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.
Enriching Our Faith @ Avila
Be still and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10
Make time for spiritual recharge during the season of Lent and participate in a half-day program on Saturday, March 7 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Space for quiet time and renewal is available as well as an opportunity for reflection time with others from White Memorial at the peaceful Avila Center in Durham County. The program fee is $25 and reservations can be made online. Make checks payable to WMPC and send to White Memorial, c/o Tonya Higgins or bring by the church office. Registration and payment deadline for this event is noon, Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
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.
Our Centering Prayer gatherings are on first and third Tuesday evenings, 6:00-6:45 p.m. in W400 (top floor of Witherspoon building), plus any fifth Tuesday on the calendar. We'll have a short intro, practice Centering Prayer together, then reflect a bit about the experience. All are welcome - come join us if you can!
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 for 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.