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. AT AVILA
Friday, March 3
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Begin your Lenten journey with prayerful intentions and time set aside for reading, Centering Prayer, small group conversation and exploring the grounds of the beautiful Avila Retreat Center in Durham, N.C. There will be time set aside for solitude, for gathering as a whole group and for sharing meals. Cost is a $55.00 and includes group meeting space, a single room for prayer and reflection during the day and lunch. Register now. Confidential scholarship assistance available. Contact Grier Richards.

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 forth 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 
Feb. 26 - March 4  NC Youth Bach Festival participants Oberlin Road Ash Wednesday Worship & Communion Service

Lenten Retreat Avila Retreat Center

Children’s Book Drive
Pastoral Resident Search Committee
 March 5 - 11 Brian Blount, preacher and President of Union Presbyterian Seminary, leading the Winter Retreat: Generosity Everyday Habitat International: Honduras trip

“Dear God, Make Me A Bird”, 3 part forum discussing domestic violence and abuse
Our Church Staff, Session and Diaconate
March 12 - 18  Facilities & Custodial staff: Alex Guevara, Rick Gulley, Saw Gen, Thay Lander, Lay Lay and Noepaw Htaw. Healing and strength for Noepaw Htaw and family.  Poland Committee

Medical Equipment Exchange led by Carolyn Elliott
Church Capital Campaign, Imagine: Giving Your Best to God
 March 19 - 25 Those on the Middle and High School Retreat to Camp Don Lee

Those on the Confirmation Retreat to Camp Willow Run
Mitri Raheb speaks about his work in Palestine for the social needs of Palestinians living in the Bethlehem area  Midsummer Celebrations Committee

StepUp Graduation
March 26 - April 1  Karl Zinsmeister, Kirsten Homdrom, Rich Richards, Kelly Gold, Agnes Vaglio, the Chancel/Seasonal Choirs and Children’s Choirs.  Bible Study Groups  Weekday School Committee 

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. Our next Service of Wholeness and Healing is February 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. 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 March 3. For more information, please contact Grier Richards.