We pray, together and individually, to be in relationship with God, express gratitude, ask for forgiveness and see God’s heart and will to form our lives as followers of Jesus Christ. We are engaged in faith practices to be present to God and God’s activity in our world.

Current and Upcoming Opportunities

Prayer Service for Grief & Loss

Thursday, April 11 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Loss comes in many forms: death of a loved one, job loss, losing a beloved pet, unfulfilled dreams, loss of a relationship, changes in physical or mental health, and more. Whether you’ve experienced a loss or you’re walking with someone else facing a loss, you’re invited.  You are welcome to attend whether your loss is recent or was years ago.

In the season of Lent, we remember that God is with us in all times, including times of deep sadness and loss. God grieves with us and feels our pain. God came among us in Jesus to bring hope to our darkest hours. While the joy of the Easter resurrection may feel far away, we watch for signs of God’s promises of steadfast love and eternal life.

This Prayer Service is a time to remember and hear words of comfort and hope. The evening will include Scripture readings, music, candles and a short message. For those who wish, there will be an opportunity for Holy Communion and to be prayed for individually and receive a blessing. You may also light a candle in prayer or remembrance.

He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul – Psalm 23

This service is one of a series of prayer services in 2019 that are part of the Caring Community initiative of Incarnation’s strategic plan.

40-Day Prayer Experiment

Ash Wednesday (March 6) – Easter Sunday (April 21)

Would you like to deepen your prayer life or build a habit of more regular prayer? Have you ever wished you had a person to connect with and pray for each other? Would you like to discover what God is up to in your life as you embrace the practice of prayer? If so, join the 40-Day Prayer Experiment. The 40-Day Prayer Experiment is just that—an experiment to see how this faith community and the people who make up Incarnation might be impacted by a collective focus on prayer. This year, the 40-Day Prayer Experiment will build on the midweek Lenten preaching series Lord, Teach Us to Pray and will align with the Prayer Toolbox that worshipers will build over the six weeks of Lent.


What’s the commitment?

  1. Commit to 15 minutes a day for 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. In those 15 minutes, read the assigned Bible passage and follow the prompts in the 40-Day Prayer Experiment prayer guide for that week’s prayer style. (Please note: Because the traditional 40 days of Lent doesn’t include Sundays, there are some breaks/catch-up days built into the schedule.)
  2. Each participant will have a prayer partner–either someone they choose and invite and sign up with or, if they need a partner, we can match them with someone. This is a great opportunity for couples, friends, neighbors, small group members, or new acquaintances to learn to pray together. As prayer partners, people will:
    • Check in with each other and provide accountability for one another
    • Once a week connect and have conversation using the provided reflection questions (this can be done face to face, by phone, or email–preferably one of the first two) (recommend scheduling these at the beginning of the process)
    • Each week share one way your prayer partner can pray for you and then pray that for each other, again preferably aloud at the face to face time or over the phone

Support & Resources

  • A discussion/action guide will be provided at the start of the 40-Day Prayer Experiment. DOWNLOAD the PRAYER GUIDE HERE
  • Participants may sign up for a weekly email from Pastor Jeanne Hartfield that will provide encouragement and a reminder of that week’s discussion questions.

Sign up online or in the Incarnation Office. Participants may sign up for their prayer partner if they have permission from their prayer partner. Questions? Contact Pastor Jeanne Hartfield.

Stations of the Cross

Wednesday, March 6 – Sunday, April 21

The Stations of the Cross is a prayer process to help individuals connect with Jesus’ journey to the cross. During the season of Lent, the Stations of the Cross will be available in the Chapel. Designed to be accessible for children as well as adults, this experience combines colorful images, reflection questions and prayer. The Chapel is located at the west end of the building, past the Sanctuary toward Door 6 and is available whenever the building is open.


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.

“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 Amy Martell. 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’s Ministry Opportunities Insert. If you were not in worship or did not receive a Ministry Opportunities Insert, visit the Newsletter & Ministry Opportunities Insert 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 Incarnation Staff and Prayer Leaders and prayed for monthly by the Incarnation Congregation Council. These requests 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 Alleluia Chapel

The Alleluia 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 Alleluia 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 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

Blue Christmas: A Prayer Service

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Blue Christmas is a prayer service for anyone who has mixed emotions about the holiday season. While our culture proclaims it the happiest time of the year, many people struggle during December for a variety of reasons. Some are grieving the loss of loved ones, others have less than ideal family dynamics and home situations, others are far from the people they love, and some are dealing with job loss or other life realities that make the Christmas season more complicated. The Blue Christmas prayer service is a chance to name these realities and seek comfort in our God who took on flesh and walked among us precisely because this messy world needed a new way to hope. Come for yourself or bring someone you care about for this quiet, candlelit service.


Questions about Prayer Ministry? Contact Pastor Jeanne Hartfield.