Welcome to The Land! New Schedule! (starting Jan 4th)

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 called on God, and Wisdom did come
I preferred her to scepters and thrones
I counted wealth as nothing to me
Compared to what a beauty was she…

I loved her more
Than health and beauty
Her radiance
Shines longer than light we see
Wisdom of God, came to dwell in our midst
Through Jesus Christ, our sins to eclipse

There lies in her a Holy Spirit
loving the good and irresistible
Steadfast and sure
peaceful and pure
Pervading all, and nowhere she is not

I loved her more
Than health and beauty
Her radiance
Shines longer than light we see
Wisdom of God, came to dwell in our midst
Through Jesus Christ, our sins to eclipse

Wisdom reflects God’s eternal light
A mirror of, the work of our God
Renewing all, remaining in herself
Tainted by none, and cleansing our souls

I loved her more
Than health and beauty
Her radiance
Shines longer than light we see
Wisdom of God, came to dwell in our midst
Through Jesus Christ, our sins to eclipse

The Servant’s Mission

Listen to me, O coastlands,
pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The Lord called me before I was born,
while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.

He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me away.

And he said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”

But I said, “I have labored in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my cause is with the Lord,
and my reward with my God.”

And now the Lord says,
who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
and that Israel might be gathered to him,
for I am honored in the sight of the Lord,
and my God has become my strength—
he says,

“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to restore the survivors of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Thus says the Lord,
the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations,
the slave of rulers,
“Kings shall see and stand up,
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves,
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

Pastor Stephanie Price

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

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is despair, hope

Where there is darkness, light

And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console

To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it’s in giving that we receive
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born,
to Eternal Life, Amen

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 all the earth oh Yahweh God
how glorious is your name
For you have set above the skies
your glory and your fame

From infants and from children’s lips
you ordered praise to sound
To silence all your enemies
the wicked to confound

When I regard the skies you made
your fingers’ work I trace
I see the moon and shining stars
which you have set in place

I ask myself, what’s humankind
that you should give him thought
The son of man that you to him
such gracious care have brought?

You made him little less than those
who dwell in heaven above
And you have crowned and honored him
with glory and with love

You gave him charge of all the works
created by your hand
And everything that you had made
to steward as you planned

All flocks and herds and birds and fish
all beasts both wild and tame
In all the earth, oh Yahweh God
how glorious is your name!

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…

Next Week

Saturday, December 21st: Pastor Stephanie will be preaching and Connor DeFehr will be leading us in music. After worship everyone is invited to Bev Robertson’s to assemble cookie bags for our caroling adventure on Sunday, December 22nd.

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.

Morning Discussion (join us at 9am)

Spend two minutes pondering these quotations and questions

“He does not say ‘God revealed his Son to me as you might expect. Instead he says, God revealed his Son in me’ (Galatians 1:16).”

When you can honor and receive your own moment of sadness or fullness as a gracious participation in the eternal sadness or fullness of God, you are beginning to recognize yourself as a participating member of this one universal Body. You are moving from I to We.”

How have you experienced this participation in the eternal sadness or fullness of God?

Reflect on the idea that this experience means you are “a participating member of this one universal Body.” If helpful, record any thoughts, images, or emotions that this brings up for you.

Read the following quotations silently:

“There is only Christ. He is everything and he is in everything

Paul calls this bigger Divine identity the mystery of his purpose, the hidden plan he so kindly made en Cristo from the very beginning (Ephesians 19) Today, we might call it the collective unconscious.”

Slowly read the following quotation out loud, repeating it twice more to let the words sink in

“I have never been separate from God, nor can I be, except in my mind

As you listened to the above quotation, what arose for you:
On a cognitive level? (Thoughts)
On an emotional level? (Feelings)
On a physiological level? (Sensations)

“Without a Shared and Big Story, we all retreat into private individualism for a bit of sanity and safely. Perhaps the primary example of our lack of attention to the Christ Mystery can be seen in the way we continue to pollute and ravage planet earth the very thing we all stand on and live from. Science now appears to love and respect physicality more than most religion does! No wonder that science and business have taken over as the major explainers of meaning for the vast majority of people today (even many who still go to church) We Christians did not take this world seriously. I’m Afraid because our notion of God or salvation didn’t include or honor the physical universe. And now, I am afraid, the world does not take us seriously.”

Take two minutes to reflect on this quote in silence. Then share your thoughts with the group

Spend two minutes pondering these quotations and questions

Just because you do not have the right word for God does not mean you are not having the right experience.”

Any kind of authentic God experience will usually feel like love or suffering or both. It will connect you to Full Reality at ever-new breadths and depths until God will be all in all’ (1 Corinthians 15:25). Our circles of belonging tend to either expand or constrict as life goes on.”

Has your faith life been more concerned with having the right word for God or having the right experience”? How has this affected you?

Are the circles of belonging expanding or constricting in your life right now?

“Do we really think that God had nothing at all to say for 13.7 billion years, and started speaking only in the latest nano-second of geological time Did all history prior to our sacred texts provide no basis for truth or authority? Of course not… But in the mid-nineteenth century grasping for the certitude and authority the church was quickly losing in the face of rationalism and scientism, Catholics declared the Pope be infallible and Evangelicals decided the Bible was inerrant, despite the fact that we had gotten along for most of eighteen hundred years without either belief. In fact, these claims would have seemed idolatrous to most early Christians.”

“After Augustine, most Christian theologies shifted from the positive vision of Genesis 1 to the darker vision of Genesis 3—the so-called fall, or what I am calling the problem. Instead of embracing God’s master plan for humanity and creation… Christians shrunk our image of both Jesus and Christ, and our Savior’ became a mere Johnny-come-lately ‘answer to the problem of sin, a problem that we had largely created ourselves.”

What stands out for you the most in these quotations?

reflect 1 min share 2 min each

You must allow some of the words in this book remain partially mysterious at least for a while. I know this can be dissatisfying and unsettling to our egoic mind, which wants to be in control every step of the way. Yet this is precisely the contemplative way of reading and listening and thus being drawn forward into a much larger field.

Seeing Christ as ubiquitous and eternal… is somewhat of a Reclamation project… what if Christ is another name for everything — in its fullness?

Read this scripture and take three mins to think of words that help summarize how you experience the resurrected Christ in the world today. (JOURNAL)

John 1

The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

Reflect for 2 min – group sharing

A merely personal God becomes tribal and sentimental and a mearly Universal God never leaves the realm of abstract and philosophical principles… together Jesus and Christ give us a God who is both personal and Universal

5 min to reflect on the contrast then share

As long as we keep God imprisoned retributive frame instead of a restorative frame we have no substantial good news; it is neither good nor new, but the same old Tired storyline of history. We pull God down to our level.

Building on 2 Peter 1:4, where the author says, ‘He has given us something very great and wonderful… you are able to share the divine nature! This is Christianity’s core good news and only transformative message.

“Contemplation is waiting patiently for the gaps to be filled in, and it does not insist on quick closure or easy answers. It never rushes to judgment and in fact avoids making quick judgments because judgments have more to do with egoic, personal control than with a loving search for truth.”

“Sit with each italicized sentence and, if need be, read it again until you feel its impact, until … the word becomes flesh’ for you!”

“Have you ever noticed that the expression the light of the world’ is used to describe the Christ (John 8:12), but that Jesus also applies the same phrase to us? (Matthew 5:14. ‘You are the light of the world.) Few preachers ever pointed that out to me.”

Lecto read twice – first reading is to familiarize yourself with the text
Second time “Let the words wash over you”
Matthew 5:14: “You are the light of the world.”

take turns sharing what word or phrase stood out for you and the connection between that word and our lives

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

Pet Emergencies

Seven Hills Vet Hospital
18325 E Girard Ave, Aurora, CO 80013

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.