FUMCFW Prayer Ministries offers many ways to get connected with our praying community. Recognizing that every person has unique gifts and callings, many of which emerge out of times of struggle and pain, we are here to encourage individual spiritual formation and disciplines that can become powerful influences on all aspects of the life-long faith journey.
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In addition to our other full services of worship, a simple yet full service of Holy Communion is offered each Sunday in our beautiful Leonard Memorial Chapel in a more contemplative style, including special music provided by various musicians.
The labyrinth is an ancient practice offering Christians a deep sense of the calming presence of God and an awareness of God’s grace. Information and guidance is offered to help you in this experience, if desired.
The labyrinth is a special prayer path the church has used for many centuries (ours is based on the one built in the 1200s at Chartres Cathedral in France). The practice of walking the labyrinth is designed to help deepen your awareness of God’s presence and guidance.
It is a time-honored and powerful way to slow down and prayerfully listen to heart and soul — and a practice being rediscovered in our fast-paced culture as a healing and life-giving prayer ritual. We invite you to join this re-emerging practice as a way to quiet your mind and soul, and to prayerfully listen for God’s guiding presence — and new life being born in you.
“The first time I saw the labyrinth, I didn’t take it very seriously,” says Mark Burrows, Director of Children’s Ministries. “In fact, my goal was to run the labyrinth in less than a minute. He laughs. “And that’s really hard to do in socks!”
“The second time I saw the labyrinth, I still didn’t take it seriously. The third time — same thing. The fourth time I thought, ‘Alright, Mark. You might as well just give it a chance. Slow down. Settle down. See what happens.’
“It was Ash Wednesday, 2010 — Wesley Hall. I had been in conversations with my buddy Cynthia McElrath about how it would feel if she passed the baton of Children’s Ministries on to me. I walked the labyrinth. In the center there were small tiles with words painted on them. The one I picked had one simple word — ‘yes.’ That was the answer I needed, even wanted, to hear. I actually sat there and cried in the middle of the labyrinth — in my socks.
“A lot of people say you walk the labyrinth in order to ‘lose yourself.’ What if you end up finding yourself? Slow down. Settle down. See what happens.”
We use The Upper Room® Daily Devotional Guide as our FUMCFW Daily Devotional. The Upper Room is a well-recognized resource and model of practical Christianity, accessible in varied formats to help people feel invited and welcomed into God’s presence each day.
Access to The Upper Room can be found below and on our Facebook page; however, you will need to subscribe directly through The Upper Room in order to receive your daily devotional in your email inbox. If you have questions or need assistance with your subscription, please let us know!
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13)
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