Our Prayer Ministry at Ascension is comprised of several components that involve different types of prayer opportunities including the following.
We encourage everyone to be “devoted to prayer” daily, as we pray for “the church, the world, and all those in need.” As you pray for your family and friends, remember to pray for our congregation (staff, members, ministries, school, foundation), community, country, creation, government and the nations of the world (for life, justice, peace and health for all). Also please pray for our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), for our presiding Bishop Mark Hanson and our synod Bishop Dean Nelson (Southwest CA Synod), and for the work of the whole church on earth. In addition to those prayers you are invited to daily pray five of the Psalms (Jesus’ prayerbook!) and that way pray through the whole book of Psalms each month! If you would like to pray as you walk, we have the labyrinth on the east side of the sanctuary and occasionally we will schedule prayer walks in and around our neighborhood.
“Word Pray Heal” is our Service of the Word for Healing. This service is held in the prayer chapel on the fourth Monday of the month, both at 11 AM and 7 PM on selected months. Call the church office for times. (The prayer chapel entrance is on the patio near the west entrance of the sanctuary.) During this service there is a short teaching from the Bible (Word) on prayer and healing. Petition prayers are prayed that are personal or intercessory (for another person). The service ends with anointing of oil and laying on of hands for those who want to be prayed for. This is a Spirit-filled time of listening to God’s Word, speaking with God, reflection, meditation and prayers for specific needs.
We have a strong Prayer Tree of people willing and wanting to pray for the needs of others. (They communicate with each other by email.)
At each Saturday/Sunday worship service, in the sanctuary, you see a Blue Card in the pew rack. By filling out a Blue Card you will find choices of:
being prayed for that Sunday only;
authorizing placement of your prayer request in the Prayer Focus list in the weekly bulletin;
requesting your prayer to be on the Prayer Tree;
giving an update on prayer already being prayed;
writing a message to the pastors on the back of the card.
Devoted through the Year – Yearly Events
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25
The Lenten Season with a special focus on prayer and study
National Day of Prayer – the first Thursday in May
Memorial Day weekend – the end of May
July 4th – special prayers for our country
Early September – Celebration of Ministries at Ascension
Blessing of the Animals – the first Sunday afternoon in October at 5:30
Thanksgiving Eve worship service, 7:15 p.m.
Advent – a season of prayer and preparation
With Jesus’ first disciples, we ask, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1) and guide us by your Holy Spirit to be devoted to prayer!