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The Center for Spiritual Formation has been collecting some of the best resources on Spiritual Practice and Centering during this time and will pull some together for you here in one place. Please use them as you want if you believe they will be helpful for you. We are NOT suggesting you purchase anything that any of the resources recommend (some of them will offer reduced rates for additional resources), we are only sharing their best FREE resource with you. Hopefully within a few days we will also be able to offer some on line prayer groups/gatherings which you may join as you want. In the meantime, if we can pray for you or assist your formation practice for yourself or your faith community in any way, please send an email to centerformation1@gmail.com.

Refuge in God 6/4/2020

In God I take refuge. (Psalm 11:1; read Psalm 11 in its entirety.) Life is upside down. The righteous are troubled. The future is in doubt. In such moments, the Psalmist remembers that our hope is in God. This is not retreat, withdrawal, or denial, but immersion in the challenging realities of life, in the

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GOOD ENOUGH IS GOOD ENOUGH

GOOD ENOUGH IS GOOD ENOUGH (submitted by Debbie Heisley-Cato) For some, this time of “sheltering in place” and of limited social interaction has been a welcome relief and a time to reflect on what is really important about the life we live.  It has also been a time to reflect on what we can let

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In Places of Rest and Beauty

He makes me to lie down in green pastures…Psalm 23:2 How good it is to rest awhile! How good it is to sit under a tree, lie down in a field, or plant your beach chair looking at Craigville, Covell’s or Dowse’s Beach! How good it is to feast your eyes on beauty!We aren’t going

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Dealing with Anxiety

Week one:   During these times we may all be suffering from some anxiety. One of our Board members, Pastor JP Bohanan, has developed a video series on anxiety that we’re going to feature on our page. Our prayer is that you might find them helpful as we live together in these anxious times. Week two:

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The Daily Office

Thank you for your interest in The Daily Office. Please clink the link in order to download a copy of the booklet for your use. We suggest a donation of $10 to The Center for Spiritual Formation. You may mail a check to the office at 45 South West Street, Carlisle, PA 17013, or you

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Personal retreat at home https://youtu.be/b9FfOgnvcCc

  This resource will help you to experience a time of personal retreat wherever you are – even if that’s “sheltering in place” at home. Join Laura Baber, graduate of The Center’s Ministry of Spiritual Direction program as she walks you through a basic retreat experience.

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Rituals That Heal

Keep on doing the things you have learned and received and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:9) A good life joins order and novelty. In times of crisis, we need novel responses in order not only to survive but to thrive. We also need predictable spiritual practices, rituals, and behaviors. During

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Prayer

In these times of on-going “shelter in place” many of us find it hard to focus, hard to remember that we are loved by God for who we are, no matter where we are, and that God wants to enjoy our presence, to spend time with us, and to renew and refresh us through the

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Orchard Hill Diary

When Russell told me this story, I asked him to share it with us because I was so struck by the beauty that God revealed to him. Beauty found in “sleeping” lodges, in the blessing of outdoor work that relieves stress and is good for the soul, beauty that God shows to us even in

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In the Breaking of Bread 4/16/2020

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table

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