Prayer groups seek to help us grow in our relationship with God. Prayer is how we talk to God. We have some prayer groups that meet at St. Mary’s on a weekly basis and some that meet less frequently. All of these groups are open for you to join.
Centering Prayer – Centering prayer is an ancient prayer form first practiced by the Desert Fathers in Egypt prior to the Nicean Council and was continued by Catholic mystics such as Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. Although long practiced in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions, it has not been emphasized in Protestant denominations, but there has been a recent resurgence of the practice in Anglican circles. In centering prayer, which is also known as contemplative prayer, the practitioner attempts to still the mind as much as possible by focusing on a word, phrase, or visual object. St. Mary’s offers two opportunities to engage in centering prayer: The Chapel is reserved for centering prayer from 7:15-8:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings and on Wednesday evenings a centering prayer group meets in the chapel from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The Tuesday morning group meets in silence. The Wednesday evening group reads from various books and then practices centering prayer. Please consider coming to either, or both. No preparation is needed. Contact Matt McCracken or Ken King
Prayer Tool Kit – Individuals in the Prayer Tool Kit group seek to grow in their prayer lives and to support St. Mary’s through prayer with others. The group focuses on aspects of prayer which support the Healing Prayer Ministry that offers personal prayers for individuals who request it during Sunday Services. The group meets on the third Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel to discuss readings and books, to pray together and to participate in other prayer-related activities. Contact Barbara Kruetzer