Many of us are hungry for a closer relationship with God. Contemplative prayer is one of the best ways to foster that relationship. What is contemplative prayer? Prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself.

Beginning in October, we will offer two different forms of contemplative prayer: Centering Prayer on Tuesday nights and Lectio Divina on Thursday nights, both downstairs in the Parish House.

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to awaken to the presence of God that is always there. Meeting dates are October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, and 22.

Lectio Divina, which translates “divine reading,” uses scripture to have a silent conversation with God by letting the Word speak and arise from within the text and within our own hearts. Meeting dates are October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, and 17.

All are welcome. You don’t need to sign up. These workshops are offered on a drop-in basis. One can go to both nights or pick only one. No one need to have ever experienced these before. Beginners and long-time practitioners are welcome. Come and be hungry no more.

As an added bonus, on November 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the historic Church, we welcome Mary Dwyer, one of the early founders of the Centering Prayer movement, to help us explore more deeply the practice of Centering Prayer. Stay tuned for more details about this special opportunity.

Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask the Rev. Ann Gillespie.