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.

Centering Prayer Workshop
Katie Crowe will lead a workshop on Centering Prayer Sunday, September 13, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Her focus will be to help those new to the Centering Prayer practice as well as those involved on their own and in our Centering Prayer Group times. We would also like to encourage those who are willing to lead the Centering Prayer Group to join us as we will be increasing our times this fall. Following the Centering Prayer Workshop, stay for the Light for Our Way: Contemplative Worship for Wholeness & Healing at 6:00 p.m.
Resting Restoring Reconciling
Contemplative worship offers a chance to rest in God’s presence, restore one’s sense of wellbeing and reconcile relationships. If such an experience of worship might reinvigorate you, gather with others for Light for Our Way: Contemplative Worship for Wholeness & Healing. This service will be held on Sunday, September 13, at 6:00 p.m. in the chapel. Come and let 30 minutes of scripture, silence, prayer, music and candlelight offer light for your way. Contact Lisa Hebacker with questions.

Centering Prayer 
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:
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.

New beginning May 14 - Noontime Centering Prayer: Second Thursday of every month, 12:00-12:30 p.m. in Davidson Chapel. We'll have a short introduction and then practice Centering Prayer together.

Pentecost celebrates the beginning of the church. Thursday, May 28th at noon in Davidson Chapel, you are invited to pray for our church as it journeys into the future.

Praying Our Church into the Future
4th Thursday of each Month
12:00 p.m. in Davidson Chapel

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.