Introduction to Centering Prayer: A path to deepen our relationship with God

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023 – 8:30-12:30 pm
Sanctuary Fellowship Hall

Seeking a way to deepen your friendship with God? Centering Prayer is a contemplative method designed to prepare our hearts and minds to receive God’s gracious love in silence. We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. This is only one expression of prayer. In the Christian tradition contemplative prayer is considered to be the gracious gift of God’s presence. Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions. Through grace we open our awareness to God whom we know is within us, closer than our breath.

Centering Prayer is a method to facilitate the growth of contemplative prayer by preparing our facilities to receive God’s gift. Centering prayer is based on ancient Christian wisdom in updated form. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. More information about Centering Prayer can be found at contemplativeoutreach.org

Coffee, water, light breakfast snacks and break snacks to be provided by Spiritual Formation team members.

Presenter: Pastor John Keller, a retired ELCA pastor, will be presenting the workshop. He has been practicing Centering Prayer for eight years, has been trained as a Certified Presenter of Centering Prayer, and is on the leadership team for the Minnesota Chapter of Contemplative Outreach. His goal is to foster the creation of Centering Prayer groups in all ELCA congregations.

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