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Under the Stars & Surrounded by Trees: Creating Space for the Soul

Nick Brock

Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

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Under the Stars & Surrounded by Trees: Creating Space for the Soul

 The soul is like a wild animal - tough, resilient, resourceful, savy, self-sufficient. It knows how to survive in hard places. But it is also shy. Just like a wild animal, it seeks safety in the dense underbrush. If we want to see a wild animal, we know the last thing we should do is go crashing through the woods yelling for it to come out. But if we walk quietly into the woods, sit patiently by the base of a tree, and fade into our surroundings, the wild animal we seek might make an appearance. - Parker Palmer, A HIDDEN WHOLENESS

Under the Stars is a sunset prayer gathering that desires to create space for the soul to appear. Through the use of simple, accesible, and heart-felt prayers, we will quietly walk into the woods of our lives as a way of making ourselves available to the reality of God's presence. If your soul has been hiding and you long for it to make an appearance, I invite you to walk into the woods, sit patiently at the base of a tree, and fade into the restful surroundings of prayer. (note: this will be the last gathering for the summer)


See you there,



Do I have to register?

Yes, please. Registering helps me plan for food/drinks, seating arrangements, parking, etc.

What should I expect? 

The gathering is arranged into 3 parts. The first part will begin at 8:00 PM. During this time light appetizers and refreshments will be provided while a brief and informal explanation about the gathering will be given. This movement is OPTIONAL for attendance.

The second part, the actual prayer gathering, will commence after sunset (approximately 9:00 PM). This will last about 30-45 minutes. If you choose not to attend the first portion I highly encourage you to arrive 5-10 minutes early to this so that you can comfortably settle in and relax for a few moments beforehand. When the prayer gathering has concluded an additional amount of time (up to 60 minutes) will be provided to those who wish to remain for continued personal prayer in a meditative environment.

Lastly, the third part is OPTIONAL, and will be centered around a fire-pit as a place to share your experience with others, journal your thoughts, or to simply hang-out. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided during this time.

Overall, the gathering will dismiss no later than 11:30 PM.

Will there be a sermon?

No. There will, though, be recorded songs played in the spirit of Taize', snippets of Scripture woven into a liturgy and silence.

Should I bring my child/children with me?

Since the prayer gathering has an emphasis towards quiet reflection, prayer and meditation, it may be difficult for you and/or others to focus with young children present. However, if your child/children will not be a distraction for you and/or others they are welcome.

What do I bring?

Please bring a collapsable lawn-chair that allows for a comfortable up-right seated position. Your chair will be used throughout the entire evening. Also, wear layered clothing as it may become cool as the evening progresses. Most importantly, though, bring mosquito/bug spray for personal use.

Where do I park?

Since parking is very limited please car-pool. There is not a dedicated parking lot, only a long and narrow driveway.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You may contact me at: 

Have questions about Under the Stars & Surrounded by Trees: Creating Space for the Soul? Contact Nick Brock

When & Where

Jim and Maria's Tree Grove
6551 Burlingame Avenue SW
Byron Center, MI 49315

Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

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