Centering Prayer is a form of contemplative prayer, an invitation to let go of words, feelings and emotions, and to consent to God’s presence and action within. The purpose of this prayer is to deepen one’s relationship with God. It is a movement beyond words and conversation with Christ to silence and communion with Him. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
There are two ongoing group gatherings for Centering Prayer that occur weekly:
Monday evening 6:00-7:00 pm in the Chatham Room
Thursdays at Noon to 1:00 pm in the Library
The gatherings include a period of Centering Prayer, so ongoing education related to this method of praying, and reflection (Holy Reading – Lectio Divina) on the Scripture for the following Sunday. Gathering with others in this way serves as a support to each person and unites the prayers with persons all over the world seeking a deeper relationship with God through contemplative prayer.
All are welcome and each week is independent of previous weekly sessions.
Lectio Divina (Holy Reading)
Lectio Divina is a traditional way to pray with Scripture. It invites the pray-er to listen to the words of Scripture with the “ear of the heart.” We bring an attitude of openness, desire, and reverence as the Word of God is proclaimed; it is a four-step process: reading the Word, reflecting on the Word, responding in prayer to the Word, and finally resting (Contemplatio) with God in Silence.
Lectio Divina is part of the Monday and Thursday Centering Prayer Gatherings.
To reach the web site for Contemplative Outreach , click here.