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
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 fourth Thursday of each month, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. in Davidson Chapel.

Walk the labyrinth in Davidson Chapel

Join us Tuesdays, 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Some exceptions may arise so please call the church office at 919-834-3424 to check availability.

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 
June 25 - July 1 Bill Jackson as he leads the Summer Forum study: Pillars of the Church Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on our campus  Our Country as we celebrate our Freedom
July 2 - 8 High School Youth and Leaders as they meet each Sunday for casual talk about faith and life Divorce Support four-week series led by Lisa Hebacker Our Country and respect for all People
July 9 - 15  Macy Aguirre, Ruth Ann Pulley and Terrell Grimes as they provide for the many Food Service needs of our congregation Fill The Truck Food Drive for Urban Ministries

Massanetta Middle School Conference
The Session and Diaconate
 
July 16 - 22  Beth Robinson, Cindy Goins, Kathy Cassidy, Margie Mould & Honey Music as they lead exercise classes Haiti International Youth Trip The WMPC Staff and Imagine Campaign as we strive to give our best to God
July 23 - 29 Tracey Daniel and volunteer drivers for Glenaire and Springmoor Montreat Conference Center Men’s Retreat planning team

Families with Young Children Ministry Team
July 30 - August 5  The Communion Guild  High School Montreat Conference   



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.
  • 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. For more information, please contact Grier Richards.