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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.


The Saint John's Bible
http://www.whitememorial.org/uploads/StJohn-Bible.jpg White Memorial is honored to host seventeen re-production prints from The Saint John’s Bible. The exhibit is on display in Geneva Hall from January 16 through February 11.

These 22x19 framed prints include Creation, the Garden of Eden, Jacob’s Ladder and many more. In addition to docent-led visits that consider all the illuminations, individual illuminations will be considered in brief services of scripture and prayer.

Exhibit Hours
Wednesdays, January 21, January 28, February 4, February 11; 3:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 4; 7:30-8:00
Thursdays, January 22, January 29, February 5; 10:00 a.m.-11:30
Sunday, January 25; 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Sundays, February 1; 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Sundays, February 8; 9:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Complete list of 17 prints that will be on display
Creation, Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, Jacob’s Ladder, Ten Commandments, Pentecost (Acts 1), Psalms Book II Frontispiece, Psalms Book V Frontispiece, Frontispiece from the Gospel of Matthew, Frontispiece from the Gospel of Mark, Frontispiece from the Gospel of Luke, Frontispiece from the Gospel of John, Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly from the Ending of the Gospel of Mark, Sower and the Seed (Mark 3, 4), Life in Community (Acts 5, 6), Life of Paul (Acts 15), I am Statements (John 6).

Contemplate Scripture with the St. John’s Bible Illuminations
In addition to docent-led visits that consider all the illuminations, individual illuminations will be considered in brief services of scripture and prayer.

Friday, January 16

3:00-3:30 p.m.

Creation (Genesis 1:1-2, 4)

Sunday, January 18

7:00-7:30 p.m.

Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:4b-25)

Tuesday, January 20

10:30-11 a.m.

Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:4b-25)

Wednesday, January 21

7:00-7:30 p.m.

Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-22)

Thursday, January 22

11:00-11:30 a.m.

Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-26)

Sunday, January 25

12:15-12:45 p.m.

Pentecost (Acts 1)

Tuesday, January 27

10:30-11 a.m.

Psalms Book 2 Frontispiece (Psalm 42)

Wednesday, January 28

7:00-7:30 p.m.

Psalms Book 5 Frontispiece (Psalm 107)

Thursday, January 29

11:00-11:30 a.m.

Matthew Frontispiece (Matthew 1)

Sunday, February 1

4:00-4:30 p.m.

Mark Frontispiece (Mark 1:9-11)

Monday, February 2

5:00-5:30 p.m.

Luke Frontispiece (Luke 2:1-20)

Tuesday, February 3

10:30-11 a.m.

John Frontispiece (John 1:1-14)

Wednesday, February 4

7:30-8:00 p.m.

The Ending of Mark (Mark 16:1-8b, 9:20)

Thursday, February 5

11:00-11:30 a.m.

Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:3-9)

Sunday, February 8

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Life in the Community (Acts 4:32-35)

Tuesday, February 10

10:30-11:00 a.m.

Life of Paul (Acts 9:1-22, 15:1-35, 17:16-34, 22:17-21, 22:25-28)

Wednesday, February 11

7:00-7:30 p.m.

I AM Statements (John 6:25-40, 8:12-20, 10:7-18, 14:6-14, 15:1-11)



Enriching Our Faith @ Avila
Be still and know that I am God. - Psalm 46:10

Make time for spiritual recharge during the season of Lent and participate in a half-day program on Saturday, March 7 at 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Space for quiet time and renewal is available as well as an opportunity for reflection time with others from White Memorial at the peaceful Avila Center in Durham County. The program fee is $25 and reservations can be made online. Make checks payable to WMPC and send to White Memorial, c/o Tonya Higgins or bring by the church office. Registration and payment deadline for this event is noon, Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

For additional information or questions contact Melinda Fox.


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.

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!

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 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.
  • 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 Prayer Ministry Chair Melinda Fox.