Why do I spend so much of my life trapped like this, on the outer circumference of the inner richness of my own life? Why do I spend so much time unaware of that which alone can fill my heart?
Have you ever felt like there was more to life, but it always seemed out of reach?
Are you looking for some balance as well as depth in your life?
Maybe you could use an Oasis!
"Oasis" is the name of our event on Sunday afternoon, October 14, from 4:45-6:30. It is sponsored by GEST (Growing in Everyday Spirituality Team) and it is open to all.
We chose the name, “Oasis” for a reason. An oasis is a place of respite in the desert- a place to find rest from the dry, hot and parched journey. It’s a place to refresh ourselves and get ready for the journey ahead. That is why I think "Oasis" is a perfect name for this event. The words we are using to describe its purpose are Respite, Reflection, and Renewal. Here is what it will look like:
The power of Oasis is in its simplicity. We will meet at 4:45 in the Sedalia Room. There will be times for reflections, sharing, silence and guided prayer that will help us sort through the burdens we carry, recognize and respond to the presence of God, and prepare us for the week ahead. We will conclude about 5:30 and then move to time around a table where we will share a simple meal and good conversation together. It is this combination of stillness and fellowship, that is the secret of Oasis.
The theme for this Oasis is "Inner Freedom." Christ offers us a life that is full and abundant (John 10:10), but we seldom experience it. We think the obstacles are outward. In fact, our biggest obstacles are inward. When Paul says he has learned the 'secret of being content, whether in plenty or want," he is talking about something that goes beyond life's circumstances. He is talking about a freedom anchored in our identity with God that liberates us from the never-ending treadmill of social expectations, symbols of success, fear of failure, and destructive views of God. This kind of freedom yields a life of renewed meaning, purpose, strength and peace.
GEST has test-driven "Oasis" a couple times to see what works and what doesn't. We think we have something that is meaningful and helpful and are ready to share it with the congregation and community. There is no cost. Child and Nursery care are available on request. To help us plan, please let us know you're intentions by registering here.
I have been blessed by Oasis and am excited to share it with others. I hope you will join us.