The Church as a “House of Prayer”
As a community dependent on God’s empowering presence, we devote ourselves to communal and individual prayer that delights in His presence and persistently petitions Him to act in our world. See Ministry Priorities
Quoting the prophet Isaiah, Jesus decreed that God’s temple was to be a “house of prayer.” It is clear from the apostle Paul’s letters that the Spirit filled community of God—the church—is the temple of the Holy Spirit. As God’s temple we are called to be a house of prayer.
We believe that prayer is “the most important part of the thankfulness that God requires of us.” Also, we believe that “God gives his grace and Holy Spirit only to those who pray continually and groan inwardly, asking God for these gifts and thanking him for them.” (cf. Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 116.)
The Bible recognizes that prayer is a way of life. We are called to “pray continually” and that means that all of life before God is in communion with Him. God has chosen to partner with His people through prayer. We are called to depend completely on God’s wisdom by seeking His will and by girding all ministry and program activity, and all new initiatives, with intentional and concerted prayer.
Recognizing that the prayer life of a congregation is not simply another thing that we must do, but a way that we must be before and with God, there are a number of ways that we as a church are encouraged to pray and are given opportunity to pray–individually and corporately.
Each week on Thursday afternoon there is an opportunity to meet together with other people to intercede for our each other, our community, country, and world. The group meets weekly at the church and the meeting begins at 1:00 PM. Please contact the church office for more details if you wish to attend. Read More
Jesus Christ taught us to pray and modeled a life of prayer. He regularly set aside time to be alone with His Father. Every disciple of Jesus follows the rhythms and patterns of Jesus. Having devotions–times of prayer, meditation on Scripture, reading the Scriptures, and the reflections of others are an important part in the daily routine of a disciple. Read More
The prayer chain is a ‘chain’ of people who have committed to pray daily for the prayer requests that they receive. A request is received by one person, who will then pass the request onto the other prayer chain participants. Read More
“Fresh Encounters” Prayer Service
A Fresh Encounters Prayer service flows out of the belief that the only enduring motive for prayer is that God is worthy to be sought. So often God’s people seek the “hands” of God for what He can give, rather than the “face” of God in order to know Him more deeply. This is a service of worship-based prayer and not request-based prayer. We enter into God’s presence through singing, Scripture and various expressions of personal and corporate prayer. So if you long for God in fresh and new ways, if you are spiritually hungry and want to know Him more, if you love prayer or if you are learning how to pray – come join us for a Fresh Encounter.
God calls us to pray for one another. Through prayer the Holy Spirit ministers His grace and power. If you would like to receive prayer for healing (spiritual, emotional, physical) or for guidance please contact Pastor Andrew. He along with other intercessors in our congregation would be pleased to arrange to meet with you.