Tuesday Evenings 7:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Jeannette Easley
The older I get, the simpler my prayer gets. That’s one reason I enjoy ‘Centering Prayer’ more and more. Centering Prayer is easy and effective, and is especially useful in these times of stress and turmoil. There are few things as calming and comforting as relaxing in God’s presence and letting God ‘pray’ us.
While Centering Prayer is done privately most of the time, a weekly sharing of the experience in a small group has proven to be very supportive for those who are drawn to this format. During this Covid 19 pandemic we know it is difficult to connect with others, participate in your own prayer groups, or pray with others. We invite you to join us in prayer “virtually” every Tuesday evening for our group centering prayer.
“Be still and know that I am God.” — [Ps. 46:10]
We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. But this is only one expression. In the Christian tradition Contemplative Prayer is considered to be the pure gift of God. It is the opening of mind and heart — our whole being — to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Through grace we open our awareness to God whom we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than choosing — closer than consciousness itself.
Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of Contemplative Prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. It is an attempt to present the teaching of earlier times in an updated form. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather, it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.
Excerpts from “The Method of Centering Prayer: The Prayer of Consent” by Thomas Keating © Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.