A Message from the Pastor


Greg Kintzi

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A Book Study for Epiphany

“The one who sets the course of (our) road and whose entry into it defines
the way forward is the same who walks beside us, flesh of our flesh, God with us.
Therefore, we can trust without reservation a journey whose future turns we cannot see.”
-John S. Mogabgab

         Back in 2017, while attending a talk by author Rob Bell, Rev. James Hazlewood heard something that made him realize there is a different path to becoming more spiritual than many people are aware. During a Q&A session before Rob’s speech, a young college student asked him what kind of spiritual practices he uses. After a long pause, he said, “You mean like, surfing.” There was laughter in the audience of earnest seekers who had come to hear from this former pastor and now quasi-guru. While many laughed, Jim realized Rob was serious. He also realized that he himself employed many spiritual practices that didn’t fall into the traditional categories of prayer, scripture, reading, worship and fasting. What about swimming, cycling, & hiking? What about reading, writing, or eating a simple meal? Jim’s mind exploded with all the things he did in his ordinary life that are indeed very much spiritual. This lead him to a reexamination of spirituality-what it is, the times we relegate it to the corners of our life, and other times when it becomes all about all of life.

                This time of year people are often thinking about making news years resolutions. Sometimes these resolutions relate to growing or developing our spiritual life. “This year I plan to begin every day with a half hour of devotions and end every day with a half hour of prayer.” Then within a week or two of the year beginning we find that we can’t keep up this schedule and stop doing devotions altogether. But what if spirituality wasn’t a matter of adding something more

to an already overwhelming calendar? What if spirituality had more to do with paying attention to how God was already present and active in our everyday, ordinary life?

                Are you frustrated with traditional approaches to spirituality? Are you feeling or have you ever felt guilty about not following a regimented devotional practice? Are you wishing there was a way you could embrace God in your everyday life? The book, Everyday Spirituality may be just what you’re looking for. Rather than prescribe another failed attempt at daily devotional readings, written prayers and scheduled moments of quiet meditation, Everyday Spirituality expresses the truth that much of what we already do in life is, in fact, spiritual.

                • Walking            • Laughing          • Moving

                • Cooking            • Sleeping           • Spending

                As James Hazlewood shares in the introduction, “This is a book about everyday life. In living an everyday, ordinary, seemingly routine life, we are living out a spirituality. Not the kind of spirituality that’s set apart. Not the kind where you go off to a retreat center for silence and good food and walks in nature. I’ve got nothing against that, and in fact, I enjoy those retreats myself. But I need a spirituality that is real for me on Mondays at 6 a.m., when the alarm goes off, and Thursday during dinner with my kids, and Fridays, between the grocery store and the gym. This is a book that connects the stuff we do every day, every week or every so often with God.

The schedule for our conversations is as follows:

Sunday, January 17, 2021 – 7:00 p.m.
“Things We Do Every Day – Part I” - Page 1-53

Sunday, January 24, 2021 – 7:00 p.m.
“Things We Do Every Day – Part II” - Page 55-82

Sunday, January 31, 2021 – 7:00 p.m.
“Things We Do Every Week” - Page 83-141

Sunday, February 7, 2021 – 7:00 p.m.
“Things We Do Every So Often” - Page 143-222

            If you would like a book, we will have copies available in the church office for $10.00. I hope you are as curious to hear what the author has to say as I am. As the author states in the conclusion of his book: “So what’s next? Where do I go from here?

            These are questions people have asked after reading this book. The questions reflect our American predilection for tasks. What should I do? What more do I need to do? We are tasked-oriented people.

            But perhaps the answer for everyday spirituality is not so much what we must do, but how we are to be. Perhaps the answer is simple. . . start living every single day as an expression of the holy, the sacred, the divine. Live every day walking with God—and not just walking, but also sleeping, reading, breathing, cooking, laughing, grieving and wondering. Some of us just need to live life and not worry about what else we need to do or should do. I often wonder if our 21st century American quest for hope, peace and meaning is a modern version of works righteousness. That’s the idea that we just aren’t good enough to earn God’s love. At its core, this book and the movement I’m hoping to spark around everyday spirituality is an attempt to relieve people of the burden…the monster of ‘more.’ So, if nothing else, I’m hoping you’ll live your life and know God is with you, in you and around you in a Grace-filled, loving, supportive way. No shame, no guilt, no should.”

Looking forward to Seeing You There,

Pastor Greg

Loving God,
I trust that who I am today
and where I am today
are the perfect starting points
for a closer walk with you.
I thank you for the journey so far,
and I praise you for the journey to come.
Walk with me, I pray.
Help me move ever closer to you
as we journey together.

From When You Come Unglued… Stick Close to God
By Patricia Wilson
Copyright ©2007 by the author.
Used by permission of Upper Room Books


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