Spotlight on Ministry — Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The Brotherhood of St Andrew is a national and international ministry to Christian men. It was incorporated by an Act of the U.S. Congress, signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, on May 30, 1908. The Act states, “…. The sole object of said corporation shall be the spread of Christ’s Kingdom among men.” The national office is in Ambridge, PA.

The Brotherhood has been a ministry of St Matthew’s for over 20 years. The chapter is named for Oren Morris, one of the founding members of the St. Matthew’s chapter and a cornerstone of the organization in the parish. Bible study, service and prayer are the focus of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.

Meeting every other Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m., men and youth of the parish enjoy fellowship, wonderful food and an informal Bible study. Conversation is likely, practical, personal and often hilarious! The Brotherhood enjoys fellowship gained through service projects within the parish, frequently centering on our well-deserved reputation for good cooking! If you are looking for close friendships, warm fellowship a wide-ranging discussion of the Bible and an opportunity to serve St. Matthew’s, come and be a part of the Brotherhood.

The next meetings of The Brotherhood will be Saturdays September 3rd and 17th at 8:00 a.m. in the parish hall.

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Spotlight on Ministry — Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer

Beginning Tuesday, September 13, St. Matthew’s Centering Prayer group will be going “back to basics” as we read and discuss one of Fr. Thomas Keating’s books, Centering Prayer: Intimacy With God. We hope to renew and refresh our knowledge of the practice of Centering Prayer as well as introduce others to the concepts of CP and the ideas of this precious, learned man.

Centering Prayer is one form of an ancient meditation practice that is sometimes called “listening prayer”. This practice of listening for God’s voice and seeking God’s presence is found in all major religions in the world, and is expressed a little differently in each. In Christianity, the practice dates back to the earliest Christian communities and was widely practiced by monks and hermits as early as the second -fourth centuries. It has undergone a renewal in the modern Church through the instruction of Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, and others. Thomas Keating is often considered the father of this modern form of Centering Prayer.

If you have ever wondered what this listening prayer is all about and would like to learn more about it, this is an excellent time to do so. Centering Prayer meets on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. We begin a twenty minute “sit” (silent meditation time) at 6:10 with the reading of a psalm, and follow the sit with the book discussion. For questions please contact Susan Carson or Vicki Conway, or speak with any member of the group.

Please come try a new way to seek closeness to our Lord through this quiet meditation practice called Centering Prayer. Hope to see you there.

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