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.
Contemplative Retreat Day at Avila
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We will travel, once again, to the beautiful Avila Retreat Center in Durham. Cost is $45.00 and includes lunch, private room and walking trails. Retreat leader Cate Church Norman will introduce us to some Celtic prayer practices. Those interested in carpooling should meet at the Colonial Rd. lot, next to the Witherspoon building, by 8:00 a.m.
To register contact Tonya Higgins at 919-834-3424. ext. 216 or register online.
Labyrinth Walk for Lent
Come walk a labyrinth here at White Memorial! For four days during Lent/Easter, Prayer Ministry will have a large labyrinth set up in Pickard Hall. Everyone is invited to come walk it. It's an easy contemplative practice that acknowledges God’s presence among the twists and turns of our lives. We’ll have hosts in the room to orient you and get you started with this ancient way to pray. The labyrinth will be open:
Thursday, April 3: noon - 8:00 p.m.
(Lenten worship in sanctuary, 12:10 - 12:35 p.m.; lunch at 12:35 p.m. in Geneva)
Good Friday, April 18: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday, April 19: 8:00 a.m. - noon
Easter Sunday, April 20: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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.
Our Centering Prayer gatherings are on first and third Tuesday evenings, 6:00-6:45 p.m. in W400 (top floor of Witherspoon building), plus any fifth Tuesday on the calendar. We'll have a short intro, practice Centering Prayer together, then reflect a bit about the experience. All are welcome - come join us if you can! During fall 2013 we will meet on 9/3, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/17.
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, please send an email request to Nolan Huizenga. To join the Prayer Network and commit to praying, ask Nolan Huizenga to put you on the mailing list.
- Seasonal Services for 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. For more information, contact Nolan Huizenga, Associate Pastor for Covenant Life.
- 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 Sue Ramsay.