Our Sunday morning congregation at St Luke’s is a relaxed and inclusive church for people of all ages in an open evangelical tradition. We always have a worship time where we sing a variety of Christian songs, from hymns to more up to date songs. We also have children’s work. There is a youth group for young people with a youth worker once a month in school years 7-13 and there are toys to play with at the back for little children. There is always a sermon or talk, as well as readings and liturgy led from the front. The atmosphere is informal with the emphasis being on connecting with God and each other. As of April 2018, we are in “interregnum” so do not have a minister appointed at the moment.
Licensed clergy and others will be involved in leading and preaching during this period.
Monthly Peace Meditation
Every second Sunday of the month there is a prayer meeting run by Denise Treissman. This happens at 5.15- 6.15pm downstairs at St Luke’s. More information can be found on her site www.lightforthejourney.org.uk.
Friday evenings – Centering Prayer
Every Friday (from 20 April onwards), there is a time of Centering Prayer at St Luke’s, 6.30pm – 7.45pm.
What is Centering Prayer? It is a form of silent prayer – meditation, if you will – not based on concentration or even awareness, but on that inner gesture of letting go, in service to ‘Thy will, not mine, be done’.
It is a prayer of our intention to consent to God’s presence and action within, beyond any expectation and our own judgments of how we’re doing. Extraneous thoughts arise – it’s our human condition – and when we realise we are caught up in them, we release them, by returning to our chosen individual sacred word. This is with the gentlest and least effort possible.
Thomas Keating wrote in Open Mind, Open Heart: “The sacred word is a way of renewing your intention to open yourself to God and to accept God as God is. While this does not prevent anyone from praying in other forms at other times, the period of Centering Prayer is not the time to pray specifically for others.
“By opening yourself to God, you are implicitly praying for everyone, past, present and future. You are embracing the whole of creation. You are accepting all reality, beginning with God and with that part of your own reality of which you may not generally be aware, namely, the spiritual level of your being.”
We will go over the guidelines and then meditate for 20 minutes, and have time afterwards to share between ourselves as we wish – the future format of the group will depend on what people would like. If you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact Debbie House or Tony Mooney. Everyone is welcome, from whatever tradition of silent prayer or meditation.