Thursday Morning Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation, Thursday mornings at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary

“We do not know how to pray, but the Spirit prays within us”
– St. Paul, Rom. 8:26

Meditation is not something new to the Christian experience, but is deeply rooted in Christian tradition, from the teachings of Jesus and St. Paul; through the Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers of fourth century Egypt; including medieval Christian mystics like the anonymous author of the “Cloud of Unknowing;” and on up to the modern day.  However, many western Christians have no knowledge of this ancient tradition of prayer.  Meditation, also known as contemplative prayer, is the prayer of silence, the place where direct contact with Christ can occur once the never ceasing activity of the mind has been stilled.  In meditation we go beyond words, thoughts and images into the presence of God and the indwelling Spirit.

At Coralville United Methodist Church (CUMC), we follow the teachings on Christian meditation of John Main, a Benedictine monk of the 20th century who recovered this ancient form of contemplative prayer for modern people.  In order to support our daily personal commitment to meditation, in 2010 we formed a meditation group that has been meeting weekly since.  Our group is just one of hundreds that meet in over 110 countries around the world to practice meditation, and is part of an international community known as the World Community for Christian Meditation (www.wccm.org).  CUMC’s meditation group meets every Thursday morning from 8:30 - 9:30 AM.  For more information on Christian meditation or CUMC’s weekly group, please feel free to contact either the church office or Corey Houchins-Witt at corey.houchins.witt@gmail.com.

What's New

Our building is open and all are welcome to attend worship in-person at Coralville UMC! Our worship is on Sunday mornings at 9:30. To all who have missed gathering in our sanctuary for 15 long months, welcome back! To all who are joining us for the first time, welcome! For the safety of our children who cannot yet be vaccinated and for those who are immuno-suppressed, we request that everyone wear a mask. We will have masks available for those who don't have one.

We will continue streaming live from Facebook on Sunday mornings at 9:30 as well. All are welcome! You can find our Facebook page by clicking the icon at the top of this website. Or, you can find it here: Facebook CoralvilleUMC

Our current worship series focuses on the book of James. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, insisted that Christian faith was more than just a set of beliefs or a feeling. Faith changes our lives and results in faithful action in the world. We encounter the same message in the New Testament letter of James. Through our study we will discover how our faith can come to life in all that we say and do.

Song lyrics for this Sunday can be found here: Songs for Worship September 19

Those of you following the live-stream are encouraged to sing along. Unfortunately, we will not have congregational singing in the sanctuary yet for safety reasons. But we will have beautiful music as always!


Now there are three ways for you to make contributions to CUMC!


At Coralville UMC we affirm people of all ages, races, ethnicities, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, physical and mental abilities, and socio-economic status. We believe that prejudice, hatred, or discrimination directed toward any individual or group is contrary to the life and spirit of Jesus Christ.  Therefore, we shall work to eliminate prejudice and discriminatory practices within ourselves and our community, and to show grace, in Jesus’ name.

We stand together in solidarity with the family of George Floyd and with people of color in our congregation, our communities, and around the world. 

You can read the statement released by our Bishop, Laurie Haller, and the Appointive cabinet, here


We are in prayer with our community as we all are affected by the COVID-19 virus. See the church's response to COVID-19 here