Welcome to The Land!

Gathering at 10am followed by Brunch
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The Land is an outdoor faith community dedicated to connecting with and caring for all of Creation!

Our community is open ALL! The labels and distinctions of society tend to divide us, at The Land we call on God’s love to unite us.

We take a few moments to release the pressures of our lives, bringing ourselves completely to this time and space and readying ourselves to receive that which divine presence has for us to share.

I once was lost in sin but Jesus took me in
And then a little light from Heaven filled my soul
He bathed my heart in love and wrote my name above
And just a little talk with Jesus made me whole

Now let us have a little talk with Jesus
Let us tell Him all about our troubles
He will hear our faintest cry and we will answer by and by
Now when you feel a little prayer wheel turning
You'll know a little fire is burning
You will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right

I may have doubts and fears my eyes be filled with tears
But Jesus is a friend who watches day and night
Oh, I go to Him in prayer, He knows my every care
And just a little talk with Jesus gonna makes it right

Now let us have a little talk with Jesus
Let us tell Him all about our troubles
He will hear our faintest cry and we will answer by and by
Now when you feel a little prayer wheel turning
You'll know a little fire is burning
You will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right

Now let us have a little talk with Jesus
Let us tell Him all about our troubles
He will hear our faintest cry and we will answer by and by
Now when you feel a little prayer wheel turning
Then you'll know a little fire is burning
You will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right

The Joy of Forgiveness

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

While I kept silence, my body wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up[a] as by the heat of summer.Selah

Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the guilt of my sin.Selah

Therefore let all who are faithful
offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress,[b] the rush of mighty waters
shall not reach them.
You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.Selah

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,
else it will not stay near you.

Many are the torments of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

Pastor Stephanie Price

At The Land, communion is an open table where all are invited to participate.

You Are My Hiding Place

You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You

I will trust in You
Let the weak say
I am strong
In the strength of the Lord

You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You

I will trust in You
Let the weak say I am strong
In the strength of the Lord
I will trust in You

Guitar

You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart
With songs of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid
I will trust in You

I will trust in You
Let the weak say
I am strong
In the strength of the Lord

To make a pledge of financial support to The Land, please visit use our online Pledge Card or visit our Donation Page

We invite you to participate in nurturing The Land by adding compost to our compost bin (info here), supporting us financially and by spending time in fellowship.

In a many colored garden we are growing side by side
We will rise all together, we will rise.
With the sun and rain upon us not a row will be denied
We will rise all together we will rise.
We will rise like the ocean, we will rise like the sun
We will rise all together we will rise
In our many colored fabrics made from strands of common thread
We will rise all together we will rise.

We can feed our grain to cattle and the rich man will be fed
We will rise all together, we will rise
Or we’ll feed our grain to people so that millions will be fed
We will rise all together, we will rise
We will rise like the ocean, we will rise like the sun
We will rise all together we will rise
No more will there be hunger in these strands of common thread
We will rise all together we will rise.

In the cold and fear of hatred clothed in dignity we stand
We will rise all together we will rise.
We have pieced this quilt together linking hearts with stitching hands
We will rise all together we will rise
We will rise like the ocean, we will rise like the sun
We will rise all together we will rise
We are spirits drawn together by our strands of common thread
We will rise all together we will rise.

Our Gathering continues with Brunch!

We also invite you to share in the joy and wonder of creation by taking a reflective walk around The Land. Our path was is a loving and generous gift from the Youth Group at McFarlin UMC, Norman, Oklahoma!

A time of sharing the Divine love of Creation and each other…

CONNECT w/Pastor Stephanie

Do you have questions about The Land and would like to learn more about our vision and mission? Pastor Stephanie would love to have coffee/tea with you!

Cell Phone: 720-955-4799
Email: stephanie@thelandumc.org

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Parking at The Land

We gather for worship at the tent located at the far east of the property. While there is parking available in the lot directly to the right of the green entry gate, there are three spots right next to the tent for people who need them. Please don’t hesitate to use them if you need them for health reasons or as an loading/unloading area.

9am Saturday Morning Education Hour

The 9am Saturday morning education hour will continue their study on Richard Rohr’s “The Universal Christ,” through Saturday, March 7th. Beginning Saturday, March 14th the group will begin a 10-week study on William C. Guerrant Jr.’s book, “Organic Wesley: A Christian Perspective on Food, Farming, and Faith.”

Easter Sunrise Gathering

Witness the sun rising above the prairie this Easter at The Land! Service begins at 6am with a light brunch to follow. Friendly dogs always welcome.

Kids Summer Garden Camp

The Land will be hosting its first annual garden kids camp this summer! Kids, ages 7 through 11, are invited to register for a fun, outdoor experience that will provide each child with opportunities to connect their faith with the food they eat, the gardens they grow and the soil that makes it all possible. Similar to a traditional VBS, crafts, snacks and sing-along’s will all be a part of this kids garden camp. Children are required to wear boots to attend and should be willing to use a port-a-potty, just in case! The camp will be run by Pastor Stephanie and The Land’s summer intern, Addison Short. Registration is open and available online at thelandaurora.org but space for the camp will be limited to the first 20 children. The cost of the day camp is $40/per child and will be needed to reserve your child’s space in the 2020 garden camp.

Farewell Celebration for Rev. Connor DeFehr

Join us on Saturday, May 30th for a special worship gathering and brunch to thank Connor for his year of faithfulness serving the people of The Land. Connor and his beautiful family will be moving back to Rochester, New York this summer to be closer to family. We wish Connor a wonderful new beginning as he seeks new opportunities to share his many gifts in pastoral care and leadership.

Host Home Needed for Land’s Summer Intern

The Land is excited to welcome Addison Short as their 2020 Mission Site Coordinator Intern! Addison will be coming from Norman, OK where she has been the college intern for the McFarlin UMC Youth Program. The Land is looking for a host home for Addison during her internship this summer. Ideally, this would be a home that provided Addison with her own bathroom and additional space for privacy. If you would like to talk more about the possibility of being Addison’s host home for the Summer, please contact Pastor Stephanie at stephanie@thelandumc.org or 720-955-4799.

Lenten Obit. Devotional

If you have an obituary of somone you have loved and lossed, Pastor Stephanie will be reading an obituary a day as a Lenten Devotional this Season. Please feel welcome to send your loved one’s obituary to be read by emailing it to stephanie@thelandumc.org.

Morning Discussion (join us at 9am)

Very important and an utterly new idea from Paul was that the gospel was not about following some criteria outside of the human person which he called ‘the law’, but that the locus of authority had changed to inside the human person.

Have you experienced this locus of authority transition from outside to inside the human person in your own spirituality?
How has this affected your experience fo the good news of the Gospel?

Paul would have agreed with Jesus, I think, that humans are punished by their sins more than for their sins

What layers of meaning does this quote have for you?

It is very interesting to me that the New Testament only sends out those (Apostolos) who can be witnesses to resurrection (Luke 24:48. Acts 1:22. 3:15b, 13:31), that is, witnesses to this immense inner and outer conversation that is always going on. Otherwise, we have little to say that is really helpful, and we just create unnecessary problems for people. Negative or cynical people, conspiracy theorists, and all predictors of Armageddon are the opposites of witnesses to resurrection. And many such people appear to be running the world and even the churches, The Christ of John’s Gospel says, ‘Be Brave. I have overcome the world and its hopelessness’ Courage and confidence is our message. Not threat and fear

Focusing on the final quote, from John’s Gospel, write down the first thoughts, feelings, sensations, or images that come to you?

If you are frightened into God, it is never the true God that you meet. If you are loved into God, you meet a God worthy of both Jesus and Christ, How you get there is where you arrive.

How did you get there? Where have you arrived today?

I would insist that the foundation of Jesus’s social program is what I will call non-idolatry or the withdrawing of your enthrallment from all kingdoms except the Kingdom of God… Non Attachment (freedom from full or final loyalties to man-made domination systems) is the best way I know of protecting people from religious zealotry any kind of antagonistic thinking or behavior. There is nothing to be against, but just keep concentrating on the Big Thing you are for!

Paul’s notion of sin comes amazingly close to our present understanding of addiction… The addict, or sinner, does not actually enjoy the world as much as he or she is enslaved to it, in Paul’s understanding. Jesus had come to offer us a true alternative social order here and not just a ‘way to heaven’ later.

Almost all people are carrying a great and secret hurt, even when they don’t know it.

The only way out of deep sadness is to go with it and through it..
When I try to heroically do it alone, I slip into distractions, denials, and pretending – and I do not learn sufferings softening lessons.

What is coming up for you as you reflect on these quotations?

What has been your experience of “deep sadness? Have you gone through it alone and slipped into distractions, denials,or pretending?

What is it like, or what would it be like “to go with it and through it” Is there someone in your life that could support you?

Jesus did not come to change God’s mind about us. It did not need changing. Jesus came to change our minds about God and about ourselves and about where goodness and evil really lie.

Briefly share the word or phrase that stood out for you

Thinking he could solve the problem of sin inside of the medieval code of feudal honor and shame, Anselm said, in effect. Yes, a price did need to be paid to restore God’s honor, and it needed to be paid to God the Father, by one who was equally divine…. In authoritarian and patriarchal cultures, most people were fully programmed to think this way…. This understanding also nullifies any in-depth spiritual journey: Why would you love or trust or desire to be with such a God?

Decide what you may want to share with the group; is your focus primarily on the ideas and theology of shame-based thinking, or is it primarily on your personal experience of shame-based thinking?

The Divine Mind transforms all human suffering by identifying completely with the human predicament and standing in full solidarity with it from beginning to end. This is the real meaning of the crucifixion. The cross is not just a singular event. It’s a statement from God that reality has a cruciform pattern.

Notice what in this statement resonates with you

When Jesus spoke the words ‘This is my Body,’ I believe he was speaking not just about the bread right in front of him, but about the whole universe, about everything that is physical, material, and yet also spirit-filled. … The bread and wine, and all of creation, seem to believe who and what they are much more readily than humans do. They know they are the Body of Christ, even if the rest of us resist such a thought.

Take a moment to examine your own hands. Do you know that your hands and your entire physical body “are the Body of Christ”? What thoughts, questions, or images that come to you

As I watch Catholics receive communion at Mass, I notice that some, after taking the bread and wine, turn toward the altar or the Sacred box that reserves the bread and bow or genuflect as a gesture of respect, as if the Presence were still over there… Don’t they realize that the Eucharist was supposed to be a full transference of identity to them?”

I have known many Evangelicals who received Jesus Jesus into their hearts but still felt the need to get saved’ again every Friday night. Did they not believe that a real transförmation happened if they made a genuine surrender and reconnected to their Source? Most of us understandably start the journey assuming that God is ‘up there’, and our job is to transcend this world to find him

We Spend so much time trying to get up there, we miss that God’s
big leap in Jesus was to come down here!

reflecting on these quotes – where is God for you?

Humanity now needs a Jesus who is historical relevant for real life, physical and concrete, like we are. A Jesus whose life can save you even more than his death. Jesus we can practically imitate, and who sets the bar for what it means to be fully human. And a Christ who is big enough to hold all creation together in one harmonious unity

What aspects of this passage can inform us at The Land as we seek spiritual meaning?

We were made to love and trust this world, ‘to cultivate it and take care of it’ (Genesis 2:15), but for some sad reason we preferred to emphasize the statement that comes three verses later, which seems to say that we should dominate the earth (1:28), where within one generation we become killers of our brothers (Genesis 4:8).

In what ways have you loved and trusted this world?

In what ways have you sought to dominate or enforce your own way in the world?

What have been the repercussions of both approaches, in your own life and in the lives of those around you?

Remember, the archetypal encounter between doubting Thomas and the Risen Jesus (John 20:19-28) is not really a story about believing in the fact of the resurrection, but a story about believing that someone could be wounded and also resurrected at the same time!… Put your finger here,’ Jesus says to Thomas (20:27). And, like Thomas, we are indeed wounded and resurrected at the same time, all of us. In fact, this might be the primary pastoral message of the whole Gospel.”

We cannot jump over this world, or its woundedness, and still try to love God. We must love God through, in, with, and even because of this world.

Take a minute to reflect on these quotations and relate them to your own life. Do you have experience of being “wounded and resurrected at the same time”?

The Lectio is from chapter 5

“The Crucified and Risen Christ uses the mistakes of the past to create a positive future, a future of redemption instead of retribution. He does not eliminate or punish the mistakes. He uses them for transformative purposes. People formed by such love are indestructible. Forgiveness might just be the very best description of what God’s goodness engenders in humanity.”

What words or phrases stand out in this passage?

“After years of counseling both religious and nonreligious people, it seems to me that most humans need a love object (which will then become a subject!) to keep themselves both sane and happy. That love object becomes our ‘North Star,’ serving as our moral compass and our reason to keep putting one foot in front of the other in a happy and hopeful way. All of us need someone or something to connect our hearts with our heads. Love grounds us by creating focus, direction, motivation, even joy and if we don’t find these things in love, we usually will try to find them in hate.”

Questions:
When have you experienced this love object with someone (or something)?
What was positive or whole about that experience?

When have you lacked having a love object in your life? How did this affect you?

Jesus refused to “enforce or even bother with what he considered secondary issues like the Sabbath, ritual laws, purity codes, membership requirements, debt codes, on and on. He saw they were only ‘human commandments,’ which far too often took the place of love.”

Reflect on the “membership requirements” and experiences of “human commandments” that have been formative in your early-stage religious experiences.

What experiences helped you and your spiritual development?
What experiences hindered you and your spiritual development?

“Many educated and sophisticated people are not willing to submit to indirect, subversive, and intuitive knowing, which is probably why they rely far too much on external law and ritual behavior to achieve their spiritual purposes.”

Give and receive welcome. People learn best in hospitable spaces. In this circle we support each other’s learning by giving and receiving hospitality.

Be present as fully as possible. Be here with your doubts, fears and failings as well as your convictions, joys and successes, your listening as well as your speaking.

What is offered in the circle is by invitation, not demand. This is not a “share or die” event! Do whatever your soul calls for, and know that you do it with our support. Your soul knows your needs better than we do.

Speak your truth in ways that respect other people’s truth. Our views of reality may differ, but speaking one’s truth in a circle of trust does not mean interpreting, correcting or debating what others say. Speak from your center to the center of the circle, using “I” statements, trusting people to do their own sifting and winnowing.

No fixing, saving, advising or correcting each other. This is one of the hardest guidelines for those of us who like to “help.” But it is vital to welcoming the soul, to making space for the inner teacher.

Learn to respond to others with honest, open questions. Do not respond with counsel or corrections. Using honest, open questions helps us “hear each other into deeper speech.”

When the going gets rough, turn to wonder. Turn from reaction and judgment to wonder and compassionate inquiry. Ask yourself, “I wonder why they feel/think this way?” or “I wonder what my reaction teaches me about myself?” Set aside judgment to listen to others—and to yourself—more deeply.

Attend to your own inner teacher. We learn from others, of course. But as we explore poems, stories, questions and silence in a circle of trust, we have a special opportunity to learn from within. So pay close attention to your own reactions and responses, to your most important teacher.

Trust and learn from the silence. Silence is a gift in our noisy world, and a way of knowing in itself. Treat silence as a member of the group. After someone has spoken, take time to reflect without immediately filling the space with words.

Observe deep confidentiality. Safety is built when we can trust that our words and stories will remain with the people with whom we choose to share, and are not repeated to others without our permission.

Know that it’s possible to leave the circle with whatever it was that you needed when you arrived, and that the seeds planted here can keep growing in the days ahead.

In Case of Emergency

Rattlesnake Bites

If you are bitten, remain calm and call 911.
Say you are at 840 S. Powhatan Road, Aurora.
If for any reason that does not work go to:
UC Health Emergency Care at Anschutz Medical Campus
12505 E 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045
720 848 9111

General Emergencies

UCHealth Urgent Care – Quincy,
16951 E Quincy Ave, Aurora, CO 80015
303-752-5480

Pet Emergencies

Seven Hills Vet Hospital
18325 E Girard Ave, Aurora, CO 80013
303-669-1600

Rattlesnakes may be found in this area. They are important members of the natural community. They will not attack, but if disturbed or cornered, they will defend themselves. Give them distance and respect.

Important Points:
  • Rattlesnakes only bite people in self-defense.
  • Rattlesnakes don’t have to be coiled to bite.
  • Rattlesnakes don’t always rattle before biting.
  • Snakes prefer 70˚F to 90˚F but may be out in the sun at 60˚F.
  • Less than 0.1% of bites are fatal. Get help quickly.
  • Never intentionally approach a rattlesnake. 56% of bites occur when people pursue the snake.
Bottom Line:
  • Wear high boots to walk through the grass.
  • Watch the ground as you walk.
  • If you can’t see the ground in grass or weeds, move slowly.
  • Do not run on ground you cannot see.
  • When you see or hear a snake leave the area immediately and warn others.
  • Make sure the area is safe before taking a pet off-leash.