Contemplative Prayer

"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

 

“Do not be afraid … the Holy One to be born will be called

the Son of God”

(Luke 1.30,35 NIV) 

The secular world is asking “What about Christmas this year?”  Our Word for this month assures us, it’s just the same wonderful, timeless truth as ever!  We are again welcoming the Christ who is forever being born throughout human history, inexplicably born in our hearts moment by moment, breath by breath.  The Son of God is designated as the Word in John’s Gospel (ch1.14),

“and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”

… And still does, even in all the challenges of 2020!   The Christmas story teaches us about how God can truly become flesh in our own lives today.  The birth of Jesus the Son of God is a continuous birthing, the birth of the Word in the soul of humanity, and in us as individuals - the everlasting nature and flow of God’s presence available for us now to receive as God’s generous Christmas present.

In order to receive this inestimable gift, God invites us to leave behind all fear, and find our way, through all the dark places of our own lives and of today’s world, to the lowly stable.  In our times of quiet receptive prayer, we may picture ourselves entering the stable in humility and simplicity, to wonder and to worship.  Like Mary we become silent and receptive: “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Lk.1.35).  Like Mary we are invited to make space within ourselves to receive God’s infinite love, “Emmanuel, God with us” (Matt.1.23), to allow the Word to become flesh within us.  It’s a slow ongoing process, like a pregnancy.  Bishop Walter Carey’s humble prayer was, “I offer to you the one thing I really possess, my capacity to be filled by you.”   Then we find the Word is becoming flesh not only within us, but is also dwelling among us, and we begin more quickly to recognize, as the Quaker George Fox put it, “that of God in everyone”.  Our lifelong task is quite simply to become love.

Christmas is a time of sharing.  Like Mary who gave her Son to the world, we share what we have received, we become bearers of Christ into the world.  We do this in our contemplative intercession, using our Word for the month to relay God’s reassuring invitation to others, seeing them overshadowed by God’s life-giving Spirit.  We do it practically too in all the opportunities of our daily living, resourced and enabled by the Holy One dwelling within us.

“Do not be afraid … the Holy One to be born will be called

the Son of God”