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.

Healing Prayer Sessions
What is Healing Prayer?
It is an intensive form of intercessory prayer focusing on an individual’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs to provide a sense of balance and facilitate self-healing. Healing prayer sessions are an opportunity for you to be lifted up for God’s guidance and Christ’s healing by an individual who is a Christian and is trained in energy therapy (Healing Touch, Reiki, etc). Members of the healing prayer team have responded to a call to learn energetic healing techniques and to become a healing presence/ facilitator for their own and others’ self-healing. Healing Prayer sessions of 15 to 30 minutes can be scheduled: February 24, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room K201 by contacting
Mary Ann Turner.

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, February 14, 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.

Prayer Retreat During Lenten
Avila - February 26-27, 2016
Meeting Christ in our Midst

Come join other WMPC members as part of your Lent preparations: time to be quiet, time to share thoughts, time to explore prayer through art, walk the Labyrinth, share the winter beauty of Avila.

Some scholarships are available. Contact
Lisa Hebacker for scholarship information.

Retreat Options
• Full retreat - $75 Friday, February 26 at 9:00 a.m. - Saturday, February 27 at 1:00 p.m.
• Day retreat - $55 Friday, February 26 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Participants are invited to stay for dinner.

Please register online by February 19.

Margaret Townsend with questions.

Centering Prayer 
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!

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 
Jan. 24-30  PW Retreat is held in Pinehurst. Hold the women attending and their families at home in your prayers.  Loves and Fishes Ministry and support for the children through the Chili Sale.   Capital Campaign discernment process 
Jan. 31-
Feb. 6 
Adult Handbell Choir Friends of Oberlin Village as they meet to share about the Oberlin Cemetery Program.  Step Up Life Skills Program 
Feb. 7-13  Widows of White Memorial   Ash Wednesday Service and Unity of Oberlin Road Churches.  Canned Food Drive and Lenten Challenge 
Feb. 14-20  Youth Praise Band and advisors  Mission Shares Table  Davidson Chapel Renovation Committee 
Feb. 21-27  Youth leading WMPC in worship.  Community Table
Avila Retreat participants.
Worship Committee 
Feb. 28- Mar. 5  Winter Retreat leader Mary Ann McKibben Dana.  Middle and High School Spring Retreat participants and leaders.   Personnel Committee 

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.
  • 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 Margaret Townsend.