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.
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, December 13, at 6:00 p.m. in the chapel. Come and let scripture, silence, prayers, music and candlelight offer light for your way. Contact Lisa Hebacker with questions.
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.
|Nov. 15-21||Jean Williams our Parish Nurse||Special offering for South Carolina Churches assisting in the recovery after Hurricane Joaquin||Community Allocations Committee|
|Nov. 22-28||Emily Nelson, Tonya Higgins, Karen Haneline and Sara Aho (staff at WMPC)||Russian Knitting and Crocheting Group||The Weekday School Committee|
|Nov. 29- Dec. 5||Bob and Carol Gates and their support of the Presbyterian Coffee Project||Wedding Guild Committee||Worship Committee|
|Dec. 6 - 12||Sunday Morning Shuttle Drivers||Clothing Closet & Contacts Paula Williams, Cornelius & Charlotte Swart.||Outreach Committee, Chris White, Chair - Pray for God’s abundant grace and love and resources to serve locally and globally.|
|Dec. 13 - 19||All of our WMPC staff, that they may experience the joy of Advent during this very busy season||Daniels Middle School Partnership: Food Pantry supplies and Tutoring. Pray for the students’ needs being met.||Community Grants Committee, as they allocate funds given by the congregation to agencies in Wake County that provide for the needs of individuals and groups in the community.|
|Dec. 20 - 26||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 who come to our church during the busy December Advent Season.
|Dec. 27 - Jan. 2||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.|
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 Prayer Ministry Chair Melinda Fox.