Prayer is the foundation of life at Westminster. God created all of us to live in a loving relationship with Him. Speaking and hearing, communicating and loving, are at the very heart of God. At Westminster, we encourage everyone to pray corporately in worship and activities, as well as individually throughout daily life. To support this conviction we offer special prayer opportunities.
Weekly Prayer Group
Every Monday at 1:30 pm, a small group gathers for an hour to pray for all those from our congregation and those beyond our walls in need of healing and hope. Members do not need to be comfortable praying out loud, nor do they have to commit to weekly attendance. This group is currently not meeting.
The Westminster Prayer Chain unites all who are willing to pray for our members, friends, and anyone in need. Prayer requests may be emailed to Pastor Dan Voigt at [email protected] or to Office Manager Jodi Dieken at [email protected] If you are not presently on the email Westminster Prayer Chain as a praying participant, please send your request to be added to one of the email addresses listed above. If you have a prayer request but don’t have e-mail, please contact the church office at 234-5501.
The Labyrinth is part of the ancient tradition of “walking one’s prayers.” The most famous Labyrinth remaining today is at Chartres Cathedral near Paris. The Westminster Labyrinth is an inlaid tile labyrinth with a modified Chartres design with eastern orientation.
A labyrinth is walked/prayed in three stages:
Releasing: You begin your walk by shedding the details of your life, ridding yourself of distractions, opening your heart and quieting your mind.
Receiving: As you walk toward the center, you will open your mind and heart to the Holy Spirit. As concerns or thoughts arrive, pause and offer them to God. When you arrive at the center (the Rosette), you can kneel at the cross, sit in a chair or stand as long as you desire.
Returning: As you follow the path back to the beginning, allow yourself to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to claim the insight, strength and comfort you have received.