Beginning November 12 at 12:15 pm in the Tower Entrance Prayer Space, all interested are invited to gather weekly for Centering Prayer. Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer which assists us in deepening our relationship with and groundedness in God. This form of prayer is based on early Christian tradition of silence, solitude, simplicity and openness. Praying in this fashion involves sitting in silence with the intention of willingly opening to the presence and action of God within. It is a form of prayer in which we have the opportunity to discover, as St. Augustine suggests…that “God is closer to your soul than you are yourself.”
In Matthew (22:37) we are implored to love God with our whole heart, soul and mind. Through silence, Centering Prayer invites us to open to Godʼs gracious presence with all that we are, with such a wholeness. In addition to its Biblical basis, its roots may be traced to the 14th century text The Cloud of Unknowing and the writings of John of the Cross, Thomas Merton and others. This method of prayer is both a way of entering into relationship with God and also a discipline to foster that relationship.
Contemplative Outreach of Central Pennsylvania reminds us that “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.”
Each meeting will begin with a very brief inspirational reading, followed by 20-minutes of silent prayer and a closing. On the last Wednesday of the month, participants are welcome to stay for a second period of prayer if their schedule allows.
Anyone within or outside of our church community is welcome. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Mary Boutselis ((814)883-4225 or email@example.com).
Centering Prayer is offered through the Spiritual Formation Ministry Unit.