I typically hate prayer circles, as folks fall so easily into the “well I’ll pray better than that” trap. My experience of prayer circles any more is an extended blast of religious white noise, which sets my spirit on edge.

Praying in Crowds

I’m a pastor, and yet I am also filled with great anxiety when I’m praying as part of a group, “prayer circles” in particular.

Magnetic Prayer

At our youth group we have certain prayer stations set up to help the students spend time time in quiet with God.

Awake, O Contemplative Moderates!

I am reminded of a turn of phrase which formed from some of my reflections during a Biennial “learning session.” One participant took two separate statements I made and conflated them into a single thought, contemplative moderate.


At Central we take a nod from our liturgical brothers and sisters and make our prayer time “of the people.” Given that we are who we are, this takes on a rather odd format, but is nevertheless endearing to me 1. This image was captured just as prayer time was beginning, and our prayer leader…

Pastoral Prayer

And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise…