The Cup

Growing towards God Series
January 8th  – May 14th, 2013
Second Tuesday of the month
from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Brown Bag Supper at 6:00 pm (optional)

The Cup

with Nancy Phillips, facilitator

The cup, as a symbol for our spiritual journey, offers us direction as we search for God’s presence and action in our lives.

The book, The Cup of Our Life by Joyce Rupp provides a framework for contemplative focus alongside the practice and refinement of spiritual disciplines such as contemplative prayer, lectio divina, and journaling; all to aid us on the important journey inward.

the spiritual journey is like a cup–a constant process of emptying and filling, giving and receiving, of accepting and letting go. In the cup I see life, with it’s emptiness, fullness, brokenness, flaws and blessings.” –Joyce Rupp

January 8:

The Cup of life

Growing towards God:

  • As  a container of God’s Presence
  • As vessels of loving energy
  • Learning about the boundaries of the cup
  • Learning about the cup as my teacher
  • Learning about our thirst for filling

The Open Cup

Growing towards God:

  • As the cluttered cup
  • As the empty cup
  • In our readiness to receive
  • In our learning to trust
  • In listening in solitude

February 12: The Chipped Cup

Growing towards God:

  • As the perfect cup
  • In the shadow of the cup
  • As the cleansed cup
  • Receiving the cup of mercy
  • Learning about the cup of wisdom

March 12: The Broken Cup

Growing towards God:

  • In our Joy and Sorrow
  • In the cup of suffering
  • In my cup of tears
  • As we learn about the unmendable cup
  • Recognizing our resistances
  • As the mended cup

April 9: The Cup of Compassion

Growing towards God:

  • As we learn compassion
  • As we offer our cup to others
  • As we give the cup freely
  • As we offer the cup of sacrifice
  • As we pour ourselves from our cup
  • As we learn the gift of Be-ing

May 14: The Cup of Blessing

Growing towards God:

  • In the cup of blessing
  • In the cup of memory
  • As our cups brim over
  • In the cup of thanksgiving
  • Learning about the greatest blessing

About Nancy…

Nancy has been an Anglican for most of her life.  She visits parishes all over the diocese, accompanying her spouse, Donald, Bishop of Rupert’s Land.  Nancy is nearing completion of  a formation program for Spiritual Direction.  A love of prayer and song accompany her daily quest to find more of the holiness of God in the midst of the ordinary stuff of life. In her “spare time”, Nancy works (full time) as an Occupational Health Nurse with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.  For over 20 years she has been involved in presenting at conferences and workshops on worship, prayer life, personal wholeness and marriage relationships.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in adult education (Voc. Tech. Ed.) from the University of Regina.  She and her husband have two adult sons.

articles by Nancy