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

“I will give you words and wisdom”

(Luke21.15 NIV)

In these last months, our lives and the lives of people around the world have been radically altered.  Huge challenges now face us in all aspects of our common life.  As we come out of Lockdown many are asking, “How can we find a creative way forward, a new wisdom to lead us to a better ‘normal’?”

“I will give you” - In Luke chapter 21, Jesus is talking about a time of trouble, and telling his disciples they will have to depend on God’s resources, not their own.  It’s all there: God’s guidance and grace is continually being offered to us – “I will give you” – our difficulty is we don’t always stop to listen and receive!  

“words” - We have a life-giving resource in many Biblical words that can signpost us forwards, helping us orientate through so much uncertainty.  God’s word is “a lamp to our feet and a light to our path” (Ps.119.105), most especially in the promises of God spoken in the first person by Jesus, or through the prophets. In our prayer of stillness, or contemplative prayer, these words of God also speak to us now, for they contain timeless and eternal truth (see Hebrews 1.1-2).  As we receive God’s living words, or sayings, deeply within us, we find our human personality is gradually illuminated more and more by the divine spirit and life of God at work deep within us.  We are following St Paul’s instruction, “Let the Word of God dwell in you richly” (Col.3.16).

“and wisdom” - God’s words point us to bigger truths, that go beyond the boundaries of speech, to wisdom that enlivens our heart and soul, wisdom deeper and broader than any words.   “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (Jn.6.63).   Philosopher John Gray wisely said the role of language is to point to things that cannot be said!  “The word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword.  It cuts all the way through to where soul and spirit meet, to where joints and marrow come together It judges the desires and thoughts of the heart” (Heb.4.12).

 Some have experienced Lockdown as a time when slowing down has helped us to notice more what really matters.  It’s a good start to being better receivers of God’s “words and wisdom” offered to us in silent prayer, a time when we simply slow down in God’s presence, not talking but listening, receiving.  We are not striving, just being there, quiet and attentive, noticing and being curious as deeper truth emerges through silence, helping us to navigate so much change and challenge.  “If you continue in my word … you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (Jn.8.31-2).

Coming out of Lockdown, may God give us a deeper vision for ourselves and for the world - one where “the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom.8.21).  As we let the words for this month “dwell in us richly”, may we allow ourselves to become tools used in God’s hands, kingdom builders together with God.   

 

“I will give you words and wisdom”