Prayer Ministry

Simone Weil prayer quote
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.

November 15, 2016
9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Avila Retreat Center Durham, NC.

Cost is $45.00 Register today.

Come and enjoy a special day of Advent preparation, spiritual rejuvenation and contemplative prayer. Escape from the chaos of this time of year and make plans to enter this season of hope-filled anticipation with prayerful intention. There will be time for personal reflection, reading, walking the beautiful outdoor labyrinth and enjoying the grounds.
Resting Restoring Reconciling
Light for Our Way:
Contemplative Worship for
Wholeness & Healing

Sunday, December 11
6:00 p.m. ~ Sanctuary

Contact Lisa Hebacker with questions.

Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer meets the first, third and fifth Tuesdays, 6:00-6:30 p.m. in W400.

Praying Our Church into its Future
Join us the forth Thursday of each month, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. in Davidson Chapel.

All are welcome - come join us if you can!

Prayer Chart
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.
Dates           People  Mission  Vision 
September 18 - 24  High School students and leaders on the HS Beach Retreat.  Russian Sewing Group  Stewardship Kick Off 
September 25 - October 1  Nursery Volunteers  Welcome to the Lord’s Table Workshop  Imagine: Giving Our Best to God Capital Campaign Team
October 2 - 8  James Benton, Business Administrator and his work at White Memorial.  Weekday School and its teachers and administrators.  Stephen Ministry 
October 9 - 15  6th - 8th Graders and their leaders on The Fall Retreat to Camp Dixie.  Beginning to Understand… Addiction & Recovery Class.  Capital Campaign, Imagine Giving our Best to God. 
October 16 - 22  Colleen Aguirre, Cheryl Briley, Jessie Carroll, Sarah Clapp, Jody Grayson, Karen Haneline, Tonya Higgins, Emily Nelson, Betty Peterson, Debra Seifer, Rebecca Turner, Elizabeth Viohl, and Walter Wilkerson.  Tom Norwood, Fall Theologian.

Coat and Blanket Drive  
99th Stated Gathering of Presbytery. 
October 23 - 29  Brooks Jordan, Stewardship Chair, and the Stewardship Committee.  Crop Hunger Walk  Prepare the hearts of our congregation to be open as they prayerfully consider their financial gifts. 
October 30 - November 5  Karl Zinsmeister, Kirsten Homdrom, Rich Richards, Agnes Vaglio, Kelly Gold, Cindy Sharp and Lee Baker as they lead our magnificent music programs.   Writing Toward Healing Class  Fifth Sunday Hunger Offering. 

Past prayer charts

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. Our next Service of Wholeness and Healing is October 9 at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
  • Contemplative Retreats at the restful Avila Retreat Center in Durham, NC. Put the demands of your life on hold and join us for the next retreat on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. For more information, please contact Worthy Durgin.