Centering PrayerNew Every Morning | October 7, 2022
The first step of Centering Prayer is to choose a sacred word that will become the focus of our time with God. … During prayer, when we begin to feel pulled off-center by worries or distractions, the sacred word will gently guide us back. … Any word that draws our attention to God is suitable … Abba, Jesus, Emmanuel, Holy Spirit, Creator, faith, love, hope, trust, calm, silence, or shalom.
—Sharon Seyfarth Garner, Praying with Mandalas: A Colorful, Contemplative Practice (Upper Room Books, 2016)
How did you feel as you kept silent before God? Join the conversation.
“Be still, and know that I am God!”
—Psalm 46:10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
whose love encircles all,
You are the one in whom I live
and move and have my being.
Thank you for the moments
when I see you most clearly.
I am sorry for the times I have turned away
from your loving presence.
With hope I look toward the new day to come,
heart aflame with your love and grace.
I am grateful that you are with me
every moment of every day.
Prayer by Sharon Seyfarth Garner
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Silent before God I feel reverent and thankful. I’m still functioning, able to do things, enjoyed a wonderful walk in the woods down to pond with beavers yesterday. A whole array of new trails are possible. Did the final tweak of the message for Sunday’s worship. Very thankful that there’s help from Discipleship Worship UMC, there’s only a smidgeon from me. Wonderful weather. Playoff baseball tonight. Prayers for NEM family.
Awed, insignicant yet loved.
More scammers responding to ad for boat. I hope an actual buyer surfaces within the next two months as that is how long the ad remains on the website.
Prayers for Ally and David, for health and finances. Prayers for Jill as she patiently tutors her students. Prayers for Robert as he prepares to give the message on Sunday, may God open the congregation’s ears and hearts.