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The Many Paths of Prayer II

Last week I wrote about the way I am currently praying: Centering Prayer, which is a form of meditation. When life is overwhelming, and one doesn’t know what to pray, Centering Prayer can be very helpful.

There is another form of Contemplative prayer that is very similar, called the Jesus Prayer. It is an ancient prayer formed in the Orthodox Church. The Jesus Prayer is a prayer of repetition. One who prays says, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” The original prayer left the phrase “a sinner” out. Christians have used this prayer over the centuries as a way to open the heart to God. As one repeats this prayer, one finds oneself in the presence of God, as the heart opens up.

Try this prayer this week. It works well as meditation, or with an anglican rosary. And if you’re not sure what an anglican rosary is, we’ll talk about that next week.

This Week at St. Thomas’

The church office phones are down. We are getting new phones installed on Monday, but for some reason Verizon turned them off a week early. Attempts to talk to Verizon about this have not been fruitful. If you need to reach me, call my cell phone, 443-377-9048.

This Week at St. Thomas’

Friday: Basket Bingo! Doors open at 6:00. Food and beverages (non-alcoholic) are available for purchase, or bring your own to share with your table. This is a great event, and lots of fun. Hope to see you there.
Sunday: 9:30 Worship and Sunday School
Sunday: 10:30 Vestry Meeting
Sunday: 3:00 pm Clergy Conference begins at Claggett. This is mandatory for all Clergy in the diocese. I will return on Tuesday.
Tuesday: 7:00 pm Fundraiser for the Student Support Network, in the Fellowship Hall.

In Closing

O thou who camest from above,
the pure celestial fire to impart,
kindle a flame of sacred love
on the mean altar of my heart.

There let it for thy glory burn
with inextinguishable blaze,
and trembling to its source return
in humble prayer, and fervent praise.
– Charles Wesley –