Ministries Congregational Care Prayer
Prayer is an important expression of our relationship with God, and God with us. Prayer is a conversation with God. We pray together in worship, classes, small groups, and in our administrative and ministry meetings. Prayer is also one of the most important ways in which we care for each other. Many people at West End are involved in praying for those who share their joys and concerns. A prayer request can be made using the prayer request card during worship or by clicking the link below. If the request is marked as “confidential” – it is seen only by our pastoral staff and confidential prayer teams. If the request is not marked as “confidential” it is shared with our pastoral staff, lay prayer teams, and is printed in the weekly worship bulletin. If you would like to speak to a pastor about your prayer request please supply your contact information when submitting your request. Every prayer request is lifted to God daily by our lay prayer teams and church members, as well as included in our pastoral staff’s weekly prayer meetings.
If you are not comfortable knowing how to pray, you are not alone. Even Jesus’ earliest disciples wondered, so they asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray…” Luke 11:1. Jesus responded with the prayer still central to our faith today.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever. Amen
“Never stop praying, especially for others.” (I Timothy 2:1-5)
The act of praying for someone else is an important offering of care; it just may be the best way we can care for one another. We encourage you to pray for others as often as you can. There are many forms of intercessory prayers (prayers offered for others), some more elaborate than others. Yet praying for someone else need not be complicated; it can be as simple as an intentional pause and remembering a name as you offer it to God.
Our church offers different ways to engage in intercessory prayer (and we are always open to new ways to pray together). Our intercessory prayer teams are small communities that meet weekly for sharing and prayer.
Our Taize healing prayer teams are an integral part of our meditative Taize Services of Prayer and Healing. These prayer teams offer personal intercessory prayer during the worship service along with the laying on of hands and anointing with oil. Typically these prayer teams include two persons, one offering spoken prayer in response to the needs of the person, and another offering silent prayer while providing a caring touch through the laying on of hands. Anyone can participate in these prayer teams after a brief training session. To participate in our Taize Healing Prayer Teams, contact Taize leader, Sally Ahner or John Feldhacker at the church.
Other easy prayers and prayer resources:
- The Serenity Prayer
God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed,Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
Or a more contemporary version:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
- The Upper Room Prayer Center
- Forms of Prayer