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This day is a rare opportunity to expereince and develop various different approaches to contemplative prayer. The day is aimed at those who are wanting encouragement, experience, guidance and wisdom regarding the various different appoaches to prayer as the experience or absence of being with God.
We encourage all participants of the Moot Community, those who are on a spiritual journeying with us, those who are exploring forms of new monasticism and those who are hungry to encounter God through prayer to come.
The day is free for those who are participants of the Moot Community, and discounted for those who are not.
The day will be led by Julie Dunstan, who is a Spiritual Director, teacher at the London Centre for Spirituality, Psychotherapist and Reader. Julie has much experience to share with us as we seek to deepen our own contemplative life.
For all new monastics, prayer is an essential focus to the way of following Jesus, which some have articulated as ‘prayerful action’ or ‘contemplative action’.
Without an active and healthy prayer life, then there is a great danger that our lives become overly focused on those things that distort us in the absence of God. Sometimes we become fixated on our own thinking and feeling and forget to seek after the presence of God in the world. This day seeks to inspire and encourage those seeking to start or develop their prayer life, which is never easy, and requires perseverance and discipline.
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH
For this podcast Ian Mobsby leads a creative approach combining a Lectio Divina reflecting on the Lord’s Prayer as cited in the Gospel of Matthew. The fourth section of the Lectio, the Contemplatio or Contemplation section will use the Centering Prayer Method. There are a number of said prayers in the Lectio – see below for the details: For this centering prayer practice we are going to use the four stages of the Lectio Divina – of Lectio, Meditatio, Oritartio, and Contemplatio – where we are going to use Centering prayer for the last section – the Contemplatio. Remember your sacred word … if you haven’;t one then do listen to the introduction to centering prayer also in the recordings.
You will also need to have access to the various prayers at the beginning or end of each section which are in the spirituality section of the Moot Website. So first find a comfortable and supported sitting posture and focus inwards using your breath. Let us pray to and with the presence of God.
1. Lectio: Listening to the Word of God as revealed to the words of scripture. Matthew 6 v9-16, 25, 31-34, NRSV
‘Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.* And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial,* but rescue us from the evil one.* For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. ‘And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink,* or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God* and his* righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
2. Meditatio: Reflecting on what this Word is telling us personally today.
To know Fully that God is our Father means recognising the common origin of all created matter – both great and humble. Just like a worldly parent, our Father has made us in Gods image – we are not God – but we find out fulfilment by an ever deeper and mysterious relationship to God as Trinity. The I AM God began as the universal which, through the act of calling all things into being, Gave birth to the particular in all it’s multitude; whereas we human beings begin with our individual, seemingly separate existence and seek to rejoin the whole.
God let my soul absorb and encounter your divine reality, may you Creator Spirit and Redeemer be hallowed in me, may the Spirit quietan the inner whirlwind of my lusts, hates and thoughts, help me to recognise God as the greatest good who leads me into stillness. Amen
3. Oratorio: Responding to God through active or discursive prayer.
open verbal prayer
O Lord give me the courage to follow you Not only into the deserts of this world But also Into the wild and lonely places of my parched soul, Which yearns for your living water More than the dunes of the Sinai long for rain. O Lord, forgive me as I lose my way amid The ever-changing, whirlswind cravings of my body, The quaking of a heart torn between love and terror, And that false self whose flame distracts me from your light; You are in none of these, I know. Thank you, O Lord for calling me back to yourself when I fail, With the same still small voice. That guided Elijah out of the cave of his fears and despair To return to your direction Amen
4. Contemplatio: Resting in the peace of Christ left us, opening ourselves to him in silence, and letting the Spirit pray through us and for us with sighs that words cannot express.
Serene Spirit of God Shining in the ground of my being Draw me to yourself Draw me past the snares of the senses, Out of the mazes of the mind Free me from symbols, from words, That I may discover The signified, the word unspoken, In the darkness That veils the ground of my being. Amen There will now be 15 minutes to allow for centering prayer using your sacred word.
Following popular request, this month we will putting up in the podcast section some of the spoken contemplative prayers that we are now commonly using in Moot as part of our prayer life. The first two are aimed at the beginning and end of the day. Many of us in these uncertain times are struggling with stress and a sense of being overwhelmed by life and the uncertainty of the times. These Wellbeing prayers are aimed at helping you face who you are before God at the beginning and end of the day.
For more information on our prayer resources, please visit the spirituality section of our website at http://www.moot.uk.net/enterprises/ or click here
The Moot Meditation Group on Wednesday evenings has now been a great success every week for the last 3 and a bit years. We have sort to expand this important spiritual activity, with a short lunchtime version. We have trialled this on Mondays for the last 5 months, and take-up has not been as much as Wednesday evenings.
If you work or live near to St Mary Aldermary and are interested in our lunchtime meditation sessions, please do help us what works best for you by completing the following survey, click here. It is very important that we ensure that all our activities are accessible as possible.
Now that the Host Cafe is open, one of the events we want to pilot is a week day morning yoga session with christian meditation. At this stage we are still planning, and so would be grateful if you would consider completing the survey below…
For those who are unable to make our weekly after-work meditation group on Wednesdays we are now offering a weekly short meditation every Monday.
This short drop-in group does not require previous experience of meditation. We will be using the John Main method to support beginners and those who have a developed meditation practice. Do join us!
For more information please contact Ian Mobsby.