Centering Prayer

Contemplative Practices

Contemplative practices like Centering Prayer balance our active and communal prayer or worship, allowing space to connect individually and intuitively to God. Whether the method is ancient or new, experiencing the Indwelling Presence deepens our relationship with the Spirit that nurtures, heals, and empowers. 

We invite you to join us in group practice and to access our individual practice resources at your convenience.

“Be still and know that I am God.”
Psalm 46:10

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Our Welcoming Prayer group practice meets on Thursdays at 12:30 pm via Zoom followed by Centering Prayer at 1:00 pm. Please try to enter the room five minutes early to say hello and settle in.

Our usual customary for Centering Prayer:

A one-moment opening prayer, a few moments of intercessory prayer, Monastic Lectio Divina* using 10-15 lines of scripture, twenty minutes of silence. After our silence, one person speaks the Lord’s Prayer for all. You may leave in silence or remain for a few minutes to quietly chat.

*Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer are two distinct prayer forms. Lectio Divina is a reading, reflecting, responding and resting in the word of God that helps one grow in relationship with God.

Available Now

Instruction and Guided Centering Prayer Video

Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault
(silence from minutes 19-32)