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(Past event) Retreat Day: Intro to the Practice of Centering Prayer

Saturday, Oct 22nd, 9:30am – 3:30pm, St. Paul’s Anglican Church Newmarket

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer – verbal, mental or affective prayer – into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ.

Presenters
Johnson Ling and Teresa Marchildon

Johnson is a self-employed businessman and a member of the Servant Leadership Team for Contemplative Outreach Ontario. He has been practicing Centering Prayer since 2003 and is currently the Facilitator for the Markham/Unionville Centering Prayer group.

Teresa is a Spiritual Director and former Prison Chaplain. She is an experienced Centering Prayer practitioner and the Facilitator of the Midland/Penetanguishene group for more than 10 years.

A light lunch will be served. There is no cost for this workshop but a free will offering may be made to offset the cost of the lunch.

Register below or by calling the church at 905-853-7285.

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