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.
|April 24 - 30||Gerald Roach Chair of Imagine: Giving Our Best to God and team.||Health Ministries’ mission of offering care and compassion to members of our congregation.||New Hope Presbytery and the Presbyterian Church (USA) as they strive to spread God’s Love in the World.|
|May 1 - 7||Lisa Hebacker as she begins her sabbatical.||Scholarship Committee as they review scholarship applications.||Stephen Ministry and the commissioning of new leaders.|
|May 8 - 14||Grier Richards, Elizabeth Viohl and the New Member Class.||Church Wide Picnic
Music Ministry Festival
|May 15 - 21||Linda Nunnallee and the Step Up Leaders.||Parenting for Grandparents and special needs children as they participate in fellowship and worship service.||Capital Campaign Committee as they discern the future of our congregation.|
|May 22 - 28||Mary Ann Turner and Healing Prayer Sessions.||Mountain Mission Trip for Youth.||Health Ministries as they offer care and compassion to members of our congregation.|
|May 29 - June 4||Alex Guevara, Facilities Maintenance Manager, and our custodial staff of Rick Gulley, Saw Gen, Noepaw Htaw and Thay Lander.||Weekday School Camps||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. 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.