photo of man kneeling in prayerNUMC is a congregation that prays—individually, together, for others, and for one another. To undergird corporate prayer, each week a small group comes to our facility and prays over those issues and sentiments noted during worship by congregants. There is also an email prayer chain within the life of our church that effectively enables those who want to be on the chain to pray about specific issues or people.

photo of the SonSpirit prayer crossOur traditional worship services always include corporate prayers and The Lord’s Prayer, in addition to time for reflection and personal prayer during the prelude (musical beginning to the service) and postlude (musical ending).

During our praise services (SonSpirit), prayer is a particular focus, as those gathered may come and place a written prayer* on the cross each week to be prayed over by the prayer group during the week.

Prayer also takes the form of contemplation or reflection. During our contemplative worship services (Taizé), there is ample time to sit quietly and commune with God. At a certain time in these services, one may also privately pray and share one-on-one with one of the pastors or one of our Stephen Ministers.

*Note: Prayers are sometimes personal to the degree that the one writing the prayer may not want others to read it; in these cases, the prayer group will pray in general over the piece of paper without reading it. Those prayers written on folded slips of paper marked “open” on the outside will be prayed over specifically.