Prayer Stations and Fireside Discussions

I have pretty much dedicated my Sunday evenings for community building events focused on music, inspiring writings and prayers. Here is a brief summary of what is happening during the remainder of June:

Musical Prayer Station

On Father’s Day Sunday, Katharine Key did a superb job singing her authentic songs and leading us into reflection and meditation on the spiritual meaning of tests and difficulties!

“The mind and spirit of man advance when he is tried by suffering. The more the ground is ploughed the better the seed will grow, the better the harvest will be. Just as the plough furrows the earth deeply, purifying it of weeds and thistles, so suffering and tribulation free man from the petty affairs of this worldly life until he arrives at a state of complete detachment. His attitude in this world will be that of divine happiness. Man is, so to speak, unripe: the heat of the fire of suffering will mature him. Look back to the times past and you will find that the greatest men have suffered most.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Baha

The audience spanned four continents (Bulgaria, Colombia, Mongolia, Iran, the U.S., and… Texas), including a neighbor and her son who attended a portion of the house concert.

Tests and Difficulties from a Spiritual Perspective – Musical Prayer Station with Katharine Key

Tests and Difficulties from a Spiritual Perspective – Musical Prayer Station with Katharine Key

Prayer Station “Divine Mercy”

“It is better to guide one soul than to possess all that is on earth, for as long as that guided soul is under the shadow of the Tree of Divine Unity, he and the one who hath guided him will both be recipients of God’s tender mercy, whereas possession of earthly things will cease at the time of death.”
    (The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 75)

What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, music, fellowship, delectable refreshments, tea poured in peace, banana bread baked with love and shared with a smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing songs and prayers with friends gets us all closer to the Creator and recharges us for days ahead.

On June 23, 2013, I invite you and your loves ones to the regular Sunday evening interfaith Prayer Station!

I have many books of prayers from different faith traditions but if you wish, feel free to bring your own prayer.

We’ll start at 7:30 pm with light refreshments followed by reading of selected Holy Writings from diverse religions on the theme of Divine Mercy. We’ll also uplift and refresh our souls with music, and offer prayers as the spirit moves us.  We’ll conclude with tea and cake.

We’ll also say prayers for anyone in need, so if you can’t join us and would like to request prayers please contact me.

Fireside Discussions on Gleanings

“…even doubters would find a powerful strength in it, if they would read it alone, and would give their souls time to expand.” ~ Queen Marie of Rumania

A week later, on June 30th, 2013, we will continue with the next of a series of Fireside Discussions with Mr. Tony Joy who will accompany us in discovering  and exploring “Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. Mr. Joy recently published two books about the “magnificent gift”, as Shoghi Effendi called this compilation of selected tablets and extracts from tablets by Bahá’u’lláh. As always, we’ll start at 7:30 pm with light refreshments followed by readings and discussion, at 8:00 pm. In addition to Holy Words, we shall uplift and refresh our souls with spiritual music, and we’ll conclude with tea and sweets.

Please, join me in building community through prayer and meaningful conversations!

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