EVERY SUNDAY OF LENT, beginning February 18
10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
In the St. Andrew’s Center for Spiritual Direction
No experience with CENTERING PRAYER is required. Come and Be! We are a people in relationship. Families, friends, co-workers, neighbors.
As people of faith, our most primal relationship is the one we have with God. For many, God has been judge, creator, savior, friend. Whoever God is for you, what we know to be true is that God WANTS a relationship with each of us. Imagine that?
Lent offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with God and one another through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. For Lent this year, we, here at St. Andrew’s are offering a chance to pray together using the prayer method known as CENTERING PRAYER.
The goal of CENTERING PRAYER is to attend to the natural intimacy with God deep within us. CENTERING PRAYER is one of my favorite forms of prayer. Nothing is required of me except to show up, quieting my mind, which tends to be pretty full most of the time with thinking and planning and worrying, trying to get ahead or stay afloat.
CENTERING PRAYER is a remarkably simple method of prayer that expands one’s receptivity to the presence and activity of God in one’s life. You sit and allow your heart to open toward that invisible but always present Origin of all that exists. Whenever a thought comes into your mind, you simply let the thought go and return to that open, silent attending upon the depths. Not because thinking is bad, but because it pulls you back to the surface of yourself. You use a short word or phrase, known as a ‘sacred word,’ such as ‘abba’ or ‘peace’ or ‘be still’ to help you let go of the thought promptly and cleanly. It’s that simple: Sit, Breathe with your sacred Word, Listen.
In the depths of your being, so much is going on because you care about so much. The real business of CENTERING PRAYER is to allow God to quietly but firmly let you know that you are loved in the busyness of living.
Doing this prayer with others can be profound. Barbara Wood and Sylvia Henel will be facilitating these prayer times.
For more information and/or to let us know you’re coming, please contact:
Barbara Wood: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyce Cottage: email@example.com, or
Sylvia Henel: firstname.lastname@example.org