We often long for deep and connected intimacy with God and yet our experience of prayer doesn't always satisfy. Sometimes it seems like hard work, and at others as if that deep connection of God is something to yearn for but cannot be found.
About Contemplative Prayer
The medieaval English mystic Julian of Norwich wrote that, The best prayer is to rest in the goodness of God, knowing that that goodness can reach right down to our lowest depths of need.1
Contemplative Prayer, long known in the history of the church, but often not familiar within our contemporary church life, allows us to put aside both our exterior and interior noise, and to become aware of and attentive to the presence of God which surrounds us.
There are quite a number of Contemplative Prayer forms including: Meditation, Contemplation, Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, Sitting Under Story, Mantra, Meditative Reading, Journaling, Body Prayer, The Examen.
Experiencing Contemplative Prayer Together in 2013
Two series of small group, practical sessions are offered in 2013. These will provide opportunities to explore different contemplativee prayer exercises in a safe and warm environment and will provide practical tools to growing intimacy with God.
Series 2 - Wednesday Evenings June, 5, 12, 19.
Series 1 - Wednesday Evenings July 3, 10, 24
Series 2 is being offered first for those who have attended Series 1 in 2012 and for those who have had some experience of Contemplative Prayer, Meditation, Spiritual Direction, Quiet Days or Retreats.
Series 1 will follow later for those who are interested in exploring contemplative prayer or who can't make Series 1.
Interested in Attending a Series in 2013?
Then register your interest through the Contact Page.
Frequency - each series is usually weekly over three weeks.
Location - at Eight Mile Plains.
Cost - $15.00 per session or $40.00 per series.(Concession & Full Time Students $10.00 per session or $25.00 per series.)
Enquiries- via the Contact Page.
Length of Session - usually 7:30 - 9:00 pm. _________________________________________________________
1. Julian of Norwich, 1980, ‘Enfolded in Love: Daily Readings with Julian of Norwich ed. R Llewelyn, Dartman, Longman & Todd, London, p. viii.