THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS THAT MATTER
After a significant adverse event—a natural disaster, a mass shooting—public officials often make statements that assure those affected that they will be in our collective “thoughts and prayers”. Over the past couple of years, that phrase has been challenged by people who hear it as a way to dodge responsibility for taking actions that might aid those who have been harmed or prevent similar events from occurring in the future. How should people of faith respond to these challenges?
During this retreat, we will take a look at our own practice of intercessory prayer, that is, the prayer we offer on behalf of others or ourselves in which we ask God for help. If prayer of this sort is to be more than a glib response to someone who is truly suffering, what would it look like in practice? When and how would we engage in prayer of this sort? How would an honest engagement with intercessory prayer help us to respond to the troubles of the world in a way that makes a difference?
Our time together will include engagement with prayer and reflection on our experience. We will have time on our own, in small groups and as a community. We will end with a communion service.
Rev. Heather Kirk-Davidoff grew up in Macalester Plymouth United Church. Heather was ordained at MPUC by the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ in 1994 and has served congregations in Somerville, Massachusetts and Columbia, Maryland. She currently serves as the Campus Protestant Minister at Union College in Schenectady, NY.
Registration forms are available in the church office, in the Social Hall on Sundays or here. Cost for the day is $45 which includes a box lunch from Panera as well as coffee and scones in the morning. The retreat is open to all women, both members and friends of MPUC. Scholarship assistance is available.