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. Vigil Worship Service - Easter Eve, Saturday, April 15 at 7: 30 p.m.
Gather in Carol Copeland Courtyard by candlelight and then process into the Sanctuary

This service incorporates the key sacraments of Christian faith into one celebration for children and adults of all ages. Join us for a unique opportunity to experience some of the most important tenets of our denomination.

•Lighting of the Christ Candle
•Easter Vigil Readings
•Reaffirmation of Baptism
•Celebration of Communion

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 fourth 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 
March 26 - April 1  Karl Zinsmeister, Kirsten Homdrom, Rich Richards, Kelly Gold, Agnes Vaglio, Lee Baker, the Chancel/Seasonal Choirs and Children’s Choirs.  Bible Study Groups Weekday School Committee 
 April 2 - 8 Confirmation Sunday and new Confirmands

Home Communion Visits
Cover to Cover

Men’s Retreat Committee
April 9 - 15 Holy Week

PW Circles
Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study
Session Meeting

Holy Week Worship and Services Step Up Development
April 16 - 22 Widows of White Memorial

Russian Sewing
Group NAMI Peer to Peer Class 

Imagine Campaign; Prayers that our congregation see the opportunity to support its vision.
April 23 - 29 Boy Scout Troop 395 and members receiving the Eagle Scout Award.
Senior Adult Pennsylvania Trip
Senior Resource Fair
High School Prayer Breakfast
Education and Nurture Committee
April 30 - May 6  Young Adults Retreat  Massanetta and ASP Informational Meeting and Planning  Stephen Ministry Program 

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.
  • 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. For more information, please contact Grier Richards.