Dear Friend,

The Praise and Worship Center wants to invite you to a special event on "Wills and Trusts: Are you Prepared?" The event will be tomorrow, Thursday, September 22 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am in the church. This event is open to everyone. Any questions, please contact Pastor Mark Dippre.

There is only one session left of “Bible Study with Fr. Dale.” The turnout has been wonderful! Our last bible study is this coming Sunday, September 25 from 8:45 am t0 9:30 am in Building 4:12. We are studying the Book of Proverbs.

Do You Want to Inspire Others in Our Community? We are looking for writers for our weekly website reflections. Your subject would be on how Jesus is working in your life, an experience in ministry that inspired you, or something in a spiritual nature that you would like to share with the community. The word limit would be 500 to 600 words. If you are interested, please email Kevin at [email protected].

The School of Prayer is coming this fall to PWC! Mark your calendars for Wednesday evenings: October 12, 19, 26 November 2 and 9 at 7:00 pm. The School of Prayer will explore different ways and styles of prayer and why we are called to prayer as Christians. The goal of the School of Prayer is to explain and experience how one can have an intimate relationship with God through prayer. You are most welcome to invite your friends!

Check out the book Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone by James Martin in the Cross Shop. This will be the book we will be using for the School of Prayer in October. For your summer reading you can start now, have it done and be ready for the class. It is on sale for only $22.99.

In his book Learning to Pray James Martin offers us an image of God who “taps, knocks, calls out, whispers” - inviting us into the presence of the “Beckoner.” Please join us each Wednesday at 6:00 pm prior to the School of Prayer October 12 - November 9 for Lectio Divina and Contemplative Prayer. If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Karen Klemens.

A Spiritual Director or Companion provides support and listens for the signs of the Spirit at work in your life. He/she is there to assist the seeker in discovering their deepest identity in Christ and as a sounding board as one searches for meaning and purpose in life. Deacon Karen is a fellow seeker who has been formed, rooted and trained in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition. She is available to meet Wednesday afternoons by appointment. If interested, please contact her at 602-677-4027.

Check out our Fall 2022 Calendar, it contains all the events going on at PWC from September through December. Please review the calendar and see how you can get involved at PWC this fall: Fall 2022 Calendar.

Our website reflections inspire every week! During the month of September we are going to take a break and give our writers a well deserved rest. In the meantime, check out past reflections to help inspire you! Click on our Weekly Reflection Tile and be nourished. Here is the link: PWC Reflections Page.

PWC would not be where it is at today, without your tithing. From meeting countless needs within our community your financial gift allows us to minister to so many people from those wanting to learn more about their faith, to couples looking to enrich their marriage, to children seeking to know Jesus, and to those who are sick desiring the healing touch of Jesus. Thank You! If you have been gone for the summer and have not been giving, it would be very much appreciated if you would make up your gift to help us meet our expenses. Our collections are always down for the summer.
Here are the different ways you can tithe to PWC:
Mail in your gift to: Praise and Worship Center, 2551 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225.
Donate on our web page: Donation Form.
Sign up for monthly giving with a credit card or voided check. Just call the office at 480-649-0300 or stop by the office.

PWC Kids is this Sunday, September 25 at 9:30 am in Building 4:12. Contact Rachel Freeman for more information about PWC Kids at 480-649-0300 [email protected]. Please Note: PWC Kids is for young people grades K through Five.

Thank you to those who signed up to minister on Sunday morning with PWC Kids. If you would like to volunteer on Sunday morning, please sign up in the church office and Rachel will contact you.

Fr. Mike Lessard is available for pastoral counseling on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Please call the church office to make an appointment at 480-649-0300. Fr. Mike is an excellent resource!

Don’t forget about The Cross Shop. It is open during regular office hours. We have a number of inspirational books that during this time of social distancing would make for great spiritual reading especially since it is so hot outside.

Do you want to listen to an inspiring sermon again? You can listen to our Sunday sermons from both of us on your computer, tablet, or phone. This is an excellent way to re-listen to a message. A great way is to listen on your phone. We know of many people, who, when they go for a walk or exercise listen to a podcast. Now you can do that with PWC. On your smart phone, whether an Apple or Android, download the app: Podbean and then find the PWC podcasts. There are a few Praise and Worship Centers out there, so make sure you find the podcast with our logo. After finding PWC press FOLLOW. New sermons will be available every Tuesday on our website and Podbean.

A Reflection from Richard Rohr:
The Power of Forgiveness
Among the most powerful of human experiences is to give or to receive forgiveness. I am told that two-thirds of the teaching of Jesus is directly or indirectly about this mystery of forgiveness: God’s breaking of God’s own rules. That’s not surprising, because forgiveness is probably the only human action that reveals three goodnesses simultaneously! When we forgive, we choose the goodness of the other over their faults, we experience God’s goodness flowing through ourselves, and we also experience our own goodness in a way that surprises us. That is an awesome coming together of power, both human and divine.

Eventually, I believe, we will all forgive one another because we have been forgiven, but let’s do it now and not wait until later. Let’s ask for the grace to let go of those grudges and hurts to which we cling. How else will we ever be free?

If we don’t “get” forgiveness, we’re missing the whole mystery. We are still living in a world of meritocracy, of quid-pro-quo thinking, of performance and behavior that earns an award. Forgiveness is the great thawing of all logic, reason, and worthiness. It is a melting into the mystery of God as unearned love, unmerited grace, the humility and powerlessness of a Divine Lover.

Without radical and rule-breaking forgiveness—received and given—there will be no reconstruction of anything. It alone breaks down our worldview of trying to buy and sell grace. Grace is certainly the one gift that must always be free, perfectly free, in order for it to work. Without forgiveness, there will be no future. We have hurt one another in too many historically documented and remembered ways. The only way out of the present justified hatreds of the world is grace.

An eagerness and readiness to love is the ultimate freedom and future. When we’ve been included in the spaciousness of divine love, there is just no room for human punishment, vengeance, rash judgment, or calls for retribution. We certainly see none of this small-mindedness in the Risen Christ after his own rejection, betrayal, and cruel death; we don’t see it even from his inner circle, or in the whole New Testament. I really cannot imagine a larger and more spacious way to live. Jesus’ death and resurrection event was a game changer for history.

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 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.

Please pray for peace in our world, especially in Ukraine and in the hearts of all those who are struggling in their lives.

Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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