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.
Advent Contemplative Retreat Day at Avila
Are you busy and stressed? Do you want some breathing space in your life? Do you crave the idea of true Sabbath rest? Then clear your schedule for just one day during Advent and come join us for a quiet retreat day. On Tuesday, Dec 3, we’ll spend 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the lovely Avila Retreat Center in north Durham. The $45 fee includes a private room (bed, desk, chair) for the day, a tasty simple lunch, and guidance for optional spiritual practices like walking a labyrinth. Please register online by November 27 or register by calling Robin Wimberley at 919-834-3425; ext. 216. Everyone is welcome: men and women, WMPC members and friends.
Questions? Contact Nolan Huizenga.
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, 6:00-6:45pm 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 email to Kathy Volcjak or leave a message on the prayer line: 834.3425, extension 301. Kathy emails praises and requests to the group members. 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.