Common prayer is a style/pattern of praying, usually in a group, following some kind of pre-composed text. It is common in that it is shared by everyone together. It is prayer in that it is addressed to God and helps incline our hearts toward God and away from ourselves or each other.
For those coming from a non-liturgical background who might be new to common prayer, all of this could sound "scripted" or "rote". In one sense it is, but on the other hand as Christians we know it isn't the text that needs to be renewed but rather our hearts and mind. These texts serve as a stable and familiar framework or platform for God to renew us.
For those coming from another religion or no religion in particular, we'd love for you to come participate and see for yourself why Christians have been practicing prayer in this way for centuries.
If you're intrigued but not sure, that's OK! Please consider looking over the text we'll be praying through for a given event or reach out to one of us with questions.
Generally we'll be praying the Book of Common Prayer (or BCP for short) shared by Episcopalians and Anglicans world-wide. Printed copies will be available at the events, so no preparation will be required. Unless otherwise stated, events will be relatively short, simple, and straightforward—common prayer is designed to be a frequent practice baked into ordinary life.