Jesus is a person of constant action: healing, feeding, teaching, fighting injustice, and breaking bread with others. Yet, he also regularly spends time in contemplative solitude, centering his soul in his Father. He woke up early in order to find—or to be found—by God in periods of quiet and stillness. During the night before his crucifixion, he meditated in the Garden of Gethsemane. Every follower of Jesus is a contemplative whose soul can be nourished simply by listening in silence for the heartbeat of God. In our busy and noisy world, St. John’s offers several opportunities for you to slow down, be still, and center yourself in the source of life, love, and peace.
This contemplative method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation to silent communion with God. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other prayer methods, but rather to create depth in our spiritual lives. Join us in our quest for some calm and centeredness. Centering Prayer groups gather at least once a week at St. John's.
Find rest for your soul and breathe in the deep peace of God at this this special service combining contemplative music, prayer and meditation. Several times a year, we hold these services that provide attendees with a few moments to be still before God. Watch our calendar for upcoming services.
During the academic year, St. John's offers a contemplative service on Sunday evenings. This ancient monastic worship service is led by clergy and an all male choir and offers a meditative mix of Scripture, prayers, and sublime music. Learn more about how you can get involved in the Compline choir.
Yoga and Christianity go hand-in-hand. This physical form of meditation can enhance an individual's prayer practice and even deepen the connection between body and mind, reducing stress in the most difficult of times.
At St. John's, we offer beginner-friendly yoga and meditation weekly, led by a certified yoga instructor. Classes are free and open to the public. Come learn how yoga and meditation can enhance your faith journey. Check the church calendar for upcoming classes.