Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative Prayer

Praying the scriptures

An opportunity each week for contemplation, or the practicing of silence. All are welcome to attend any session.

  • Wednesdays at 1pm: Contemplation (Centering and lectio divina)

This gathering offers an opportunity for Christian contemplative prayer practices, including the silent practice of Centering Prayer as taught by Fr. Thomas Keating, and Lectio Divina, an ancient monastic practice for meditating on scripture passages. There is time for sharing what we experience during our time together.

No prior experience necessary – all are welcome!

Contemplative Prayer for November 15

Remember, the Centering Prayer practice has four guidelines:

  1. Choose a sacred word as a symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
  2. Sit comfortably with eyes closed, settle briefly, and introduce the sacred word.
  3. As thoughts and sensations arise, gently bring yourself back to the sacred word.
  4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina

Opening Prayer:  Though our mouths were full of song as the sea, and our tongues of exultation as the multitude of its waves, and our lips of praise as the wide extended firmament; though our eyes shone with light like the sun and the moon, and our hands were spread forth like the eagles of heaven, and our feet were swift as hinds, we should still be unable to thank thee and bless thy name, O Lord our God, and God of our fathers, for one thousandth or one ten thousandth part of the bounties which thou has bestowed upon our fathers and upon us.

Nishmat Kol Chai (Hebrew Prayer, “The Soul of All Life”)

20 minutes of silence

Closing Prayer: We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water.  We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases. We return thanks to the moon and the stars, which have given to us their light when the sun is gone. We return thanks to the sun that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye. Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in Whom is embodied all goodness, and Who directs all things for the good of Her children. – An Iroquois Prayer

Lectio Divina:  Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;[a]
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

100 Shout praises to the Lord,
everyone on this earth.
Be joyful and sing
as you come in
to worship the Lord!

You know the Lord is God!
He created us,
and we belong to him;
we are his people,
the sheep in his pasture.

Be thankful and praise the Lord
as you enter his temple.
The Lord is good!
His love and faithfulness
will last forever.

Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

100 1-2 On your feet now—applaud God!
Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.

Know this: God is God, and God, God.
He made us; we didn’t make him.
We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.

Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.

For God is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.

The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson