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A VISION OF A PRAYING CHURCH

Praying in spirit of seeking to know God and humble ourselves before Him

All “cells” have prayer time and focus

Many members in prayer partnerships and small group prayer teams; many keep and some share Prayer Journals

Private, individual prayer time covenants

8:30 service has prayer focus monthly, with segments in “conversational prayer,” using the Lord’s Prayer as a “prayer pattern,” praying a Psalm, and praying hymns

Besides Prayer Requests, worshippers invited to offer brief individual prayers aloud

Longer periods of silent prayer, with people invited to pray at the altar

Invitation to meet to pray half hour before service

Prayer workshops offered as part of Sunday School classes and Committee meetings, modeling and practicing different kinds of prayer (intercession, praise, centering, etc.)

“40 Days of Prayer” at Lent

Prayer Retreats

Prayer for and in each ministry, from Trustees to nursery

Prayer with and for each newcomer

Prayer requests list in Herald/bulletin

Prayer chains and Electronic [e-mail] Prayer Chains

Prayer Resources section on church web home page

Prayer at Sites of Social Justice Concerns

Ecumenical prayer times with other churches

Prayer ministries to other churches to model/teach prayer “structures”

Prayer changes things; prayer changes the one who prays.

The Church moves forward on her members’ knees.


IN-SITES FOR PRAYER HELPS

I WANT TO PRAY

METHODISTS UNITED IN PRAYER

RESOURCES FOR REVIVAL ON THE WEB from METHODISTS UNITED IN PRAYER

NATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER

CENTERING PRAYER

GOOD NEWS: THE E-ZINE FOR UNITED METHODISTS

THE UPPER ROOM DAILY DEVOTIONAL

THE UPPER ROOM LIVING PRAYER CENTER

THE UPPER ROOM PRAYER WORKSHOP

DRY BONES

THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OFFICIAL WEB SITE

ANGLICANS ONLINE

UNOFFICIAL UMC PAGE

SERMONS AND SERMON-LECTIONARY RESOURCES

CHAD OSBORNE

ozpk@massed.net
WORCESTER STATE COLLEGE, MA 01602-2597

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