We believe in the power of prayer.
Our Prayer Ministers are available for prayer over the phone or Zoom. When we worship together in our sanctuary, prayer ministers are available for confidential prayer in the prayer chapel.
Our Prayer House (on Roy Street) is checked regularly, and Prayer ministers pray over the prayer requests placed in it.
You can request prayer during worship by clicking on the “Request Prayer” box at https://blcmidway.online.church/.
You can also request prayer here:
We also practice Centering Prayer, an ancient prayer practice of holding an open, invitational posture towards God. It is a prayer practice that helps us rest in God’s presence.
The guidelines to Centering Prayer revolve around four aspects of the practice:
1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
2. Sitting comfortably, and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.
3. When engaged with your thoughts* return ever so gently to the sacred word (*thoughts include bodily sensations,
feelings, images, and reflections.)
RESIST no thought;
RETAIN no thought;
REACT to no thought;
RETURN to the sacred word.
4. At the end of the prayer period (we’re working toward the goal of 20 minutes) remain in silence with eyes closed for
a couple of minutes.
You are invited to join us in this prayer practice. You can practice at home, or wherever you are, alone or with a group. There is a wonderfully helpful app for iPhone or Android called “Centering Prayer,” which guides the practice and includes a timer so you don’t have to be distracted by the clock.
During Lent, we will gather at noon on Wednesdays (February 24, March 3, 10, 17, & 24) for a group Centering Prayer practice. You can join us in the sanctuary (with masks and keeping distance) or via our livestream.