Prayer for others, or intercessory prayer, is part of our ministry as Christians and as a church.

As part of their rule of life members of the Daughters of the King commit to praying for others and are called upon to include needs of the parish in their prayers. Clergy and laity offer prayers in Sunday and weekday worship services.

On Sunday mornings, you’ll find a notebook at the west entry to the church to add prayer requests and these are included in the Prayers of the People during the worship services. If you are unable to come to the services and have a prayer request, please contact the church by e-mail or call 321-3020.

Centering prayer is a renewal of an ancient form of Christian prayer. It is a method of consenting to the presence and action of God in the stillness of our being. It is an exercise of faith, hope and love, moving beyond conversation with God to communion. The fruit of this prayer is a growing sense of God’s leading us beyond anxiety into an inner stillness and peace, and outward in compassion and service. Anyone desiring to deepen his or her prayer life will benefit from centering prayer. A group meets at St. John’s to both study and practice centering prayer on Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the church library. (Enter through the main, east entry, and turn left.) You may join us on any Tuesday, any week of any month. For more information, contact Pam Brown.

Our examples for intercessory prayer are rooted in scripture — Jesus and his disciples frequently prayed for the needs of others. In these prayers you’ll find language of wholeness and healing, of desire to live into God’s will, of mercy and grace.

“And this is my prayer,” Paul said, as written in Philippians 1:9-11, “That your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.”


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