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 
July 30 - August 5  The Communion Guild  High School Montreat Conference

Raleigh Rescue Mission’s “Sunday Snack Lunch” Program
WMPC Staff, Session and Diaconate
August 6 - 12  Praying for people in transition

Robert Galloway as he starts as Pastoral Resident, James Fenwick as he ends his time at WMPC, and Grier as she recovers from surgery
Middle School youth and leaders participating in the Adventure Days Mission  The Building Committee as we are in the midst of schematic design with the architects 
August 13 - 19  Karen Haneline, Jessie Carroll and volunteers helping with the Audio-Visual programming of our Sunday worship services   Collection of school supplies for Wake County students  Final renovation of WMPC nurseries and the transition back into their use as safe and nurturing space for our families 
August 20 - 26  WMPC Youth as they prepare their Summer Forum Presentation  The international mission partners our church supports through direct relationships with ministries and missionaries of the Presbyterian Church (USA)  The Imagine Campaign as we, the congregation, strive to give our best to God 
August 27 - September 2  Lisa, René and Ben Hebacker as they begin a new journey at North Raleigh Presbyterian Church  Transitions Life Care  Program and 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 Grier Richards.
  • 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.