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

“Make Me a sanctuary … the Spirit dwells with you”

(Exodus 25.8 & John 14.17)

The foundations of St Philip’s new church in Dorridge are completed, and we will see the walls begin to rise over the coming weeks!  “Make Me a sanctuary.”  

In Exodus, God asks Moses to make the sanctuary He needs, outlining the Tent of Meeting, within which is the Holy of Holies and the Ark of the Covenant.  It is to signify God’s ever-abiding presence with his pilgrim people.  Jesus further unfolds this understanding: “The Spirit of truth dwells with you, and will be in you.”  Paul continues to expand the imagery: “You are members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God in the Spirit” (Eph.2.19-22).

Holy places, however elaborate or beautiful, are of little value unless those who use them are able themselves to become loving spaces where God can dwell.  “Do you not know that you are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Cor.3.16).  If we are to become, as Paul teaches, temples of the Holy Spirit individually as well as collectively, then we need to listen deeply to the contemplative Word for this month, and let it permeate both our lives and our worship.  Here is a vivid example to encourage us in these strange times: -

Etty Hillesum (1914-1943), a young Dutch woman writing in her diary with appalling suffering all around her, on her way to be killed at Auschwitz, knew firsthand about this sanctuary: - 

“There is a really deep well inside me.  And in it dwells God.  Sometimes I am there too…  And that is all we can manage in these days and also all that really matters: that we safeguard that little piece of You, God, in ourselves.”

We safeguard our sanctuary, our inner God-space which God has always owned, and which can continue to grow and expand in us to become a blessing for others. In it we pray; from it we derive our loving behaviour; aware of it, we can intercede contemplatively, sharing this holy space with others whether they are aware of it or not, and so be safeguarding deep hope too for our suffering world.  

“Make Me a sanctuary … the Spirit dwells with you”