Centering Prayer: Radical Silence
Wednesdays | Noon | On hiatus due to COVID
“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46) This simple wisdom is an invitation from God to set aside all activity, rest in silence, and enter the deep stillness, God within us. “Silence, is God’s first language.” Centering Prayer is an updated form of an ancient meditative practice rooted in the Christian tradition of Contemplation. We slow down, step out of the chaotic pace of life, and recharge mind, body, and spirit.
In our complicated world, Centering Prayer works for its radical silence and simplicity. It is straightforward and clear: God is in the silence. This is enough. Thich Nhat Hanh says: “If we cannot make peace within, how can we hope to bring peace in the world.”
Contemplation is the only practice all of the world religions share as a form of connecting to God. By quieting our active minds and bodies, we consent to God’s presence and action in our lives. The requirements are simple: Intention to listen deeply and practice of the method.
Third Saturdays | 9 am
Begin your weekend by intentionally taking time for yourself, time for quiet worship, for sung prayers and Scripture, and deep silence in a special setting. All are invited to gather around the fireplace in the Bushnell Room, a calm, intimate setting. It is a time for quiet music, Scripture, prayer, and silence. It is a time to be together, resting quietly in God’s presence and love.
Many who are deeply committed to a life of service have found that their journey out into the busy-ness of the world is enriched and strengthened when they take time for the journey in, for prayer or quiet music or silence. Many also have found that contemplative worship must be experienced to be known.