Hunting for the Holy Spirit: Autumn 2020
Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God.
1 Chronicles 22:19a
Do you ever feel like your spiritual journey is a life-long search for the holy? Many of us seek, and indeed find, God in nature. In quiet. In listening and watching and waiting.
The autumn season is the beginning of a new school year, yes. Autumn is also the beginning of hunting season. For different people, hunting brings up widely varying images, thoughts and feelings. However we may feel about it personally, hunting is an age-old practice that enabled human survival. Hunting now is usually less about survival yet it still invites us to remember that we are part of a creation much bigger than us and our relationship with that creation impacts the ecosystems in which we exist. Hunting (and fishing) invite us into intimate relationship with our food, as does gardening. When we eat meat, we consume a life, and when we hunt, we relate to that life differently than when we simply buy our meat from the grocery store.
Hunting for food requires learning and practice. It requires tools and a knowledge of how to use those tools. It requires patience. Learning to be quiet and listen, to watch and wait. It teaches us to see and hear with new eyes, to look for signs of life around us, to experience ourselves as part of the natural world to which we are inextricably bound.
Hunting for the Holy Spirit is no different. It takes practice. Tools help. And patience. Hunting for the Holy Spirit means learning to quiet our bodies and minds. It means listening, watching and waiting. It reminds us that we are indeed inextricably bound to all that is and all that has been. And it reminds us that the Spirit is already here, simply waiting for us to seek with all our hearts.
We will continue to meet virtually through our autumn worship except for the 3rd Sunday of each month of autumn when we will gather for a physically distanced, outdoor worship service. Worship will include many familiar elements including a prayer of confession, the Lord's Prayer (using traditional language), familiar hymns, and of course scripture and sermon. We will draw from poetry for the call to worship each Sunday, and several times over the course of the season, we will have members of our congregation share their testimonies. Our time for the Young & Young at Heart will feature stories of the Holy Spirit as well as finding the Holy Spirit in ordinary objects (led by our very own Paul Heintzleman). In this time of so much social, political and indeed spiritual upheaval, it is good news that the Holy Spirit is indeed simply waiting for us to seek Her out.
This autumn season, we invite you to join us in hunting for the Holy Spirit.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.