Many today are longing for a pattern and a cycle of worship that fashions a rooted Christian soul and community, offering an alternative to the often-fruitless distractions and egocentric fulfillments of contemporary life. The Pilgrim Year Day Conference explores the fertile tradition and spirituality of the Christian calendar year alongside ancient psalms and prayers of the church, and a pattern for corporate worship based on Isaiah 6:1-9. Practiced together, these devotional traditions “irrigate our souls, soften the ground of our hearts, and nourish the soil of our lives until the seed of the word of God itself begins to grow in us, comes to fruit in us, ripens us in the spiritual journey of a lifetime” (Joan Chittister).
“Steve Bell’s music and stage presence embody both the grace and truth of Jesus Christ and translate the depths of the biblical narrative into ways that resonate with our own experience more than anyone else I know. These are profoundly wondrous gifts.”
~ Dr. Syd Hielema, Team Leader for Discipleship for the CRC denomination in Canada & U.S.
1. SINGING THE SEASONS
An evening of story and song that journeys chronologically through the Christian calendar year. This concert is open to the public, but conference participants should note that this session is an integral part of the overall weekend.
2. THE STORY THAT FORMS US
This session examines the Christian calendar year as a storied framework, and discusses how the idea of pilgrimage gives shape to our lives, forming us both as individuals and within Christian community.
3. FEASTS AND FASTS
A closer look at the symbolic days within the church calendar year, with a view to understanding their significance in the grander story, as nourishing rest stops or holy places along the pilgrim’s way.
4. SAINTS AND ANCIENT PRAYERS
Using selected songs from Steve’s body of work, this session delves into the lives of particular saints, considering more deeply the prayers and traditions they’ve left behind to nourish any who follow.
5. WORSHIP AS JOURNEY
Using Isaiah 6:1-9, Steve lays out a rich, ancient pattern of worship that is both structured and open to innovation, but which helps the worshiper journey from alienation to intimacy.
Steve Bell is an award winning singer-songwriter and author whose lifelong pursuit of the rich traditions of the church has awarded him a voice in the contemporary recovery of relevant formational practices for personal and corporate Christian spirituality. Besides having produced 18 solo CDs and performed thousands of concerts across the globe, Steve has also written articles for Canada’s two national Christian papers (Christian Week, Faith Today), and has guest lectured at Regent College, Duke University, BIOLA University and Providence University College. He has authored (with Malcolm Guite) the Pilgrim Year e-book collections.
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