April 17 Gathering: Oh Lord, It’s Hard to be Humble!


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Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble
When you’re perfect in every way.
I can’t wait to look in the mirror.
Cause I get better looking each day.
To know me is to love me.
I must be a hell of a man.
Oh Lord It’s hard to be humble,
But I’m doing the best that I can.

–Mac Davis

 

Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit the earth.

— Jesus (Matt 5:5, CEB)

Why is humility so difficult? Honestly, it’s like the moment you think you’ve got it, you’ve lost it! Is pride that strong of a force? Can we ever overcome it?

And yet, if we think about the people we admire greatly, most of us would have at least one person on that list that exhibits great humility. What is it about humbleness that’s so attractive, yet so difficult? Could it be that our humility might be the most compelling thing about us and our churches? How might that effect the way we “do church,” not just on Sunday mornings, but every moment of every day?

This Sunday at New Wineskins, we’ll talk about humility, what it looks like, and some of the ways we can start to practice it better. Join us at the Marietta Brewing Company and be part of the conversation!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

 

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Nov. 8 Gathering: Spiritual Practices — Listening


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Listen.

The word itself gets our attention. But how good are we at actually doing it? And how can the act of listening be a spiritual practice?

We can practice spiritual listening in conversation, in meditation, in prayer, and in studying scripture. But like other spiritual practices, it requires–well–practice. We have to learn to turn off our internal monologue, stop planning our response before our conversation partner is done speaking, and stop thinking “how does this affect ME?”

Elijah encountered God not in the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire, but in the still, small whisper. Hearing that voice requires patience and inentionality. Join us this Sunday, Nov. 8, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company to enjoy food and drink together as we discuss the spiritual practice of listening and learn from one another how we can all listen better and more effectively.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

Feb. 22 Gathering: Spiritual Practices


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Prayer. Meditation. Study. Worship. Fasting. Silence. Sabbath. Service.

Our spiritual life brings with it many opportunities for activities that help us grow closer to God and one another. Many bring us deep joy and satisfaction, but others sometimes seem to be difficult.

Join us this Sunday, Feb. 22, at The Marietta Brewing Company as we talk about the various practices and disciplines we employ in our spiritual journeys, what barriers get in our way, and perhaps even encourage each other to find new and engaging ways to grow deeper in our faith.

Come ready to ask questions and share your own practices, as well as to openly and honestly discuss the things we wish we were better at!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm