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Centering Prayer at St. Paul's
Tuesdays at 6:00-6:45 p.m. in the Nave

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What is Centering Prayer?

What Centering Prayer is:
Acknowledgement of an intimate relationship with God
Resting in God
Letting go of our agenda, our thoughts, our false-self
Being present in the now
Coming home

What Centering Prayer is NOT:
Centering prayer is not a dialogue with God.
Centering prayer is not meditation in the sense that is practiced in eastern Wisdom Religions.
Centering prayer is not a relaxation technique.
Centering prayer is not the "new" fad among the faithful.
Centering prayer is not petitioning God, asking God for favors.
Centering prayer is not offering prayers on the behalf of others.
Centering prayer DOES NOT take the place of your other prayer practices.

As a method…
Step 1: Chose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to be in the presence of God.
Step 2: Sitting comfortably with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word.
Step 3: When you become aware of thoughts, ever so gently {"as gently as a breath of air touching a floating feather"}, return to the sacred word.
Step 4: At the end of the prayer period remain in silence for a brief time. If you wish conclude with The Lord's Prayer or a prayer sentence.

4 R's
Resist no thought
Retain no thoughtReact emotionally to no thoughtReturn ever so gently to the sacred word
Twice daily for 20 minutes or a single period of 30 minutes…
The important part of the discipline is not following someone else's guidelines but to find the rhythm which is meaningful to you and your Lord. If you miss a period or a day or more, give yourself permission to start over. When you return, you will find that God is still there … much as the Prodigal Father welcomed his son.

Summer Program

40 Days with Julian of Norwich
It is an "invitation to explore your own spirituality under the guidance of a profound spiritual thinker and mystic of the fourteenth century, Julian of Norwich. This book will give you much to think about, much to pray about, and much to do on the road to a deeper spiritual life". The book includes suggestions for working with the material by yourself or with a small group.
Cost: $45
Last session: Thursday, Sept. 12 7 - 9 p. m.
Facilitators: Julie Saad and Joanne Warner

Half Day of Prayer

HALF DAYS OF PRAYER resume Saturdays,in the fall.
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Prayer: 9 a.m. – noon
Come "rest awhile with the Lord" and enjoy a morning of silence with periods of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina in the Center's Chapel. Coffee and rolls are served. Walkins are welcome. Donation.

Centering Prayer Immersion Experience, Saturdays in the Fall

Saturdays, in the fall
Registration: 8:30 a.m. Time: 9 a.m. to noon.
Includes six, thirty-minute periods of centering prayer, separated by meditative walks. This experience is recommended for persons experienced in Centering Prayer. Refreshments available before and after the prayer session. You are welcome to participate with as much time as you have available if you cannot stay for the entire session.
Walk-ins are welcome. Donation.

Introductory Workshop to Centering Prayer

INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP TO CENTERING PRAYER
WHEN: Resumes in September
PLACE: Center for Contemplative Living
TIME: Registration: 8:30 a.m.;
Workshop: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
RSVP: By previous Thursday, 303-698- 7729
COST: $25
PRESENTERS: Julie Saad, John Congdon, Bob Albrecht and Christine Bender
"Be still and know that I am God." (Ps 46:10)
This simple wisdom saying is an invitation given to us by God. It is a call to set aside all activity, rest in silence, and come into an intimate relationship with the Beloved. Theresa of Avila says the problem most people have with prayer is praying as if God were absent. Centering Prayer is an invitation to turn our minds and hearts inward and open to the realization that we are not separate from God. This workshop provides instruction on the method of Centering
Prayer, and opportunities to practice the prayer.
For more information, contact Elaine Miller

Share corporate times of centering prayer with like-minded folk…
Resources: An Invitation to Centering Prayer, Fr. M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O., p. 79ff
Books, Audio Tapes and Classes – Center for Comtemplative Living

Contact Elaine Miller for more information

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