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Centering Prayer


Side Chapel (in the church)

12:30 p.m.

"For God alone my soul in silence waits" (psalm 62).

Our time each week begins with a brief reading, such as a psalm or a poem, after which we sit together in prayerful silence for 20 minutes.

"Centering Prayer" is a way of cultivating a deeper relationship with Christ.  No experience is necessary!  The only requirements are a desire and a willingness to practice opening one's mind and heart to God.

If you would like to know more about this type of prayer, please contact Rev. Stacy.  Click here for Centering Prayer guidelines.

Silence is God's first language...
"There is a huge silence inside each of us that beckons us ...
and the recovery of our own silence can begin to teach us the language of heaven."

- Meister Eckhart -

"Silence is God's first language,"wrote the 16th-century mystic John of the Cross.
And silence is the normal context in which contemplative prayer takes place.
But there is silence and then there is silence.
There is an outer silence, an outer stopping of the words and busy-ness,
but there is also a much more challenging interior silence,where the inner talking stops as well.
- Cynthia Bourgeault -
Excerpted from "Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening"

This gift of contemplative prayer is... much more a way of not thinking.
It finally moves beyond words into silence.
It moves into the mystery that is too deep for words.
Prayer must lead us beyond mind, words, and ideas
to a more spacious place where God has a chance to get in.
While the prayer of words is an attempt to express to ourselves
our dependence on the great mystery,
the prayer of silence is not so much to express, but to experience, that dependence.
- Richard Rohr -
Excerpted from "Everything Belongs"