"Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46v10 (NIV)
In our Contemplative Prayer Group, we take time out to wait on God in silent prayer, so we can listen to Him and come to know Him, rather than just know about Him.
These silent times of reflection give us an inner strength and conviction to draw on in our day-to-day lives, and are suitable for everyone, no matter where they are on their Christian journey.
This group is for anyone who wants to find a spirituality that makes sense of their life.
In the silence, as we allow God's life-giving word to saturate our hearts, minds and will, we become aware that God is already with us and are more able to allow Him to work in, and through, us.
As we focus our prayer on one passage of scripture from the Bible, we are able to let the transforming truth take over that God is in charge, and find Him in the very ground of our being.
We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 7.30 pm and spend one hour in prayer, followed by a time for tea, coffee and fellowship.
You are more than welcome to join us and, if you would like more details, why not email or call us.
We are affiliated to The Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer.
Contemplative Word for the month
Lockdown is certainly restrictive, yet it also offers us special home opportunities. Jesus, in his Sermon on the Mount teaching on prayer says, “When you pray, go to your private room, shut yourself in, and so pray to your Father who is in that secret place” (Matt.6.6 NJB). The great prayer pioneers of the 3rd century, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, took good heed of this teaching. One, Abba Moses, said,
“Sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything.”
Through the Prophet Isaiah, God says, “I will give you riches stored in secret places” (Is.45.3), and Jesus also speaks about the Kingdom of Heaven being like treasure hidden in a field (Matt.13.44-46). So, what may be our present home lockdown opportunity? What may be the treasure, the hidden riches stored secretly in our own private room, when the outer door is shut? What may God be longing for us to discover? Nothing less, perhaps, than that he makes his own home deep within us, and wants us to stop to find him there.
Great teachers of prayer have spoken of “descending with the mind into the heart”, their profound insight being that entering into the heart is entering into the kingdom of God, that the way to God is through the heart - understood as the very core of our being, not just the centre of our passing emotions. Isaac the Syrian (7th century) wrote, “Enter the treasure chamber that is within you, and then you will discover the treasure chamber of heaven.”
Henri Nouwen (Dutch priest d.1996) wrote, “When we learn to descend with our mind into our heart, then all those who have become part of our lives are led into the healing presence of God and touched by him in the centre of our being. We are speaking here about a mystery for which words are inadequate. It is the mystery that the heart, which is the centre of our being, is transformed into God’s own heart, a heart large enough to embrace the whole universe. Through prayer we can carry in our heart all human pain and sorrow… not because of some great psychological or emotional capacity, but because God’s heart has become one with ours… As long as we worry a lot about people and their problems, we are still very much dependent on our own narrow and anxious heart. But when our worries are led to the heart of God and there become prayer… it will be possible to move into the midst of a tumultuous world with a heart at rest.”
Our Word for this month is a fresh translation of the familiar words of Jesus, “Abide in me as I in you”: it’s inviting us to “stay at home” deep in God’s love.
“Make your home in me as I make mine in you”