MAY a MONTH of PRAYER
The Parish Council have set aside the Month of May for a special focus on prayer in the parish.
Christian Meditation - the second of our introductory sessions will held 27th May, 4.30 – 5.30pm at The Rectory led by David Miller
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice found at the core of all the great religious traditions, leading from the mind to the heart. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness. It can be practised by anyone, wherever you are on your life’s journey. It is only necessary to be clear about the practice and then to begin – and to keep on beginning.
Christian Meditation is based on the writings of one of the Desert Fathers, John Cassian. He described a method of prayer that flowed out of the Gospel, which stills the heart and mind and allows the prayer to simply ‘be’ with God.
How to Meditate -
Sit down. Sit still with your back straight. Close your eyes lightly. Then interiorly, silently begin to recite a single word – a prayer word or mantra. We recommend the ancient Christian prayer-word "Maranatha". Say it as four equal syllables. Breathe normally and give your full attention to the word as you say it, silently, gently, faithfully and - above all - simply. The essence of meditation is simplicity. Stay with the same word during the whole meditation and in each meditation day to day. Don't visualise but listen to the word, as you say it. Let go of all thoughts, images and other words. Don’t fight your distractions: let them go by saying your word faithfully, gently and attentively and returning to it as soon as you realise you have stopped saying it or when your attention wanders. It may take a time to develop a habit of meditation so we suggest you begin with as little as 5 minutes and work up gradually to 20 or 30 minutes. Rev. Jo notes that Maranatha is an Aramean word meaning; Our Lord is coming or Come Lord Jesus.
[extract from the Worldwide Community for Christian Meditation website ]
The Anam Cara website is highly recommended where you will find many resources to enhance your prayer life.
Please note there are Pocket Prayer Books of A Prayer Book for Australia available for sale $25.00 see Rev Jo if you would like to purchase a copy.
* a place for fellowship around the Bible
* a place for prayer
* a place to ask questions
In Yarram – Coffee Connect, Mondays 3.45pm at the Coffee Palace, led by Linda Bowden currently studying The Gospel of Luke
In Port Albert – 3.30pm at St John’s Raglan Street, led by Rev. Jo currently studying The Gospel of John; Wednesday 24th We are now meeting at 3.30pm for about one hour.
In Won Wron – Recommences this month please contact Rev Jo for details
You are welcome to join a group at any time or if you would like to start a group please talk to Rev. Jo
Please note there are copies of the Bible Study – John; The Way to True Life by Douglas Connelly available for $10.00 you may purchase for private study or join the Port Albert Bible Study Group or start a new group
|Pentecost group at Holy Trinity|
NEWS FROM PARISH COUNCIL …
Pentecost Sunday 4th June; 9.00am St John’s, Port Albert and 10.30am Holy Trinity, Yarram – please wear red. A fellowship meal will be held at Holy Trinity Hall 12 noon. You are invited to bring simple finger food to share.