August 7, 2014 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Weekly until March 26, 2018
Excluding: November 27, 2014, December 18, 2014, December 25, 2014, January 1, 2015, November 26, 2015, December 24, 2015, March 24, 2016, November 24, 2016, November 23, 2017, December 21, 2017
One of the challenges for each of us is to find the spiritual practices that work for us. There needs to be a “fit” with who we are. Those practices also need to not only be comfortable but need to challenge us to grow, as well. Our search in life should be continuous as we build a full compliment of these practices, knowing that on any given day or even in any given chapter of our lives, a practice may or may not work for us.
In that spirit, we have decided to offer an opportunity to try something different called Centering Prayer. On selectedThursday evenings in February and March (listed at the bottom of this email) we will be opening the sanctuary from 6:30 to 7:15. (Folks who join us are free to come and go as they wish.) Centering Prayer is rooted in the work of John Cassian who lived from 360 A.D. to 430 A.D. Early in his life, he spent nearly twenty years in the desert. What he discovered in the desert was an experience of prayer that went beyond thinking to a kind of utter stillness in simply being with God. That understanding shaped his faith for the rest of his life. It also shaped the next ten centuries of monastic life.
In the words of the Psalmist, the job of faithful people has always been to, “Be still and know that I am God.” That remains our task today. If you choose to join us, you will find the sanctuary bathed in candlelight. You will find gentle music playing. You will find some very simple suggestions on how to enter that prayerful time and space. Most of all, though, we hope that you will find some uncluttered, uninterrupted moments to recover that sense of stillness in your life.
How we choose to spend our time defines who we are. As faithful people, we need to spend time practicing our faith. Join us for candlelight, music, and the chance to find a place to quiet your heart.