We communicate with friends and family to have good relationships and each other better. A similar level of communication - through prayer - is vital to a strong, rewarding relationship with God. Prayer can be spoken, sung, written, or offered silently. We pray alone and in groups. God is available to us 24/7, and wants to hear our prayers.
Prayer is central to the St. Andrew's faith community. We offer to pray for and with each other under many circumstances - in joy, sorrow, waiting, hoping.
Prayer Room The prayer room, which sits alongside the sanctuary, is available for individuals or small groups who want to gather in a sacred space to pray. On the bookshelves are books of prayers for your use. During communion, those who wish to be prayed with can meet in the room with members of the St. Andrew's prayer team.
Some members of our congregation have a contemplative practice called "centering prayer." It is a way of praying that is meditative and incorporates disciplined listening for God. There are books in the church library on Centering Prayer, or you can ask Amy Houchen (503 245-3494 or firstname.lastname@example.org) about it.
Each week in worship, the ushers gather prayer cards during the first hymn. Prayer cards are available in the pew racks. These prayer requests are announced in worship, if confidentiality is not requested. They are also listed in our monthly newsletter, The Crossroads. It is a priviledge for us to share our burdens, worries, joys and life milestones.
Healing Prayer after Communion
All are invited for a time of healing prayer, if desired, after taking communion on the first Sunday of the month. A special team of caring members is available to meet with individuals who have concerns and wish for prayer. Your desire for privacy and confidentiality will be honored.