Prayer & Spiritual Disciplines
Prayers & Acts of Intention: When we mentally assent to prayers, and meditate with a focus in mind.
Prayers & Acts of Attention: When we let go of mental and emotional biases and simply seek to be present in the moment with God. This is part of the contemplative tradition.
Centering Prayer is from the Contemplative Tradition and considers prayer to be a pure gift from God. It is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions.
- For Children: The method is taught to individuals and is for adults and children. For information about this method with children, please contact Rev. Andrea Andress.
- For Adults: Read the Centering Prayer brochure from Snowmass Monastery (PDF).
Group Spiritual Direction
Persons meet for prayer once a month for one-two hours over a set number of months. The process combines silence, sharing of a personal concern or direction for your life and intercessory prayer for one another. The focus is on listening for God’s voice within you and through the community.
Lectio Divina (Praying with Scripture)
A selected scripture is read several times as people are given time to prayerfully consider the impact of the scripture on their lives for this day. Sessions last 20-60 minutes depending on the size of the group.
4th Day Groups (Walk to Emmaus)
Small groups in which individuals are accountable to one another for their spiritual journey. As participants conclude their Walk to Emmaus weekends, they are introduced to the concept of the Fourth Day — a symbol of the days of Christian pilgrimage. The Walk to Emmaus is a unique opportunity to reflect on one’s faith journey and make a deeper commitment to Christ. In fact, “the whole reason for The Walk to Emmaus is to make you a more faithful disciple and active member in your church.” (Bob Wood, Day Four) Thus, the Fourth Day is central to the Emmaus experience, as it extends each individual’s experience beyond the weekend and into life in the world.
In living their Fourth Days, participants are encouraged to continue to grow in relationship with Christ and live as faithful disciples in all of life. An important and necessary foundation for faithful Christian living is a vital connection to the Christian community for support, guidance, and challenge. This is most available through local church communities, reunion groups, and the Emmaus/Chrysalis Celebrations. Another way to be connected to the support of the Christian community is through studying the writings of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
There are many types, but the main focus is their commitment to God and one another and spiritual growth. Participants hold one another accountable and share their lives together in weekly meetings. Each group develops its own covenants or rules and content. Please talk with a pastor about creating or joining a group.