mission of the prayer ministry
To pray with and for the people of All Saints Church, our local community, and the world.
To encourage and enable people to discover and deepen their own prayer lives.
We do this submitted to the authority of the Rector and the Vestry and consonant with the Anglican way of living the gospel.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.”
~ Matthew 18:20
Sunday Morning Prayer is offered during Communion at each service on Sunday. This is a time that you can come and bring any concern – for yourself, a friend, or a family member – and a prayer team will pray with you and for you. If you do not have a specific request and would just like prayer in general, please come as well. All prayer requests are kept confidential. We consider it a privilege to pray with you.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
~ Lamentations 3:22-23
Why schedule a prayer appointment? Isn’t it enough to come for prayer on Sunday morning?
Scheduling an appointment with a prayer team allows time for listening, talking, and praying – for going a little deeper. Appointments are usually scheduled for an hour and a half, although that time is very flexible. The person seeking prayer meets with a team of two prayer ministers, who are not therapists or counselors but are trained in spiritual ministry. The priority and focus of this time is to join together in prayer, listening and seeking to follow the gentle leading and healing presence of the Lord. Ministers and prayer recipients submit themselves and their time to the purposes and guidance of God.
Any concern or need is appropriate for this time: seeking a deeper relationship with the Lord, fears or anxieties, relationship issues, emotional wounds, painful childhood memories, trauma, or any disease of body, soul, or spirit.
“What joy and inspiration I received through my sessions with the prayer ministers! My worst fears, longings, and struggles were met with mercy and grace through prayer. In my own time and at my own pace, I learned how much Jesus understands about me and how perfect his love is for me. I felt reunited with his eternal love and drew closer to Jesus than I have been throughout my entire life. This ministry is powerful and inspirational, and yet, more simply, I experienced the infinite intelligence and infinite love of Christ. Many times, I’m reminded of Paul’s words from Romans 11:33: “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out.”
For more information or to schedule a prayer appointment, contact Nancy Crowell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Debbie Hooker (email@example.com).