Wrestling with Spirit

Every Wednesday from Feb. 25 – Mar. 25th, between 7 and 8:30pm, in the TSP Chapel


Hagar and Ishmael in the Wilderness

Gustave Doré (1832-1883), “Hagar and Ishmael in the Wilderness,”

The Nurturing Community & Discipleship Circle, with the Worship and Faith Formation Circle, has planned a series of evenings designed to support you on your Lenten journey. We thank Wendy Cameron for hosting the series! This year’s theme is “Wrestling with Spirit”.


Richard Rohr, in his book Falling Upwards, writes, “You are already in the eternal flow that Christians would call the divine life of the trinity.” Yet, as we journey along the river of Lent towards Easter, there are tricks and turns where the river bends and renegotiates its path. Immediately after Jesus was baptized, Spirit led him into the wilderness where Jesus wrestled with temptations and God’s call.  We find ourselves not only “listening to the Spirit”, but also “wrestling” with what we hear. We invite you to come and be sustained through your Lenten wrestling with the spiritual practices of bible study, chant, prayer, reflection, and learning in community. By grace, we will come into the Easter season as whole, visionary, prophetic people for a flourishing world.

Wednesday Feb. 25th, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Led by Vicki Obedkoff, based on the March 1 lectionary

“The Lost Gospel”

Is the cross or a wedding the essential symbol of Christian discipleship? How does Christian faith help us handle our suffering as well as desire for joyous, justice-seeking relationship? Bible study led by Vicki Obedkoff, grounded in the March 1 lectionary scriptures and intriguing thesis of “The Lost Gospel” about Jesus and Mary Magdalena.


Wednesday March 4th  7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Led by Ann Russell, TSP Climate Justice working group

“Dying Seas and Living Water: Moving from Lament to Hope Using Creative Arts”

This session is an opportunity to connect creatively with our relationship to water. As Lent is often thought of as a time of soul cleansing, or of forging a new spiritual path through a difficult time, we discern that we and the Earth are in the midst of a desert time and are in need of cleansing. We hear God calls to forge a new path that will allow all of creation to flourish. Using Scripture and contemporary writing to reflect on God’s gift of life-sustaining water, participants will be invited to engage in creative arts to express our fears, hopes and dreams about our relationship with water and replenish our spiritual energy for the work we do individually and collectively to restore the health of the world’s oceans.


Wednesday March 11th,  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Led by Paige Fraser, inter-generational session

“Spiritual Practices for all ages”

A spiritual practice is a tool for becoming aware of God within the normalcy of life—it injects the sacred into elements that could otherwise seem just everyday. All ages are welcome to join us as we explore practices from around the world that draw us closer to the Spirit through the use of art, crafts, movement, music, words and senses.


Wednesday March 18st   7:00 – 8:30 p.m.   Led by Kelly Colwell, Public Witness Circle

“Wrestling with the News”

The 24-hour news cycle and globalization of information means that it’s possible to be better-informed than ever before about the wide array of problems facing people and places all over the world.  Plus, instead of reading text about these issues, we are constantly barraged with graphic video and first-person accounts, the more sensational the better, from these situations.  Faced with this, how do we nourish and sustain our attention?  How do we hold our hope and our belief in the possibility of change?  During this sesssion, we will wrestle with this dilemma and experiment with some spiritual practices that might help us maintain our life-affirming Easter faith  in the face of so much death and destruction.


Wednesday March 25th     7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Led by David S. Craig, Christian chanting.

Chanting is a wonderful way to access the spirit and deepen our internal faith experience.  It is less about ‘wrestling’ and more about ‘wooing’ … being a spirit singer.  David S. Craig will lead the group in singing short and familiar musical pieces reverently and repeatedly so that the words and feeling sink deep into our being.  The pieces will be chosen with Brad’s input and our singing will have musical support from Susan Craig on piano.  Between the extended moments of singing, there will be opportunities for journaling and small group reflection.


Please RSVP for the session(s) you will attend to lentenseries@trinitystpauls.ca and for questions in general about the series contact Betsy Anderson andersonbetsy528@gmail.com. All sessions will be in the TSP Chapel.