Monday Christian Contemplation
The Christian contemplative tradition is as old as the faith itself. Many Gospel stories tell of Jesus removing Himself from the crowds and going to pray to His Father. In St Matthew’s Gospel Jesus gives us the instruction to “go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is hidden.”
Contemplative Prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions, whom we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, thinking, feeling and choosing, even closer than consciousness itself.
Starting Monday 11th October will host an hour of contemplation from 2-3pm. (with optional sharing time from 3-3.30pm). Initially this group will begin on Zoom, with the expectation that it will move into the church later in the year. While doing it at home you may want to locate yourself in a quiet space, or one which is not full of distractions for you. The hour will have much silence but also invites us to reflect, or draw to close to God using readings from the bible, and traditional prayers. At the end of the time you may like to share your experience or slip away quietly. There is no experience necessary to participate—just willingness to sit with God.