PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
On Sunday mornings we set aside time to acknowledge specific prayers from our community. This is an opportunity for us to bring our whole self before God, as we acknowledge our raw neediness and affirm our trust that God will hear and receive our prayers. It also grounds us to each other as a specific group of people in a specific place with specific struggles. If you would like to submit a prayer request, please fill out the form HERE.
Each Sunday during communion we offer a time for intercessory prayer. You are invited to come forward and receive prayer from our prayer team, made up of Staff, Elders and other volunteers. These people are present to our community, as they listen to you, pray with you, and journey alongside you. You are welcome to come and receive prayer every week.
Really anything. But some good places to start would be our gratitude and our need.
We bring our gratitude. God is good, and we bless him and each other when we speak our gratitude. Our gratitude is the full circle of receiving good things from God. Our gratitude becomes joy when it is shared.
We bring our needs. As we share our needs, our grief, our pain, our frustration, our concern, we halve our burdens. We entrust it to our community and to God, to be heard, received, and delivered back with compassion, grace, wisdom and blessing.
We invite you to share your prayers of gratefulness and need with the community. If you have questions about how these prayers are used, you can see some frequently asked questions below.
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Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about prayer at Union Chapel:
Why incorporate Prayers of the People into the service?
Our desire as a church is to create a worship space where our community can bring their whole selves before God. The Prayers of the People is a place where our human neediness and fragility can be named before God in public worship in a way that acknowledges our rawness, yet affirms our profound trust that our prayers will be heard, received, and understood by God and ultimately delivered back as blessing. The Prayers of the People also bind us together as a community, as we share specific names, struggles, and thanksgiving together.
Why incorporate Intercessory Prayer into the service?
Intercessory prayer provides a place for us to share our hearts with another individual. Often this is the most natural response to hearing God's word. We want to create a space for you to receive prayer, for any reason, in worshipful response. Our intercessors are there to listen to you and to bring your prayer before God.
Can I remain anonymous?
That's a good question. We don't want to create a space for gossip, we want a place where people can be known. Known by God. Known by each other. Anonymity makes this impossible. If you wish to share a request specifically with the Staff and Elders, you can do that. Also, if you receive prayer on Sunday morning down front, you can rest assured that your request will be held in confidence.
Will my prayer request always be incorporated into Prayers of the People?
We will do our best to incorporate your request into our public prayer. We will reserve the right to adjust your wording for the sake of clarity, and brevity, and appropriateness. Also, keep in mind that a request submitted later in the week may not be incorporated into the prayer that same week.
If you have any questions about prayer in our community that aren't answered here,
you can always contact our Director of Prayer, Mary Jensen.