Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church


From the Staff @ HIEC

Practicing the Presence of God

The parish retreat is this weekend. Some eighty-five of us are attending. By stepping away from the frenetic pace of Atlanta, we are entering the ancient practice of observing and participating in the presence of God.

Monastics who cloister themselves, unplugged from the surrounding culture, and organize their days around prayer, worship, study, work and recreation try to attune to God all day long. Most of us need strong reminders just to stay aware of the fleeting moments when we witness God's presence and our particular role in God's work.

A retreat helps. And it doesn't need to be merely a solemn occasion. Those of us going to the center in Tennessee this weekend will be practicing this ancient discipline in fun, games, hiking, fishing, dancing, as well as worship, prayer and study. And those of you remaining in the Atlanta metro area can practice the presence of God in a similar fashion. Pausing to say a quiet prayer before entering interstate traffic, walking in Chastain Park, enjoying a moment with your child on a playground, sipping on something refreshing, as well as attending worship at Holy Innocents' on Sunday, or stopping by at a quiet moment and lighting a votive candle in our chapel.

Have a renewing weekend wherever you may be.

Bob Dannals
Interim Rector