Freedom in Christ: Welcoming Prayer
A class taught by The Rev. David Marshall
The Welcoming Prayer is meant to take the peace we experience in Centering Prayer into the rest of our lives. In a sense, it is the action to go with the contemplation of Centering Prayer. The Welcoming Prayer helps us deal with anxiety and both physical and emotional reactions to the events of our lives.
This class will review the practice of Centering Prayer briefly and then introduce the Welcoming Prayer. There will be a daily assignment as we work through a “40-day practice” to work with the prayer practice in our lives. The text associated with the class that can be purchased as a download for $20 from Contemplative Outreach. Scholarships are available.
This class will be offered as a Zoom class on Monday nights:
June 1, 8, 22, 29 and July 6, 13.
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“The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in the ordinary activities of our day ― “consent-on-the-go.” https://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/welcoming-prayer
Previous class: Exploring Forgiveness
We are talking about what forgiveness really is and how the stories we tell about our lives can either free us or bind us in resentment and anger. Ultimately, the forgiveness series is about developing a practice of forgiving the little stuff so that it is easier to do the hard work of forgiving the big stuff, whether that means forgiving someone else or yourself. The changes and stresses of our lives in this pandemic provide many opportunities to practice forgiving.
The introductory lectures for each session are here:
1) What Forgiveness is, and what it is not:
2) Forgiveness and the Stories We Tell:
3) Forgiving the Big Stuff:
4) Final Session:
The next class in the Freedom in Christ series will teach the Welcoming Prayer. Dates to come.
The goal of this practice is to take the peace and freedom experienced in Centering Prayer into the rest of your life. It is one thing to find peace during 20 minutes of silent contemplation, but we really need that peace when dealing with the frustrations and struggles of the rest of our day. The Welcoming Prayer helps us see and appreciate the sacred even in the midst of a pandemic by freeing us from fears and compulsions.