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
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 
Dec. 18 - 24 The Diaconate Oberlin Road Church Community
Pray for Friends of Oberlin Village and their work to clean, restore and preserve the historical cemetery, pray for financial support, pray for cooperation and fellowship among the Oberlin Road congregations.
Hospitality Committee, Carol Holt Chair
Pray for their welcome and support to all that come to our church during the busy December Advent Season.
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31 Kathy Rankin and the Archives Committee  Presbyterian Campus Ministry – pray for the students’ health, safety, happiness and success; pray for the students’ spirituality and the search for a faith community to join.
Our White Memorial congregation as we strive to Worship, Embrace and Serve in the manner of Christ.

 Jan. 1 - 7 Rich Richards and members of the OnPoint House Band Caregiver Support Group

Stephen Ministry Opening Retreat
Imagine: Giving Your Best To God Capital Campaign 
Jan. 8 - 14  Support Staff: Alex, Betty, Cheryl, Colleen, Deb, Debra, Elizabeth, James, Jessie, Jody, Karen, Macy, Noepaw, Rebecca, Rick, Ruth Ann, Sarah, Saw Gen, Terrell, Thay, Tonya, Walter  High School youth and leaders as they travel to Faith in 3D at Disney

Middle School Youth Lock Out
Officer Nomination for leadership, planning and care for our church. 
Jan. 15 - 21  Presbyterian Women, as they are on retreat, and their families.

Brad Holmes and Millikin University Choir
2017 Children’s Church School Offering Project: Milk for Haitian Children  Milestone Ministry 
Jan. 22 - 28  Flower Guild: Eleanor Kennedy, chair, Sally Hunt, Betty Ann Lennon, Sally Waldrum and Carolyn Younger.  Russian Sewing Group

High School Prayer Breakfast Group
Outreach Committee 
Jan. 29 - Feb. 4  Weekday School teachers and administrators  Boy Scout Troop 395  Joint Session/Diaconate Meeting

Program & Pastoral Staff Retreat

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 February 12, 2017 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 in the spring of 2017. For more information, please contact Grier Richards.