Centering Prayer

Wednesdays at 9:00pm on Zoom

January 6, 13, 20, 27

Each week we will center ourselves in God's embrace as we sit with God in 20-25 minutes of silent prayer.  Sometimes we will reflect on a word, short phrase, or image that has meaning to us.  Sometimes we will just listen and rest with God.

Choose to join by either video or phone.  Gina will share a video of a burning candle or you may light your own.

Contact Gina Dawson, Director of Adult Discipleship, to receive the Zoom credentials.  If you've never used Zoom before, here is a great tutorial on how to use it.  The presenter does a great job of taking you step by step on how to access a Zoom call. And Gina can always perform a test with you before our session begins!

From Contemplative Outreach:  


Centering Prayer is a receptive method of Christian silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself.  This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to deepen that relationship.

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 Him.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.

If you would like to learn more about this practice, or practice on your own, go to the Contemplative Outreach website for the guidelines, a detailed brochure, and history.