“Worship is essentially an act of adoration, adoration of the one true God in whom we live and move and have our being. Forgetting our little selves, our petty ambitions, our puny triumphs, our foolish cares and fretful anxieties, we reach out towards the beauty and majesty of God. The religious life is not a dull, grim drive towards moral virtues, but a response to a vision of greatness” Thomas F. Green, quoted in Quaker Faith and Practice

Centering Prayer

 What is Centering Prayer?

From the Contemplative Outreach website:

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer – verbal, mental or affective prayer – into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.

Personal prayer

For many Prayer is a daily, moment by moment, experience of talking to, listening to, and being with God. Talking to God, because our natural impulse is to share, to express the joys and sorrows we all know; listening, by opening our hearts to God’s voice and guidance in scripture, silence and through other people.

Quaker Meeting for Worship

The Religious Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers have joined with members of The Auld Kirk to form a new ‘Meeting for Worship’. Worshipping in ‘the manner of Friends’ takes the form of a time of silent waiting upon God. Quakers recognise there is ‘that which is of God’, or the Inner Light, within all people – indeed in all things. This silent worship is an act of deep communion in the Light.

Community Worship

When the gathered community meet for worship, it is a celebration of life together united in the life of Jesus. His way reveals a way that brings all people together in welcome  – without conditions. All are Welcome because all are loved. Public worship may take a number of forms but the main forms of worship are the Holy Eucharist and The Quiet Time.