Lifeline – every Sunday at 6 pm
What is Lifeline?
Lifeline is a weekly gathering of people who seek to improve their conscious contact with God, whatever way they think of God.
Our aim is recovery from addiction and the effects of addiction. We seek restoration and hope.
It’s about Recovery
Lifeline participants bring many different life journeys to our growing community. Some have gotten deeply lost in addictions to alcohol, drugs and food. Others tell stories of being lost, although addiction language might be new to them. Every story, however, ends up being about Recovery and our yearning to improve our “conscious contact with God.” We all sense that God alone can restore our lives to sanity.
The Gift of Music
Music is important to our weekly gatherings. Would you believe that we have learned 21 new songs in the first months of Lifeline? That’s an astonishing total.
Perhaps you have had my experience. Some weeks I arrive at Lifeline tired and distracted. Sunday can be a challenging day. But then the first song begins, and within seconds I am filled with energy, totally focused on what we are doing, and feeling at peace. That’s the wonderful gift of music.
Not everyone joins in the singing, and that’s fine. Listening can be just as meaningful as singing. Not everyone sings well. Angela has a stunning voice, so do Paul and Ana. Many of us just do the best we can. But that is all that God asks of us.
One additional miracle: Paul, our music leader, selects the week’s music around Thursday, not knowing what the speakers will say. It’s amazing how frequently his selections echo and reinforce the spoken word. God is at work.
-Tom Ehrich, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lifeline gathers Sundays at 6:00pm to serve people in recovery from various forms of addiction. In the spirit of the 11th Step – sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God – we offer guidance in prayer and meditation, a talk about addiction and recovery, and plenty of singing.
People come from many faith traditions, and no particular tradition. All are welcome.
Visit the Lifeline website: www.lifelinenyc.org.