A popular prayer group that began in the late winter and early spring of 2011, and coincided with Lent, is returning to Lakeshore Drive United Church beginning on Monday, February 20.
The group began meeting last year in the Church Parlour, thanks to the go-ahead form the Worship and Music Committee of the church. It emphasized meditative prayer.
At one time or another, some 17 people took part in the spiritual exercise with the usual number ranging from six or seven to 10, in attendance.
People came, not just from Lakeshore Drive United, but from surrounding United Church congregations and the Anglican Church.
All benefitted from the experience of the Seaway District of the Canadian Christian Meditation Community.
The accent at each meeting was on silent prayer, of 20-30 minutes. It was a time of sharing in silent prayer, using one or two words– “Maranatha” (the New Testament Greek word for “Come, Lord.”)
The meetings began with an introductory prayer, some singing, and the silent prayer was followed by a time for discussion, sharing, and concern for others.
Each meeting started at 4 p.m. and was limited to one hour.
Again in 2012, the Worship and Music Committee at the church has given the go ahead for the program.
It begins on Monday, February 20 at 4 p.m. and everyone in the community is welcome.
Come and find the quiet centre in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed:
clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes that we may see
all the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.
(374, Voices United, Hymn Book of the United Church)
For more information please contact group leader Douglas MacKay at 613-543-4468.