Dear Friend,

Our Sunday Service begins at 10:00 am In-Person and on Facebook Live for those who cannot physically attend.

The scripture reading for this Sunday, September 25 is Luke 16:19-31. Please read, reflect, and pray with the passage before Sunday. Here is a synopsis of the reading: Jesus tells the parable of the reversal of fortunes between the rich man and the poor man, Lazarus. Please come to Sunday worship prepared to hear the Word of God proclaimed; we invite you to read the scripture passage before service. The music for this Sunday can be found on the top-right hand corner of our website.

It is important for us to be physically present at church to support one another on our faith journey as Christians. If you have been away from in-person Sunday Services, now is the time to return. We miss you and look forward to seeing you!

Bible Study with Fr. Dale is this Sunday Morning, September 25.
from 8:45 am t0 9:30 am. We will be studying the Book of Proverbs and will meet in Building 4:12. This is the last class in the series.

The Cross Shop is having their Annual Anniversary Sale starting this Sunday, September 25. We have lots of wonderful items on sale! The Cross Shop is also open during regular office hours during the week.

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 or [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.

Our pilgrimage to Assisi is September 28 to October 8. We are very excited about this trip, it is a spiritual journey. Please keep those members of our community in prayer that this experience will allow them to grow in the love, peace and joy of Jesus through St. Francis.

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].

Check out our New 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. P.S. You can print the calendar if you would like.

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!

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.

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.

A Reflection from Richard Rohr:
The Second Journey
Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of our physical life, but I simply don’t believe that’s all there is to it. What looks like falling can largely be experienced as falling upward and onward, into a broader and deeper world, where the soul finds its fullness, is finally connected to the whole, and lives inside the Big Picture.

It is not a loss but somehow a gain, not losing but actually winning. We probably have to have met at least one true elder to imagine this could be true. I’ve met enough radiant people to know that it is possible. They have come to their human fullness, often against all odds, usually by suffering personally or vicariously and empathetically. As Jesus describes such a person, “from their breasts flow fountains of living water” (John 7:38). They are models and goals for our humanity, much more than the celebrities and politicians whose actions we seem to care so much about today.

Remember, no one can keep us from the second half of our own lives except ourselves. Nothing can inhibit our second journey except our own lack of courage, patience, and imagination. Our second journey is all ours to walk or to avoid. My conviction is that some falling apart of the first journey is necessary for this to happen, so don’t waste too many moments lamenting poor parenting, lost jobs, failed relationships, physical challenges, economic poverty, or other tragedies. Pain is part of the deal. If we don’t walk into the second half of our own life, it is surely because we do not want it. Let’s desire, desire deeply, desire ourselves, desire God, desire everything good, true, and beautiful. All of the emptying out is for the sake of a Great Outpouring.

Jesuit theologian and scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881–1955) prayed to allow his life to unfold in full confidence of God’s presence until the very end: When the signs of age begin to mark my body (and still more when they touch my mind); when the ill that is to diminish me or carry me off strikes from without or is born within me; when the painful moment comes in which I suddenly awaken to the fact that I am ill or growing old; and above all at that last moment when I feel I am losing hold of myself and am absolutely passive within the hands of the great unknown forces that have formed me; in all those dark moments, O God, grant that I may understand that it is You (provided only my faith is strong enough) who are painfully parting the fibres of my being in order to penetrate to the very marrow of my substance and bear me away within Yourself.

May you have a peaceful and restful weekend. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday at 10:00 am.

Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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