About Centering prayer
Prayer is often thought of as talking to God. We use words to express to God our thoughts and feelings. But this is only one form of prayer. In the Christian tradition contemplative prayer is another way of relating to God. Contemplation is a form of prayer in which we let go of thoughts and simply sit silently in the presence of God. For most of us, sitting in silence and letting go of thoughts is a challenging project. Centering prayer is a form of prayer which prepares us to experience God at a deeper, contemplative level. It helps us let go of thoughts and preoccupations as our prayer moves into contemplation. The purpose of this prayer is to deepen our awareness of God’s abiding presence in our lives. We begin to share more deeply in the love and nature of God as we consent to the presence and movement of the Spirit in prayer and daily life.
We also meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of each month from 7:30 – 9:00 pm in the Fireside Room, in Moody Hall. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Bob Blair (714) 482 – 5343.
9:45 Sunday, Junior Youth Group – Sedgley Hall, 2nd floor
8am Sunday, Holy Eucharist
A service with minimal music (no hymns) involving prayers, readings, read psalm, homily, and Holy Eucharist. Usually about 45 minutes in length.
9am Sunday, Centering Prayer – Moody Hall, 2nd floor
A time of centering prayer and reflection offered between services, 9-9:45am in Moody Hall.
10am Sunday, Holy Eucharist and Godly Play for K-8th
This is a service is similar to the 8am, but with music primarily from the hymnal and offerings by the choir. Children are in Sunday School for Godly Play at the beginning of the service and enter at Eucharist. Nursery is available also. This service is a full hour in length.
The first Sunday of the month we celebrate all birthdays and anniversaries for the month.
6:30pm Tuesday, Evening Prayer
Every Tuesday at 6:30 pm
11am Wednesday, The Healing Service
Every Wednesday at 11am we gather for Holy Eucharist that offers prayers and annointing for healing. You are welcome to come ask for prayers and annointing for yourself, for someone else or for concerns for the world.
At the sermon time, the congregants are invited into dialogue around the Gospel topic of the day.
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey you are welcome at our Healing and Eucharist service.
7pm, 3rd Thursday of the month, Taizé Prayer
Taizé is an international and ecumenical monastic community in France. They are Catholic and Protestant brothers whose purpose is to show the world that Christians of all tripes and colors can live together in harmony, in love and service to Christ.
One of their many gifts to the world is a unique style of contemplative worship. Essentially,the service is composed of three parts: singing, sacred reading and silence. It is the singing that is central to the service and where great sensitivity to the Spirit is required. In a Taizé service the songs are usually, but not necessarily, short, simple phrases from scripture sung repetitively and meditatively. The purpose of singing in this way is to allow the cognitive mind to gradually relax, and to allow the intuitive side to be present and open to the Spirit of God. This transforms the singing into prayer of the heart. The silence that follows serves to reinforce the heart’s receptiveness of the Spirit, and personalizes the experience. The reading allows us to hear and be inspired by the words of scripture, or the words of some other traveler on the path to God in Christ.