Sabbath at Home ~ Chanting for Peace
Sunday, September 24, 2017
2:30 pm

Meditative chanting and prayers for peace based on “Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace” by John Philip Newell.

As a community of faith, we will sing, pray, and listen for God. Music and accompaniment will be provided by a harpist assisted by other instruments and cantors.  The prayers and chants have elements of Christian, Hebrew, and Muslim traditions. While these three religions may pray in different ways with different texts, in the end they are all reaching for same thing.

Chanting for Peace is part of Sabbath at Home – a special edition of Sabbath Away – and will also include small group discussions, and a community meal, ending around 6:00 PM. You are encouraged to stay for the entire time together.

Eternal God, Creator of the universe, there is no God but You.
Great and wonderful are Your works, wondrous are your ways.
Thank You for the many splendoured variety of Your creation.
Thank You for the many ways we affirm Your presence and purpose,
and the freedom to do so.
Forgive our violation of Your creation.  Forgive our violence toward each other.
We stand in awe and gratitude for Your persistent love
for each and all of Your children:
Christian, Jew, Muslim,
as well as those with other faiths.
Grant to all and our leaders attributes of the strong;
mutual respect in words and deed,
restraint in the exercise of power, and
the will for peace with justice, for all.
Eternal God, Creator of the universe, there is no God but You. Amen.

(Prayer for Peace by Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy from The World Council of Churches)

This is a time to pray for peace.


The Spiritual Formation Ministry Unit invites you to experience the beautiful offerings we coordinate for the SCPC Community.  You don’t have to “join” or come every time, rather you are invited to come as you are able, participate, listen and open yourself to spiritual growth for you and this community.  SFMU offers a wide variety of prayerful experiences to nurture a listening spirit in us as we grow more aware of God’s presence, learning to listen more fully for God’s voice speaking.

Sabbath Away ~ worship the last Sunday of each month

Next DateSeptember 24**
Special “Sabbath at Home” — see abovesabbathaway2017-1

at the McCann School in Petersburg
C. Barton McCann School of Art –

Registration begins at 2:00 pm
Music and Program at 2:30 pm
Simple Dinner from 5:00-6:00 pm

*All ages are invited
* Solitude in nature
* Large group gathering
* Music & prayer
* Small group discussion
* Personal reflection
* Experiential learning
* Hands-on art for children & interested adults
* Simple meal and closing worship
* Support for living authentically in the world
* Always a take-away!

The afternoon provides time for personal reflection, a chance to get acquainted with others through a small group experience (or further time on your own), the option to participate in an art activity, music, prayer, and a simple meal.  Sabbath away is intended to deepen faith and build community.  All ages are welcome and encouraged to bring a friend.  There is no childcare, but the art offering will be appropriate for grade school (and older) and parent supervised younger children.

Please contact the church office (238-2422) if you are planning to attend and/or would like to be on the email list for more information.

  June 25 Sabbath Away: What Really Matters

You are invited to enjoy a meaningful afternoon at the McCann School of Art.   Registration is from 2:00-2:30 pm.  Group Welcome and singing begins at 2:30 pm.  The afternoon includes prayer, singing, solitude, small group conversation, and dinner together (ending at 6:00 pm).  Jackie Hook will lead us.  In her book, What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying, hospice physician, Karen Wyatt, shares the similarities Jesus’ Seven Last Words have with the experiences she witnessed in her dying patients. These words provide powerful lessons for the living on what matters most. In our time together, we’ll learn about these lessons and how paying attention to them can help us live more fully now.

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All are invited to participate (usually on the last Sunday of the month) at the McCann School of Art.  Please note the time change, as Registration is from 2:00-2:30 pm.  Group Welcome and singing begins at 2:30 pm.

Contact Roger Garthwaite with any questions.


Taizé Prayer taizesm

Join us on the first Thursday of each month from 6:00-6:30 pm in The Martin Room (mid level of church) for a beautifully reflective and musical Taize prayer service.   You can learn more about this special style of worship from the monastic tradition in Taize, France here.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is offered each week for 20-30 minutes in the Tower Prayer room, just off the sanctuary at 12:15 pm.   Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer which assists us in deepening our relationship with and groundedness in God. This form of prayer is based on early Christian tradition of silence, solitude, simplicity and openness.

We have Centering Prayer workshops throughout the year.  You can contact Mary Boutselis or Mary Jane Kistler for more information about these meaningful gatherings.

There are a variety of Centering Prayer weekly gatherings in our community, which you can learn more about at Contemplative Outreach of Central PA.

Devotionals Available by E-Mail

We offer an thoughtful daily devotion each Advent and Lent. Subscribers will receive a personal reflection (from church members, staff and friends of the church), prayer and quotes based on scripture.  If you are not already on the devotional email list and would like to be, you may join our mailing list here.  You can edit your preferences for the email lists available.

Spiritual Direction

A Spiritual Direction Ministry has been established through the Spiritual Formation Ministry Unit. Spiritual direction is the art and practice of companioning you on your spiritual journey. It is an ancient tradition that encourages you to look for God’s presence and grace in the everyday moments and events of your life. This ministry is available to all. Contact Jackie Naginey Hook (814-404-0546) for more information about spiritual direction or to schedule an appointment.

Senior Rites of Passage Retreats

Offers in depth experiences for high school seniors (& their families) to faithfully support, acknowledge and mark their transition from childhood to young adulthood.  Paul Meister coordinates, CROSSINGS, a Rites of Passage retreats for the boys (the Crossings) over the Memorial Day weekend.   Any interested families of seniors can contact Paul for more information.