We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. But this is only one expression. Contemplative Prayer is the opening of mind and heart — our whole being — to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. We open our awareness to the God whom we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than choosing — closer than consciousness itself.
Centering prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer by preparing us to cooperate with this gift. It is the practice of quieting the mind so that it may rest in the peaceful presence of God. It presents the teaching of an earlier time (e.g. The Cloud of Unknowing) in an updated form. It is not meant to replace other types of prayer; it simply puts them into a new and fuller perspective.
Centering Prayer Groups
Tuesdays, 4:15 - 5:00 pm
David Vinson, Facilitator
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 8:45 pm
Jerry Deans & Rev. Vallerie King, Facilitators
Each group is open to newcomers regardless of experience. For more information, contact David Vinson (804-783-7903).
Sacred places have a way of making us pay attention to important things. They remind us that heaven and earth are not so far apart. And they invite us to be more prayerful.