When you pray, how much do you talk, and how much do you stay still and quiet and listen? I find that I talk more than listen, and when I do try to be quiet in prayer, my mind is often filled with distracting thoughts. I find that in the hustle and bustle of my life, it is challenging to “be still and know that God is God.”
Thankfully, there is a long-standing tradition within Christianity that practices a meditative, receptive kind of prayer called “centering prayer.” Centering prayer is a method of silent prayer, also called contemplative prayer, that prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence. Centering prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.
After worship on February 15, our deacons will host Herbert Ely and Susy Weiss from Contemplative Outreach of Greater Charlottesville for an introduction to centering prayer. The deacons will provide a light lunch followed by their presentation which will begin around 12:30 p.m.
If you are interested in attending the lunch and presentation, please contact the church office by February 12th.