Prayer

PRAYER is an expression of our relationship with God and is woven into the fabric of life at Incarnation. We pray individually and together as a faith community, interacting with God as partners in ministry, and seeking God’s heart and will.

Ongoing Opportunities

The following are opportunities for everyone to pray with or alongside others.

Centering Prayer

Tuesdays from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel. Centering Prayer–Returns September 13.

“Be still, and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:10) Begin your day with others in the quiet presence of God.

Prayer Leaders available in the Chapel

The first Sunday of each month from 9:45 – 11:15 a.m. in the Chapel

Prayer Leaders are available to pray with you, for you, or for any other matters for which you desire prayer. All prayers remain confidential.

Wednesday Morning Pray-ers

Wednesdays from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel

Each Wednesday morning a group of individuals gathers to pray for the public prayer concerns list, for different ministries of this church, and for other private concerns that are raised. Anyone is welcome to join in this time of prayer. The only expectation is that if you participate, you honor the confidentiality of the private prayers.

Adding Names to the Prayer List for Worship

Hospitals have changed policies to protect patient privacy and care centers no longer notify churches when a member has been admitted. The only way the Incarnation staff will know if you or a loved one is in the hospital is if you contact the Incarnation Office at 651-484-7213 or email one of the pastors. For an emergency over a weekend or holiday, call the Incarnation Office and listen for the prompts to leave a message in the Pastoral Emergency voicemail. The on-call pastor will contact you as soon as possible.

Public Prayer Concerns List

One of the easiest ways to support one another is by praying for the individuals listed on the Prayer Concerns list in the bulletin each week. To add your name or the name of a loved one to that public prayer list, simply contact the Incarnation Office at 651-484-7213 or email Joan Volkmann. Individuals will remain on the public prayer concerns list for three weeks. To keep the person on the list longer, simply contact the Incarnation Office again with that request.

The person to be listed must be asked and give permission for their name to be included in the public prayer concerns list. This is to protect their privacy and respect their wishes. Members/Active Participants are listed by name, family members who are not members are listed by the relationship (i.e. John Smith’s sister), and friends are listed by first name (i.e. Jane Doe’s friend, Sally).

The Public Prayer Concerns list is published in the bulletin each week and in the white Ministry Opportunities Sheet. If you were not in worship or did not receive a ministry opportunities sheet, visit the Publications page where it is available for download.

Non-Published Prayer Concerns List

If you or someone you know would like to be prayed for but not be included in the public prayer concerns list, you/they can be added to the Non-Published Prayer Concerns List which is prayed for each week by the Staff and Prayer Leaders and prayed for monthly by the Incarnation Congregation Council. These requests do remain confidential. Like the published prayer list, it is important to have permission from anyone being added to this list.

Prayer Spaces: Chapel & Peace Garden

The Chapel

The Chapel is located on the west end of the building near the Sanctuary. This chapel is now a dedicated space and is available to you for personal prayer. Just outside the Chapel, you will find a table with resources that are available for you to use during your prayer time or to take home with you. While in the chapel, feel free to turn on the lights, light candles on the altar or in the sand cross on the floor, or wrap yourself in one of the prayer shawls that were knit by others here at Incarnation. Check out the prayer wall to the left as you enter the chapel. Feel free to add your own prayer requests or pray for those already on the wall.

The Peace Garden  Prayer_summer peace garden

The Peace Garden is located across the parking lot from Door 2 and near the Preschool Playground. The Peace Garden is a wonderful place to go and pray, for conversation and reflection, or even for lunch. There are several features to the Peace Garden including a rain garden, a prayer pavilion, a labyrinth and an array of plants and wildflowers whose variety provides constantly changing color in the summer. Check it out week by week and watch it come to life in different ways.

Seasonal Opportunities

Lenten Day of Prayer

Spring 2018

lenten day of prayer imageThe goal is to have the people of Incarnation praying throughout this day in personal reflection consistent with the season of Lent and for the needs of our larger community and the world. People are encouraged to commit to a 30 minute time slot. Written prayer materials will be available during the event to guide you through your prayer time. Sign up in the Incarnation Office.

Questions about Prayer Ministry? Contact Pastor Jeanne Hartfield.

 

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