Newsletter

 

September 24, 2021

 

For your prayer and reflection this week:

On the road to Emmaus, 
the disciples are transformed.
At the outset, 
their eyes are closed to deeper spiritual realities.
Their hearts are open, 
but breaking with grief,
and raw with fear.
What comes next?
The future seems paralyzing 
with their Teacher gone.
Into the midst of overwhelming sadness, 
Jesus appears, 
but veils their eyes so they do not know it is him.
As they describe only after their experience, 
“We’re not our hearts burning within us 
while he spoke to us of the scriptures?”

The disciples realize God had not abandoned them.
Even in their darkest night, 
the divine presence is there 
with a steady hand and a warm embrace.
“You are loved.  You are my children.  
I am One with you.
The burning in your hearts is simply your recognition 
of the warmth and Presence of God 
ever-existing inside of you.
In conversation; in the breaking of bread, 
I simply reminded you- 
You are not alone.  
Let my perfect love cast out fear and grief.
Be my servant of love in all lands.  
I love you.
I love you.”

Friends, I hope you can join us this Sunday for our "Emmaus Walk"!  In the years that I have led retreats for the wider church, engaging in Emmaus Walks have been a beautiful, powerful practice of sacred, spiritual conversation.  Come, fill your spiritual cup!  I also hope you can join Agape and the Waltham library Monday night as author Jen Weigel joins us to talk with us about her book, "Stay Tuned."  Jen brings a light, humorous touch to spiritual topics and is also an Emmy award winning journalist!  As Louise at the Waltham Library said,  "She puts the fun into spirituality!"  The book Stay Tuned is available on hoopla in ebook and eaudiobook format.  All are welcome whether you've read the book or not.  Check out Jen's work at her website and invite your friends!

I'm getting excited for our small group gatherings on "Meditation, Energy Tools, and the Levels of Consciousness" starting October 5.  If you would like to participate in person or virtually,  please fill out this Google form.  Share the word for others who may be interested!  Last week I included a couple incorrect dates, but the correct times are included below.

Many thanks for the light and presence you so generously share with others.

Gratefully,

Matt

 
 

Outdoor contemplative practice - Emmaus Walk 
Sunday, September 26 at 2:45 p.m.
Congregational Church of Weston
130 Newton St, Weston, MA 02493 
The “Emmaus Walk” is a practice of sacred, spiritual conversation between two people.  For this outdoor contemplative practice, if you are fully vaccinated, it is your choice whether or not to wear a mask for our gathering.  If you are not fully vaccinated (i.e. two weeks after your last shot), we ask that you please wear a mask during our get together.  If we move indoors for any reason, masks are required for everyone except while eating or drinking.
 

Stay Tuned with author Jenniffer Weigel
Initiating Inspiration book group
Sep 27 at 7-8:30 p.m. ET via Zoom
Jen  is awesome and is very experienced with spirituality, psychic mediums and the like.  Jen is also an Emmy award winning journalist!  She puts the fun into spirituality!  The book Stay Tuned is available on hoopla in ebook and eaudiobook format.  The author will be attending and this will be a really fun, special experience for all of us.  Here is her website.  Hope to see you there!  Invite your friends!  
Initiating Inspiration is a book group partner with Agape Spiritual Community and the Waltham Public Library
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/91057750230?pwd=Tk1wdSs3UGFzaGM3eThhQ0FMOStWUT09
Meeting ID: 910 5775 0230
Passcode: U0WzF8
 
Meditation, Energy Tools, and the Levels of Consciousness  
led by Rev. Matt Carriker
4-week program Tuesday nights
Register here.
October 5, October 26 (10/26 will be all virtual), November 16, and December 7
7:30pm-8:45pm in person (in Waltham) or via Zoom

These small groups will include sharing and practice of energy tools such as affirmations, directing energy upward, visualizations, and clearness committees, as well as an introduction to the three levels of consciousness and how that is reflected in our meditation practice.  Consider joining this four-week virtual program led by Rev. Matt Carriker.  


Agape Outdoor Retreat Service:
"Peak Spiritual Experiences"
Sunday, October 17 at 2:45 p.m. 
Congregational Church of Weston
130 Newton St, Weston, MA 02493
You can also join us virtually at this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2043377541
Join us to reflect together on what might be called "peak spiritual experiences."  Sudarshan Simpson of Ananda Church shares in his booklet, “Seclusion”: “Inner communion- ah, what a joy!  To feel blessed liquid peace within and around you… to feel such love that it overpowers you with the knowledge that everything is made from love… We’ve all tried, but most of us have found that deeper meditations like this are all too rare- like those few timeless peak experiences which we will always remember and which have truly changed our lives, but which normally seem so far out of reach!  Need it always be so?  Why can’t these aspects of the Divine Presence be more like familiar friends on the spiritual path than like long-lost uncles?”
For this outdoor retreat service, if you are fully vaccinated, it is your choice whether or not to wear a mask for our gathering.  If you are not fully vaccinated (i.e. two weeks after your last shot), we ask that you please wear a mask during our get together.  If we move indoors for any reason, masks are required for everyone except while eating or drinking.

Agape “Filling Your Cup” Retreat:
“Discerning God’s Will Together”
Saturday October 30, 10am-3pm
Congregational Church of Weston
130 Newton St, Weston, MA 02493
Come join us for this day-long retreat as we explore what it means to discern God’s will together.  If the weather cooperates, we plan to stay outside.  For this outdoor retreat service, if you are fully vaccinated, it is your choice whether or not to wear a mask for our gathering.  If you are not fully vaccinated (i.e. two weeks after your last shot), we ask that you please wear a mask during our get together.  If we move indoors for any reason, masks are required for everyone except while eating or drinking.  Please bring your own lunch (there is a refrigerator, oven, and microwave there).  You are welcome to bring individualized snacks or drinks to share.

Virtual Messy Church & Agape Trivia 
Sunday, November 7th
4pm for Messy Church
4:30pm for Agape Trivia 
Join us virtually at this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2043377541
Messy Church (via Zoom) at 4pm is for younger kids and the grownups who love them- crafts, and a spiritual story.  At 4:30pm, the entire Agape community will gather together for a fun trivia game!  Let Matt know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) one fun trivia fact about yourself, in two sentences or less. 😊