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.
Praying Our Church into its Future
The 4th Thursday of each Month, 12:30 - 1:00 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.
|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
Lisa Hebacker as she returns from sabbatical.
|Montreat Youth Conference||Prepare the hearts of our congregation to be open as they prayerfully consider their financial gifts during the Capital Campaign.|
|August 7 - 13||Faith Formation Team||Prayer Ministry’s mission to support our congregation’s prayer journey.||Stewardship Committee|
|August 14 - 20||Keenagers||Young Adults at Oak City Outreach Mission.||Adult Education Committee|
|August 21 - 27||Jean Williams and Caregiver’s Support Group||Collection of school supplies for children and youth.||Outreach Committee|
|August 28 - September 3||Dan Daniels and Disciple II Bible Study||Church Life App and The City on line communication systems.||The Development Committee as they continue working on the Strategic Plan.|
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.
- 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 Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, 2016. For more information, please contact Worthy Durgin.