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

“Build a temple…to…my glory”

Haggai 1.8

What is a temple?  Primarily, a temple is regarded as the dwelling place and ‘house’ of God.  It’s a special place where we can be open to a fuller awareness of God’s glory.  There are many temple references in the Bible to inspire us, some about actual physical buildings, some in terms of an individual, or a corporate, or even a universal understanding of God’s house.  So we may helpfully think of God’s temple in various different contexts.                     

Bricks and mortar   God’s Word for this month comes through the prophet Haggai, who was called to encourage God’s people returning from exile to rebuild the ruined temple in Jerusalem.  The glory of the Lord had filled Solomon’s temple (2 Chr.7.2, Is.6.1-4), and it now needed to be rebuilt.  God said, “Build a temple acceptable to me where I can show my glorytake courage for I am with youI will fill this house with glory” (Hagg.1.8, 2.4-9).  At St Philip’s in Dorridge, we are now about to see our old and loved building, where many have met with God, be brought down to the ground.  That is to make way for a new ‘temple’ or ‘house of God’, to be filled with God’s glory, and to be a sign of God’s presence among us in our church and in our local community. We’ll need to keep Haggai’s vision clearly before us through the coming months!

Christ’s people   Paul teaches us, “Christ Jesus himself is the foundation stone.  In him the whole building is bonded together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord.  In him you too are being built with all the rest into a spiritual dwelling for God” (Eph.2.20-22). We need each other as living stones to make God’s holy temple complete.  Peter writes, “Come, and let yourselves be built, as living stones, into a spiritual temple; become a holy priesthood” (1Peter 2.5).  So it’s vital we stick together.

Each of us   Paul gives a wonderful description of each one of us, called to build on the foundation of Jesus Christ and become a temple for God. He concludes, “You are God’s temple, where the spirit of God dwells… the temple of God is holy, and that temple you are” (1Cor.3.10-17). In our contemplative prayer, we focus on that temple, an inner space in which we discover God’s presence and God’s glory, and God’s spirit at work.

God’s whole world    We often worship with the words, “Heaven and earth are full of your glory.”  This reminds us that God’s temple is also universal, everywhere, for us to reverence and respect his presence in all that he has made, and take proper care of his beautiful dwelling place.

“Build a temple…to…my glory”