To join with Suffolk Presbyterian’s Virtual Worship Service click on this link: https://youtu.be/MkcZJxtDMo4
Please find the virtual worship experience at https://youtu.be/IWzlkkHav4Y
To watch the virtual worship click here.
Watch SPC Virtual Worship Experience at youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=eiR_hXQPAv8
Worship with Rev. Julie , Tim and others from our faith community here.
Originally posted in the “Bridge”, May 2020, by Rev, Julie Sterling
During this time of uncertainty, many of you may be looking for a way to deal with stress. One option involves an ancient form of prayer that has been used by Christians as part of their spiritual practices. In the April 21, 2020 Presbyterians Today article “Ancient practice synchronizes breathing with sacred words”, Diane Stephens Hogue describes how breath prayer can help both spiritually and physically as we respond to the Convid 19 threat:
“We take about 25,000 breaths per day. The air we breathe contains 21% oxygen, 0.04% carbon dioxide, 78% nitrogen and small amounts of other chemical elements. The air we exhale is different only in the amounts of oxygen and carbon dioxide, now 16% oxygen and 4% carbon dioxide. In that exchange, we have oxygenated our blood with nutrients our cells need for energy, intelligence, imagination and love.
But we tend to be shallow breathers, using only about 15% of our lung capacity, which exacerbates fear and any anxiety we may be feeling. Deep breathing (also known as diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing and belly breathing) is the antidote, and it is as straightforward as filling the lungs by inhaling deeply through the nostrils, holding for three counts and exhaling slowly through the mouth.”
It is very important for us to keep our lungs healthy during this pandemic. Breath prayer is a great way to do that. Below are the steps for practicing breath prayer as part of your own spiritual discipline.
Please join us in this virtual worship experience by clicking here.
To access the virtual Easter Worship Experience please click here
View virtual worship here