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Contemplative/Centering Prayer

We meet every Thursday, year round, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, from 7-8 am in the church sanctuary.

Open to all

Our God calls us to love, to seek justice, to be peacemakers, to care for all creation.  None of this outer action happens without inner transformation and support.  The place where inner change happens is your heart and one pathway to that change is contemplative or centering prayer.  The contemplative/centering prayer group meets every Thursday morning, 7-8 am, in the sanctuary. 

Yes it’s early – 7 AM – but the UCC sanctuary is amazingly peaceful at that time.  What do we do there?

We sit in silence, for about 25 minutes.  Some of us practice Centering Prayer, some use other forms of silent meditation.  It’s up to you, but if you need some guidance in a meditation practice, we are happy to help.  We hear inspiration from writers and poets who words are open-hearted, encouraging and sometimes challenging.  We listen, in the silence, to small parts of scripture, listening for how it applies to our own lives.  We share ‘prayers of the people’ and hold all prayers not only in confidence but also before God.  The whole session lasts until about 8 AM, but it’s easy to slip out after the silent meditation if one needs to.  This group has been meeting continuously since 2000; it is open to all and we would love to have you join us. 

Willigis Jaegar, a Benedictine monk and Zen Roshi, has this to say about our practice:  “It is a practice that reaches beyond ‘private prayer’ to a realization of our oneness in God and our connection with and in loving service for all the world, not just at specific times of prayer but also in every moment, in all circumstances and conditions of ordinary daily life: while working, exercising, attending meetings, washing dishes, visiting with friends, engaging in acts of service. It is the means for our lives becoming “ceaseless prayer” and abiding always in the heart of Christ. 

We invite you to join us on Thursdays at 7 am.  Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Jean Woessner


Jean Woessner

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