What is prayer for you? Does it have a place in your life? Or is it your life? What does it mean to "pray without ceasing," as Paul encourages the Thessalonian church?
There are as many ways to pray as there are human beings. Prayer may comprise words and silence and actions and music and art. Prayer is not one-sided, but rather an openness to two-way communication with God. In prayer we present our true selves before God, and we also pay attention for God’s voice and presence in our lives.
Avila Contemplative Retreat - “Waiting” During Advent
Make time for spiritual recharge in preparation for the Advent season and participate in the Avila Contemplative Retreat, Friday, November 13-Saturday, November 14. Space for quiet time and renewal is available as well as an opportunity for reflection with others from WMPC at the peaceful Avila Center in Durham County.
Join us for part or the entire weekend. This is an OVERNIGHT program beginning Friday, November 13 and continuing on Saturday, November 14. You may choose to attend the entire weekend or during any of these time blocks listed below.
Friday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday evening, 5:00 p.m.-Saturday morning
Saturday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Friday lunch at noon
Friday dinner at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
The program fee is $25/slot with a maximum fee of $75. Reservations can be made online. For additional information or questions contact Melinda Fox.
Do you yearn to feel more connected to God, more open to God's movement in your life? Centering Prayer offers one faithful way of doing that. It is a practice of stillness and silent prayer that invites us into closer relationship with God. Click here to learn the basics.
Centering Prayer Gatherings
Evening Centering Prayer: Every Tuesday evening, 6:00-6:45 p.m. in Davidson Chapel. We'll have a short intro, practice Centering Prayer together, then reflect a bit about the experience.
Noontime Centering Prayer: Every Thursday*, 12:30-1:00 p.m. in Davidson Chapel. We'll have a short introduction and then practice Centering Prayer together.
*Praying Our Church into its Future: The 4th Thursday of each Month, 12:30 p.m. in Davidson Chapel.
All are welcome - come join us if you can!
Below is a list of the People, Missions and Visions of WMPC which will be lifted up each week during the Praying Our Church into Its Future prayer times at WMPC, as well as privately.
|0ct. 4-10||Lillian Poole, Candy Lewis and the Lilies Bible Study||Stephen Ministry||Stewardship Committee|
|Oct. 11-17||Christopher Edmonston, Steve Swayne, James Fenwick and the Men's Bible Study||Cancer Companions; Seeing God in Cancer||Environmental Stewardship Committee|
|Oct. 18-24||Tracey Daniels and the Milestone Ministry||High School Prayer Breakfast Gathering||Oberlin Road Church Community|
|Oct. 25-31||Macy Aguirre, Ruth Ann Pulley, Terrell Grimes and the Church Kitchen events.||Communion Guild||Community Service Committee with a focus on Day of Service|
You may also find the following resources from our church library useful, whether you are new to Centering Prayer or a seasoned practitioner:
Open Mind, Open Heart : The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel by Keating, Thomas. - (248.34 Kea)
Psalms for Praying : An Invitation to Wholeness by Merrill, Nan C. - (223 Mer)
Soul Feast : An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life by Thompson, Marjorie J. - (248 Tho)
Fr. Thomas Keating on Centering Prayer (Video 291.4 Kea)
WMPC Prayer Ministry also sponsors:
- A Prayer Network of people committed to bringing before God the gratitude and needs of our community and beyond. If you have anything you would like lifted in prayer or would like to join the Prayer Network, please send an email request to Lisa Hebacker.
- Seasonal Services of Wholeness and Healing incorporating music, prayer, and silence. These services are sometimes created in partnership with other ministries (Stephen Ministry, Music and Worship, Youth, etc.). We offer these Wholeness and Healing services a few times a year, often during the seasons of Advent, midwinter, and Lent. Everyone is welcome.
- One-day Contemplative Retreats at the restful Avila Retreat Center in Durham, NC. Put the demands of your life on hold for one quiet day of rest and refreshment. For more information on the next retreat day, please contact Prayer Ministry Chair Melinda Fox.