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. AT AVILA
9:00 a.m. Friday, March 3
through noon Saturday, March 4

Begin your Lenten journey with prayerful intentions and time set aside for reading, Centering Prayer, small group conversation and exploring the grounds of the beautiful Avila Retreat Center in Durham, N.C. There will be time set aside for solitude, for gathering as a whole group and for sharing meals. Cost is a $110.00 and includes a single overnight room, meeting space, lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast Saturday morning. Register now. Confidential scholarship assistance available. Contact Grier Richards.

Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer meets the first, third and fifth Tuesdays, 6:00-6:30 p.m. in W400.

Praying Our Church into its Future
Join us the forth Thursday of each month, 12:30 - 1:00 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. 1 - 7 Rich Richards and members of the OnPoint House Band Caregiver Support Group

Stephen Ministry Opening Retreat
Imagine: Giving Your Best To God Capital Campaign 
Jan. 8 - 14  Support Staff: Alex, Betty, Cheryl, Colleen, Deb, Debra, Elizabeth, James, Jessie, Jody, Karen, Macy, Noepaw, Rebecca, Rick, Ruth Ann, Sarah, Saw Gen, Terrell, Thay, Tonya, Walter  High School youth and leaders as they travel to Faith in 3D at Disney

Middle School Youth Lock Out
Officer Nomination for leadership, planning and care for our church. 
Jan. 15 - 21  Presbyterian Women, as they are on retreat, and their families.

Brad Holmes and Millikin University Choir
2017 Children’s Church School Offering Project: Milk for Haitian Children  Milestone Ministry 
Jan. 22 - 28  Flower Guild: Eleanor Kennedy, chair, Sally Hunt, Betty Ann Lennon, Sally Waldrum and Carolyn Younger.  Russian Sewing Group

High School Prayer Breakfast Group
Outreach Committee 
Jan. 29 - Feb. 4  Weekday School teachers and administrators  Boy Scout Troop 395  Joint Session/Diaconate Meeting

Program & Pastoral Staff Retreat

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. Our next Service of Wholeness and Healing is February 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
  • Contemplative Retreats at the restful Avila Retreat Center in Durham, NC. Put the demands of your life on hold and join us for the next retreat March 3 and 4. For more information, please contact Grier Richards.