Be Still & Know
Be Still & Know
meeting the first Sunday of each month
Be Still & Know is a series of meetings for those with an interest in Contemplation, the Contemplative Life, Spiritual Growth, Mindful Awareness, Centering Prayer. The title comes from Psalm 46 and emphasizes the importance of setting one's intention to being open to the Divine Spirit and listening in silence. Participants often bring a bag lunch and remain after the late service at Cross and Crown Lutheran Church. Non-church members are welcome to join as well. The meeting is from 12:15 for eating and meditation from 12:40 until 1:45 pm on the first Sunday of each month.
The group is fairly new and the format is developing. The current format includes:
- Presentation, such as: sharing of readings or DVD presentations by people such as Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, Parker Palmer and Ken Wilber.
- Centering Prayer - a time of silently opening to the Spirit of God
- Journaling, Sharing, and setting an intention for personal prayer and work for the next month
One suggestion is that each participant, based on the input and reflection of the day, select a goal as a focus for the time until the next meeting and then those who so choose sharing with the group how the work has gone..
The end goal is developing practices that support our becoming increasingly open to the ongoing presence of the Spirit of God, the Indwelling Christ, the Transcending Mystery and Wonder of all creation.
A helpful YouTube presentation by Rev. Richard Rohr. provides some background for the need for and helpfulness of Centering Prayer. Here is a link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPb3Z51gLcY&t=3763s The entire presentation is 1.5 hours - (it need not be completed in one sitting!).. It is a good introduction and summary for a background and the importance of the Contemplative Life.
If you want more information (or just curious) let Robert Hughes know - email@example.com or 980-339-7551
Here is a link to the website of the Contemplative Outreach of Piedmont NC which shares more regarding Contemplative practices - https://copnc.org/weekly-groups/
Here is a link to the COPNC website which lists future events and dates for Centering Prayer. https://copnc.org/events/ In addition here is another event - On November 2, 2019 Father Carl Arico will present a retreat o "The Healing Power of Silence: God's First Language" at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.
CENTERING PRAYER- THE PRAYER OF CONSENT
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Do you know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? I Corinthians 3:16
I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me- Galatians 2:20
Christ in you, the hope of glory Colossians 1:27
Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer (see below) by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. The contemplative teachings of early Christianity were based on the wisdom teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.
Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. Today Centering Prayer is practiced by people all around the world, across all denominations.
What is contemplative Prayer?
Contemplative prayer is remaining silently and openly in God’s presence. The practice “rewires” our brains to think with compassion, kindness, and a lack of attachment to the ego’s preferences.
In contemplative prayer we move beyond language to experience God as Mystery. We let go of our need to judge, defend, or evaluate, plugging into the mind of Christ which welcomes our true identity in God. During contemplation we come to know that there is no separation between sacred and secular. All is one with Divine Reality.
The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. It tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.
It could be said that in Centering Prayer your intention is “to be totally open to God”. Once you get the hang of it, attention of the heart allows you to be fully present to God, but at the same time fully present to the situation.
You are invited to visit the Centering Prayer Group, Be Still and Know, at Cross and Crown the 1st Sunday of each month at 12:15. . All are Welcome!
We are learning together.