Centering Prayer Sessions

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The following timer will allow you to experience centering prayer sessions of different lengths without the background tick of a clock or the need to set an alarm. You may choose a 5 or 20  minute session. Each session begins with a series of 4 bells to help you settle in. After these four bells, the remaining time is silent except for the final 4 bells which mark the end of your session .

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5 Minute Centering Prayer Session


20 Minute Centering Prayer Session

 

What is Centering Prayer?

Many of us live in a busy, noisy, multi-tasking world filled with too many things and too little time. Often our world keeps us from a close, intimate relationship with God; our “busyness” keeps us apart from the divine.  Centering Prayer is a solution … it is a gentle method of consenting to God’s presence and healing actions within us … of opening our hearts and minds to God.

Based on scripture, the Christian tradition of meditation, and the rich teaching of Fr. Thomas Keating.  Centering Prayer is a silent, contemplative form of prayer that opens us up to God.  Many consider this method of prayer to be a vital part of their spiritual journey.

Centering Prayer teaches techniques to enter into this healing silence and intimacy with God.  It encourages us to “sit, just sit” in interior quiet for 20 minutes twice a day and to become a member of a faith community of experienced contemplatives to support our development of this spiritual practice.

Emmanuel Episcopal Parish offers a warm and caring place to learn and develop the practice of Centering Prayer.  Each Saturday morning from 9:30 to 11:00, the Centering Prayer group meets in our Meditation Hall to “sit” and then reflect on the experiences of Centering Prayer.  The sessions may also include a short introductory workshop or an informative video from Fr. Keating or others in the Contemplative movement.  Everyone is welcome at these sessions regardless of faith tradition or experience.  Newcomers are especially invited to visit and learn more about Centering Prayer … and how it might change your world.

Please call the Church Office or Tom Murdock (-6166) if you have any questions.