If you've ever longed to respond to the divine invitation, “Be still and know that I am God”... If the thought of the complete surrender of spirit and great peace of mind of our contemplative forefathers and mothers draws you to the contemplative lifestyle, but you just don’t quite know how to get there... then you are invited to attend an introductory workshop on Centering Prayer, to be held at Good Shepherd on Saturday, March 1st, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Centering Prayer is a method of quieting our mind and opening up our spirit in order to surrender ourselves to God at ever deepening levels. Adapted for modern needs from the model of the Prayer of the Heart described in The Cloud of Unknowing and practiced by Christian monastics since before the third century and up to the present, time it leads to an ever-deepening relationship with the Father who created us, the Son who showed us the way, and the Spirit who continues to guide us, if we will only open our
hearts and consent.
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Preregistration is encouraged because lunch will be
provided. There are sign-up lists on the bulletin board at the church, you can call the office at 828-389-3397 or you can email Fr. Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be no charge for the workshop, but offerings to support the work of Contemplative Outreach, the ecumenical network of clergy and laity dedicated to teaching Centering Prayer and supporting the contemplative lifestyle, will be gratefully accepted. Books supporting the practice of Centering Prayer will also be available. See Fr. Bill for more information.