By Marilyn Dressel
Centering Prayer is a method of prayer in which we consent to rest in God’s presence. It is a wordless prayer that moves us beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him. The gospel story of Mary and Martha, (Luke 10:38-42) teaches us that silence and action, prayer and work are two chambers of one heart. They need each other to realize the fullness of life. Centering Prayer teaches us stillness, how to be centered and quiet. From this time alone with God, we take the fruits of the spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and gentleness out into the world. Following a time of silence, the community reads a passage of scripture (four times through) followed by a time of sharing how the Spirit spoke to us.
The Centering Prayer Community offers a Quiet Day in November inviting the parish family to join us at Waldheim Retreat House on Old Mission Peninsula. This is a day of silence, praying the scriptures, Holy Eucharist, a guided meditation, and free time to walk in the beautiful Neahtawanta Woods.
The Centering Prayer Community held its twelfth annual Advent Quiet Morning on December 3, 2016, for the parish family and the community of Traverse City. This is a time of stillness through silence, prayer, an Advent scripture, and meditation with Grace Harmony leading the community in Taize singing.
The prayer community also adopted a family during Advent through LOVE INC. to help brighten their Christmas. We hold a space available to God as a free gift of our love. We invite you to join us in our quiet journey “every” Wednesday at 11am in the prayer room. Please feel free to pick up a Centering Prayer brochure on the table in the commons. “For you alone, O God, my soul wait in silence, for my hope is in You.” Psalm 62:5. For more information, call Marilyn Dressel at 231-929-2575.