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.

Centering Prayer Workshop
Katie Crowe will lead a workshop on Centering Prayer Sunday, September 13, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Her focus will be to help those new to the Centering Prayer practice as well as those involved on their own and in our Centering Prayer Group times. We would also like to encourage those who are willing to lead the Centering Prayer Group to join us, as we will be increasing our gathering times this fall. Following the Centering Prayer Workshop, you are invited to stay for Light for Our Way: Contemplative Worship for Wholeness & Healing at 6:00 p.m.
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, September 13, at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Come and allow 30 minutes of scripture, silence, prayer, music and candlelight to offer light for your way. Contact Lisa Hebacker with questions.

Avila Contemplative Retreat - “Waiting” During Advent
Make time for spiritual recharge in preparation for the Advent season and participate in the Avila Contemplative Retreat, Friday, November 13-Saturday, November 14. Space for quiet time and renewal is available as well as an opportunity for reflection with others from WMPC at the peaceful Avila Center in Durham County.

Join us for part or the entire weekend. This is an OVERNIGHT program beginning Friday, November 13 and continuing on Saturday, November 14. You may choose to attend the entire weekend or during any of these time blocks listed below.

      Friday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
      Friday 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
      Friday evening, 5:00 p.m.-Saturday morning
      Saturday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Friday lunch at noon
Friday dinner at 5:00 p.m.
Saturday breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
The program fee is $25/slot with a maximum fee of $75. Reservations can be made online. 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.

Centering Prayer Gatherings
Evening Centering Prayer:
First and third Tuesday evenings, 6:00-6:45 p.m. in the Chapel, plus any fifth Tuesday on the calendar. We'll have a short intro, practice Centering Prayer together, then reflect a bit about the experience.

Noontime Centering Prayer: Second Thursday of every month, 12:00-12:30 p.m. in Davidson Chapel. We'll have a short introduction and then practice Centering Prayer together.

Praying Our Church into its Future
4th Thursday of each Month
12:00 p.m. in Davidson Chapel

Beginning in September
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!

September Prayer Chart
Below is a list of the People, Missions and Visions of WMPC which will be lifted up each week in September during the Praying Our Church into Its Future prayer times at WMPC, as well as privately.
Dates           People  Mission  Vision 
9/6 - 9/12  Cynthia Baggett and the Weekday School Staff  The Haiti School dedication and its programs.  WMPC Session as they vote on the wedding policy for our church. 
9/13 - 9/19  Laura Boyd, Lynn Springfield, Gwen Whiteman, and the Church School teachers and volunteers  Confirmation program, volunteers and partners.   Presbyterian Women’s Coordinating Team
9/20 - 9/26  Karl Zinsmeister, Kirsten Homdrom, Agnes Vaglio and choir volunteers  StepUP  Fourth Alternate Worship Service Committee 
9/27 - 10/3  Gary Fulton, Colleen Aguirre, Alex Guevara, Rick Gulley and the support staff  AA Program and Al-Anon  Associate Pastor Discipleship Search 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. 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.