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.
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.
|June 19 - 25||Mickey Efird, teaching about the Gospels in The Summer Forum.||Vacation Church School||Discipleship & Hospitality Committee leading us into a covenanted community with each other.|
|June 26 - July 2||Worship Volunteers: Ushers, Greeters and Van Drivers.||ASP and Baltimore Urban Mission Trips||Worship Committee|
|July 3 - 9||Christopher Edmonston and Gerald Roach as they reach out to families for “Imagine Giving Our Best to God.”||Haiti Youth Mission team as they team with Haiti Outreach ministries “Milk for Haiti”.||Lead us to “defend the weak and the vulnerable” (Proverbs 31:8;Psalm 82:3-4) and work for the common good in our community and world.|
|July 10 - 16||WMPC Program Staff: Cynthia Baggett, Laura Boyd, Genevieve Brooks, Page King, Emily Nelson, Lynn Springfield, Agnes Vaglio, Gwen Whiteman and Jean Williams.||Rising 9th Grade Mountain Mission Trip.||The architectural firm of Little & Little as they create the vision of the church’s new space.|
|July 17 - 23||Exercise instructors and classes.||Environmental Stewardship Committee||The Building Campaign Committee as they make decisions enabling us to best serve future needs.|
|July 24 - 30||Caregivers Support Group and members of our congregation battling illness.||WMPC Servant Saturdays||Cover to Cover in the shared journey of reading scripture.|
|July 31 - August 6||Communion Guild||Montreat Youth Conference||Prepare the hearts of our congregation to be open as they prayerfully consider their financial gifts during the Capital Campaign.|
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. 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 Margaret Townsend.