Denise Foerch, Spiritual Director
I want to take this opportunity to share with you how much I enjoy being your Spiritual Director. I love being able to remind you how much you are loved by God each time I pray with you, serve communion, lead a Spiritual Direction Group, or spend time with you on your individual journey.
The concept of Spiritual Direction is not always understood. It often doesn’t seem to be a necessary thing—after all we have the Pastor to do that for us. And it’s true that until recently, most pastors were the only ones considered “qualified” to give Spiritual Direction. It was new to me as well until I took a two-year Spiritual Formation Course at Benet Hill Monastery. For those years, I did my own spiritual inner work, and by the end, I knew how important it would be for others to have someone to listen to them, pray with them, and encourage and support them while they were discovering their own faith and Spirit journey.
So, what happens in Spiritual Direction? If you’re meeting with me individually, it’s your choice what we do. You bring to me what you need, and then together we’ll figure out how to meet that need. You may not be coming for answers. You may need to talk or share your thoughts, so you can better understand what your feeling/thinking. I try not to give answers, because it’s much more powerful when you can make the discovery yourself. Maybe you want to learn different ways of meditating, or praying, or just being with God. We look at different options, and try them together so you can see what is comfortable for you. For myself, I find that being with my Spiritual Director meets the need for just “being.” I believe the greatest gift I can give you is to create a safe and comfortable space that gives you the freedom to explore and discover your own unique spirituality. If this sounds like something that would fit your needs please contact me at email@example.com.
Another option is to be a part of a Spiritual Direction Group. These group sessions are more structured so that sharing and learning happens. I facilitate the group, but the people in the group spiritually direct one another. One group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month; the other group meets on the second Saturday of each month. Whether group or individual Spiritual Direction, we learn from one another. Our faith paths are different and very important in helping us navigate through life. I would love to be one of your companions on your path. Remember, you don’t have to walk alone.
Kyle Jensen, Director of Music Ministries
The last few weeks have been particularly trying for me. Everything seems to be coming to end so quickly! It seems like yesterday I was announcing that I was leaving in 5 months. Now, it’s suddenly Lent and my final production of In Remembrance is in full swing. In many ways it seems like every show, every cast member, every directorial decision has led to this year’s production. We have an amazing cast led by Ken Robinson, Kevin Rorke, and Siobhan Downey. We have an incredible set through the help of Denise Day, Judy McKay and Maurice Christopher. The show is full of some of the best music Broadway has to offer, and after five years, Elizabeth and I have stretched ourselves and this show to the culmination of our vision of what it could be.
In many ways, we have combined the lessons we learned in each of our previous years. We have the emphasis on the sacrifice of Christ from 2009 and the intimate discovery of who Jesus is from 2010. In 2011, we explored what this story would have been like had it happened today. Taking that a step further we have posed the question: Would you be able to accept Jesus if he came today? Finally, there is a cast of believable and relatable characters who help us see into the eyes of those who followed Jesus. When you combine all of these elements, you have a production—a spiritual experience—not to be missed!
And of course, because this is my last show I am playing with more energy, directing with more clarity, and performing with more passion than I ever have before. When I look at our stage I see a five year legacy: Elizabeth singing Pie Jesu, Elise screaming and clinging to that fence, and Siobhan’s shoes! I see the beginning and the end of what has been the most defining five years of my life. And all I can think to say is: thank you. Thank you, Pikes Peak MCC—my church—for allowing me the honor of bringing you this show for the last five years. Let’s celebrate this last one together!
“Will you share your life with me for the next 10 lifetimes, for a million summers,
until the world explodes…There are so many dreams I need to see with you.
There are so many years I need to be with you. I will never be complete,
I will never be alive, I will never change the world until I do.”
By: Rev. Wes Mullins, Senior Pastor
This Sunday is the first Sunday in the 40 day season of Lent that takes us from Ash Wednesday to Easter. Traditionally, this is a season that is set aside in the Christian Calendar for us to reflect on our sin, on the fact that we are but dust, and that we are saved only through the sacrifice of Jesus. Many of those traditional Lenten practices have become so laden with bad spiritual baggage like guilt and shame that, for many, Lent has lost whatever luster, importance, or power it might have originally had.
This is regrettable as self-assessment, which is really what Lent is about, is a very valuable thing. Most of us celebrate self-discovery when it comes in the form of insights gained while sitting on the couch in our therapist’s office, but we see it as cruel and all-to-usual punishment when it is suggested in church. Why is that? Can we not find a way to be reflective spiritually without beating ourselves up?
In our age of “I’m okay; you’re okay” thinking—especially for those of us who have been told that we’re not okay—helpful, realistic self-criticism is difficult to find in church. And some of us have natural tendencies to be particularly hard on ourselves…even though our church is grace-filled.
I encourage you to think of Lent as an opportunity to step back and look at an aerial view of your own life: seeing how it all works together. Take these next 40 days to look at your home, your work, your faith and friendships, even how you spend your time and money. Risk asking yourself real questions that get to the heart of who you are. What brings me joy? or What do I truly love and care about? Take this opportunity to get honest about your demons as well: the bad habits, the destructive patterns and decisions, annoying traits, addictions, and just the things you simply wish were different.
Don’t do all this to feel worse. Do it to feel better! Reframe it in your mind from “Lent” to “Spiritual Therapy” if you need to do so. We do this self-inventory so that we can get clarity about who we are and what we need. God is ready to walk this Lenten journey with you, and God will help when the hard questions start to get too hard. Will you open your heart and soul to see what you find?