SAINT BENEDICT ON THE FREEWAY: A Rule of Life for the 21st Century

            In this 21st century life of ours, it seems that busy-ness and technology get in the way of our remaining aware of the presence of God in our lives, day in day out. It often takes some major event of some kind to cause us to open our hearts to God with us. That kind of event and contingent awareness sticks with us for a time.  But sooner or later, as the crisis wanes, we drift back into a more normal mode and our desire for God seems to lag until the next huge event.

            IN SAINT BENEDICT ON THE FREEWAY, Dr. Corinne Ware looks at the ancient practices of practicing the presence of God, in the light of modern-day lifestyles. The Rule of St. Benedict was originated in intentional Christian communities such as the Monastery of St. Benedict in Nursia.  The Rule provided a structured way of life that offered frequent reminders throughout the day of God’s nature and eternal presence. While it may seem impossible to stop and have prayer multiple times of the day on the kind of schedule expected of the ancient brothers, some of the prayer and worship tasks of the Rule can be used to guide us through our day.

            This study will investigate the various tasks of the Rule of St. Benedict; introduce us to various ways of praying, and open to us some of the ways that having our own rule of Life can open us to new encounters with the God who created us and is with us at every moment.

            The class will meet on four consecutive Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Smith, 116 North 12th Street.  The class will begin on Thursday, October 26th and run through Thursday, November 16th. Reminder lunch will not be served but you are welcome to bring your own sack lunch. You may call the church office if you need additional information.  A limited number of books will be available on the counter in the Church office.  If you would please sign the attendance sheet, so we will have a rough idea of how many to expect.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Rev. Terry McLellan