This year’s confirmation service will be onsite at Martin Luther Church (933 Smyth Rd) Ottawa. You are welcome to join us in celebrating the affirmation of baptism of six youth. Pastor Judith Kierschke and Pastor Martin Malina will lead the service together, in German and English.
We read a scripture assigned to the following Sunday, according to the Revised Common Lectionary. If you would like to know the precise scripture reference for the coming session, or would like to join the online group, please contact Pastor Martin. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In the hour we are together we follow the practice of lectio divina (a prayerful, reflective reading of the scripture), hearing the text three times and asking each time a different question of the text and of ourselves:
- What word or phrase or image first speaks to you?
- What is God/Jesus/the Word saying to you? What is the important meaning you discover in this text?
- What is God/Jesus/the Word calling you to do?
Following the Christian Meditation tradition of contemplative prayer, we gather to sit in silence and stillness for twenty minutes, focusing on a prayer word and repeating it interiorly and faithfully, as we enter the prayer of Jesus Christ. We normally also listen to a recording by teachers in this tradition (eg. John Main, Laurence Freeman), and reflect together briefly on this practice of prayer and our understanding of it. This time together provides an oasis of calm and concentration in a busy life of distraction and rapid mobility.
During the pandemic, we are currently meeting virtually. If you would like to join the weekly online group, or would like more information, please contact Pastor Martin Malina (email@example.com).