Centering Prayer Thursday Evening
An evening contemplative group meets in the church parlor on Thursday nights. Anyone interested in maintaining or starting a practice of daily silence will find encouragement and support here.
The group begins at 7:00 with a check in and then a 20 minute meditation. We then watch a video or listens to a CD about some aspect of the contemplative journey. We follow that up with an informal discussion which ends by 8:30. We try to stay as close to the ending time as possible.
We all begin the spiritual journey where we are. This sounds obvious, but the truth is we must discover who we are, what makes us tick. We are all at different points along the journey, each with their own unique experience. In silence there is nowhere to hide, no distractions to take us away from the inner work we must all do, this seeking becomes our life’s work. This movement of understanding and possibility is born from relationship, a work of the Spirit, what Rudolf Otto called “ The Mysterium Tremendum”
In contemplative community we try to give words (that always fall short) to this experience. Not unlike the Quaker Circle of Trust, members share stories, insights, or their troubles in an open forum where there is no judging. What is the collage of life when the indwelling Christ is not an abstract theory, but a way of seeing the world.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” Matthew 7: 7-8
Inquiries: Dave Clark 503-866-8104 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org