  Let your employer know when you plan to be out, and make sure that your responsibilities will be covered in your absence.  Let your family know that you will be away on important business, and either have things prepared for them before you leave or allow them the opportunity to do things themselves.  For example, you might say, “Dinner will be on your own next Thursday.  I have an important commitment.”
    •  It is not necessary to tell people what you are doing.  This is your time with God.
    •  Go.
    •  Things to take with you include a Bible, devotional readings, a hymnal or list of your favorite worship and devotional songs, CDs, a pad or journal and pen, lunch and drinks.
    •  Start by reading these Scriptures on prayer:  Psalm 61:1-4; Jeremiah 33:3; John 14:13-17; 15:7; Philippians 4:6-7; Hebrews 4:16; I John 5:14-15.
    •  For as long as you are able, pray. End by saying, “Lord, I thank you for this time alone with you.  Already wonderful things have begun to happen for me just by being here.  I want to hear your voice.  I want to know you.  I love you, Lord.  May we have a blessed day together.”
    •  Sing some of your favorite songs aloud.  Or put on a worship tape and sing along.
    •  Make a list of the pressing things in your life that you need help with. 
    •  Ask God for help in dealing with these issues.  One by one, call out each name or circumstance on your paper.  After each one say, “Hear my prayer, O Lord.”
    •  At the completion of your list, sing a song of victory and celebration, believing in advance that God has heard and already answered.
    •  Now place yourself before God in a kneeling posture (if you are able.)  Hold your hands up, with your palms facing toward heaven.  This posture says to God, “I am open to receive whatever it is you want to place in my hands.”
    •  Spend the next few moments in complete silence.  Try to listen to God.
    •  Thank God for this movement in your life. Write down what you want to remember.
    •  Take a break.  Have lunch.  Perhaps take a walk. 
    •  If you can stay longer, begin again by thanking God for your time together in the morning and for the food that God’s hands provided.  If you have a hymnal, sing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”
    •  Pray specifically for the next part of your journey with God and for spiritual maturity.  Ask God to help you be aware of God’s presence at work, at school or at home.
    •  Sing songs of thanksgiving.  Close with Psalms 100 and 150.
    • Just be still.  Write down how you felt this day and anything that God revealed to you. After this day, continue to keep a prayer journal and note answers to prayer.

     

     

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    Healing Ministries

    The anchor for the St. Luke's UMC Healing Ministry is the Pilgrimage Healing Process. This "hands-on healing" process was developed by Episcopal priest Tanya Beck and involves resting on a massage table as two trained healing partners open themselves to God’s healing power and go through a series of prayers and movements.

    Email Healing Ministries for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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    Labyrinth Ministry

    Labyrinth walking is a spiritual discipline that involves focused motion and prayer or meditation. St. Luke’s offers three labyrinths:

    An eight-circuit Chartres style labyrinth painted on the floor of N103/104 (check schedule by door for availability)

    An 84-foot day-lily and mulch 11-circuit Chartres style labyrinth located north of Luke’s Lodge

    An 11-circuit canvas Chartres style portable labyrinth

    The outdoor labyrinth blooms gloriously in late June. Be a part of this gift to our congregation and the wider community by volunteering to weed a small section twice a month in the spring and summer when your schedule permits.   Betty Brandt to volunteer. 

    Use the search term "labyrinth" on our events and/or classes pages for more information about church-sponsored opportunities.

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    Prayer Chapel

    All are welcome to use the Prayer Chapel for silent meditation and prayer whenever the church is open.

    Holy Communion is available (serve yourself) from 9:15AM-12:30PM in the Chapel every Sunday.

    Please enter in silence.

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    Spiritual Direction

    Spiritual Direction is the ancient practice of meeting on a regular basis with a trained Spiritual Director whose role is to help deepen a relationship with the Divine and grow spiritually. The practice is not psychotherapy or counseling.

    List of local Spiritual Directors and their contact information.

 

For more information, contact Betty Brandt, Director of Spiritual Life Center by  or phone 317-846-3404 x339

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