Praying in Church
They say that you can pray anywhere, and I am sure that is true. But some times, I just feel like I need to pray in church. Especially during this time of separation, I miss being able to meet together in our sanctuary for prayer. In part, I am sure that I miss the fellowship of the friendly faces that I meet. But I also miss the sacred space of our sanctuary.
I have a special feeling about spaces that have been set aside and dedicated to prayer. Maybe that is why I related so well to a verse from the Psalms: “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness” (Psalm 84:10).
During these days in which we are not gathering together for in-person worship, we still can open our church for individual prayer. As an experiment, we would like to organize a one-day prayer vigil in our sanctuary at Scottsville UMC. Here are a few of how you can be part of this vigil:
Our one-day vigil will be held on Monday, July 27, from 9 am to 9 pm.
We invite you to sign up for an hour of prayer. You can contact Staci in the Church Office to sign up for a time.
We will observe the guidelines for small groups that have been approved by your Administrative Council. Those guidelines are printed separately in this newsletter.
In particular, we ask that you use the sanitizing wipes (available in the sanctuary) to clean the areas in which you will be praying, both before and after use.
We want to encourage people to pray in our sanctuary. But if you are not able or comfortable doing so, you also can sign up to pray from home.
If you would like more information, please contact Sandy Shongo at 434-996-7200 or Staci Hainsworth in the church office at 434-286-4736.
Members of Mt. Zion UMC are welcome to participate, as well. We hope, however, to organize a similar vigil day in the near future to be held in Mt. Zion Church.
Our prayer is that you will find this prayer vigil to offer a meaningful way to open yourself to God’s presence in your life.
Grace and peace,