Category Archives: Prayer

My Soul Rejoices: Quiet Day at CHS

bush-forsythiaJoin your friends at the Church of the Holy Spirit on Saturday, May 9 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm for a day of reflection and joy.

Parishioner Nancy Crewdson will lead us as we explore different ways to experience God and nurture our souls.

A soup and bread lunch will be provided. Come for the whole day or just the morning or afternoon. The day will conclude with the Eucharist.

We will spend time in meditations of several different styles, using scripture from Old and New Testaments. There will be times of silence, and times of talk and sharing.

Psalm 16:
8 I keep the Lord always before me;
because God is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure.
11 You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Questions? Call 650-714-1862 or email

Walk the Labyrinth at CHS on Friday December 12


Join us on Friday, December 12 for an evening Labyrinth walk with Eucharist followed by a light dinner. We will come together in soft candlelight to walk our labyrinth. With sacred music to guide our shoeless steps, we will open ourselves to silent conversation with God. The meditative evening will continue as we gather at God’s table to share in a simple Eucharist. The evening will conclude with a light soup supper. Finger labyrinths will also be available.

About the Labyrinth

The Church of the Holy Spirit is fortunate to have a beautiful canvas labyrinth for use as a prayer tool during special times of the liturgical year. All are welcome to explore and enjoy.

Our walking meditation in Advent is a prayer to God to receive the gifts we need and that each of us may become the gifts others need. We are silent and expectant as we walk with candlelight and music to prepare us for the wondrous gifts of sharing the Eucharist and enjoying a light supper together.

During the Middle Ages, labyrinths were used in cathedrals throughout Europe as a metaphor for the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Today, the labyrinth is a meditative tool that some use to recreate the traditional Advent pilgrimage in which one offers one’s whole being to God. You can learn more about labyrinths here.

As you walk the labyrinth:

  • Sit quietly and consider what concerns or people you would like to offer to God this day as you walk.
  • Take off your shoes and offer a prayer at the entrance to the labyrinth to begin your walk.
  • As you walk, lift up your concerns to God. If you feel like stopping at some point for a moment, do so.
  • If you need to pass another walker, just step quietly around and continue on your journey.
  • As you reach the center, stop and spend some time just noticing what God is offering you. Thank God for this time together and follow the path back out.
  • As you come to the end of your walk, turn towards the center and thank God again for this time with him.
  • Take a moment to sit and reflect on what you have experienced.

We ask that no food or drink be brought into the labyrinth area. Prior to walking the canvas labyrinth, please remove your footwear.

Lenten Quiet Day March 29

lenten quiet dayOn Saturday, March 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall, Patricia Clock, M.Div and Spiritual Director from Our Lady of the Cape Church, will lead
us in a Lenten Quiet Day, assisted by Mother Sarah. We will gather at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Please bring a bag lunch. The Labyrinth will also be available all day.

This Lenten Quiet Day replaces the one originally scheduled for March 15, which had to be postponed.

Walking the Labyrinth on March 14

labyrinth_4Margaret Rappaport will facilitate a walk on our canvas, indoor, Chartres-style Labyrinth in the Parish Hall. Our walk will be candlelit and will be accompanied by original music courtesy of Darlene Hagon.

Please join our labyrinth community in this meditation space once a month. It provides a marvelous setting for reflection and prayer.

The Labyrinth is available from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

World Day of Prayer This Friday

Art by Anne-Lise Hammann Jeannot

Art by Anne-Lise Hammann Jeannot

This Friday, March 1 marks the 2013 World Day of Prayer. Please join the celebration of this exciting ecumenical event at the Federated Church in Orleans on Friday at 1:00 pm.

The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. The organizing committee from France chose this year’s theme of “I was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me.” Please join us — all are welcome (men and women).

Read more information on the World Day of Prayer here.

CHS Advent Quiet Day December 15

Church of the Holy Spirit Pastoral Associate Sarah Kelb will lead a Advent Quiet Day titled Holy Waiting, Holy Joy: Seeking God in Quiet Anticipation on Saturday, December 15 at Christ Church Episcopal in Harwich Port.

Join us for a day of quiet reflection in anticipation of our Lord’s birth. We will begin at 9:30 am by gathering together and will move into Morning Prayer at 10:00 am. Throughout the morning and early afternoon, three reflections will be offered by CHS Pastoral Associate Sarah Kelb, as well as plenty of time to wait for the Lord in quiet anticipation. Closing prayers and dismissal will be at 3:00 pm.

Please note that this season’s Quiet Day is going to be held off-site. Christ Church is not far away and carpooling will be available. Please call the parish office to learn more about transportation options.

Things you might like to bring:

  • Your own personal Book of Common Prayer
  • A Bible
  • Other Spiritual readings
  • Any “prayer tools” you might have such as a prayer shawl, prayer beads, a prayer rope, a prayer stool/seiza bench, or a small icon.

Holy Waiting, Holy Joy: Seeking God in Quiet Anticipation
Saturday December 15
9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Christ Church Episcopal
671 Route 28
Harwich Port, MA
All are welcome!