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A Discerning Heart

Songs From The Center

These songs are part of a larger contemplative movement to find fresh ways to deepen our spirituality and awareness of God through music.


Songs From The Center

Do we know of a song that will work?

That is a frequent question around the table in our weekly Contemplative Worship planning meetings. Each of our services seeks to help the worshiper enter into a contemplative dimension of the scripture and theme of the day. Songs serve as an important opportunity to allow Wisdom to descend from the “mind” to the “heart,” or from the surface to the depths of our being. Over the past three years, and especially during the global pandemic, we found it very difficult to find a song that said and expressed what we longed to say to God, to each other, or to ourselves.

So, Peter Johns simply wrote one. And another. And another. And another.

The songs from our first album, A Discerning Heart: Songs from The Center, are only a selection of what is developing to be a canon of songs composed by Peter Johns for use in Contemplative Worship at The Center for Christian Spirituality in Houston, Texas, and other Contemplative Worship gatherings around the world. All the songs on the album except one were composed for congregational use in Contemplative Worship at The Center.

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Companion Resources to A Discerning Heart

Whether you’re listening or worshiping along at home, or a church looking for new contemplative music and resources, we want to be a blessing to you. Complete the form below and let us know what companion resources you would like. If you already purchased the album, submit an image of your receipt for a FREE copy of the Meditation Guide.

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