Contemplative Worship Experiences
Oakville Zen Meditation was founded in 2014 by Arnaud Painvin. We are meeting on Monday, Wednesday at 7 pm and Saturday at 10am at the church. These sessions are open to everyone without restriction. We practice mindfulness-based meditation for around 60 min. followed by a Dharma talk ( teaching ), and Q&A at the end. The main purpose of Zen meditation is learning to control our emotional mind in order to promote kindness, compassion, and love to everyone including self.
Sessions of contemplative, centering prayer are offered in person at the church in the Chapel and led by Arnaud Painvin and Rev. Jessica McCrae Wednesday mornings at 11 am. New participants are expected to join 10-15 min. before prayer for a short introduction.
Contemplative prayer or Meditative prayer is a silent prayer during which, by opening our awareness and heart, we listen to God’s grace and love, and experience his intimate presence, and teaching within our heart.
This method of prayer is both a way to bond and communicate with God’s grace but also a discipline to foster our relationship with him and to listen to his commands.
This is an opportunity to pray together, reflect on scripture and sacred words, and listen for and connect with the presence of God within us and around us during a time of silent prayer, before continuing on with our day.
Centering Prayer is offered by Joan Vinall-Cox online by Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 7- 8:30 pm. This group has been meeting regularly since 2001. Usually, after meditating for 20 minutes, followed by reading and discussion or watching relevant videos, there is time for chatting,
We hope one of these in person or online options will help you to grow in your spiritual life and spiritual practice. All are welcome.
For more information please contact the church office.
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The Christian Contemplative Heritage
Where the Spirit Soars and the Heart Finds a Home
Richard Rohr Speaks on Christianity
THOMAS KEATING’S SUGGESTED ORIENTATION PRAYER FOR CENTERING;
Lord, we adore you
present in our inmost being
and among us.
Draw us inwardly
by the greatness of your love,
so that we may taste that peace
which surpasses all understanding;
and that, little by little, we might understand
what it means to be lived in by God
Heal the wounds of a lifetime,
body, soul, and spirit,
as we wait lovingly
upon your Presence
and healing action within us.
Prayer for Our Community:
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. [Please add your own intentions.] . . . Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.
If you’d like to understand how meditation works, here’s a short article:
Here is a summary of the contemporary practice of Centering Prayer – https://cac.org/centering-prayer-weekly-summary-2017-02-18/
To learn more about our practice, you can watch these videos: