Centering Prayer, or silent prayer, invites us to intentionally place ourselves in the presence of God and his love. For 20 minutes we who are gathered choose a prayer word that helps us resist the distractions that plague us when we desire to be still and listen for God. Over time we learn to hear God’s voice guiding and loving us and to respond in ways that bring life and truth into our lives. If you want to know more, information sheets are on the table in the narthex, or contact Judy Parichy at 610-724-3591. The Centering Prayer group meets in the church on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 5:30-6:30.
About the Prayer Ministry
St. Mark’s Parish has two prayer lists that are maintained and updated regularly.
The list in the service bulletin is the Public List. Names are placed on this list by the person or family of those who are sick or troubled and first names are mentioned aloud during The Prayers of the People each Sunday and at other services during the week. No one is named without his/her express permission, and all remain on this prayer list for four weeks. If someone needs to remain longer, as is sometimes the case, please notify the prayer team. This list is updated weekly as needs are shared with the prayer team. Although names are shared publicly, the reason for prayer remains confidential.
The second list is a very Private List. A small group of Parishioners, appointed by the Rector, pray daily and privately as requested for people who are sick or experiencing difficult circumstances. At times, those removed from the Public List are added to this list for ongoing prayer support. Additions are made throughout the month and a revised list is sent out at the beginning of each month. This list of names, the needs of those for whom prayers are offered, and the list of parishioners who pray daily is kept in confidence to assure the privacy of all. Please don’t hesitate to call and share with the prayer team your own needs and/or the needs of those you love. To add a name to the prayer list or to ask any questions about the Prayer Ministry, please contact Debbie Dawsey-Davis at 843-812-8255 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Mark's Intercessory Prayer List
For the special needs and concerns of this congregation, especially Melissa Lee, Judy, Bonnie, Clydette, Cheryl, Katherine, George, Jonathan, Gary, Carl, John and Beth, Terry, Margaret, Bobby, Patty, Miles, Susan, David, Lee, Margaret, Mark, Cynthia, Jeanette, Ron, Paula, Judy, Charlie, Lyza, Evelyn, Kay, Sally, Paul, Steven and Andrea, Bill, Clair, Martin, Ken, Patti, Jamie, Jan, Marianne, Charles, Calvin, Lori, Johnny, Jonathan, Lynn, Ben and Fran, and for all those serving in the armed forces.
For the reconciliation of the churches of eastern South Carolina, especially Old St. Andrews in Charleston; for St. George’s in Summerville in our own diocese; and on the Anglican Cycle of Prayer for the Church of the Province of West Africa; for Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Skip, our Bishop; and all bishops and other ministers; and for all who serve God in God’s Church.
For those who hold authority and power in this world, especially Donald, our President, and our nationally-elected officials, that they may be informed and transformed by compassion, justice, and a desire for reconciliation. We pray for our Governor, Henry, and for our community: for Sam, Mayor of Port Royal, and for Billy, Mayor of Beaufort, as well as all local officials. We pray for all those who are serving in the armed forces.
For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.
For this community, the nation, and the world.
For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.
For the just and proper use of your creation. For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.
For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble. For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.
For the peace and unity of the Church of God;
For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.
For Michael. our Presiding Bishop, and Skip, our Bishop; and for all bishops and other ministers; For all who serve God in his Church.
1. For those who are incarcerated.
2. For Prosper Ndabishuriye – funding for a school and orphanage in Burundi
3. For John Dortch – creating “Hospitality House for the Homeless.” Needs funding
4. For Kairos Prison Ministry
Prayers and Thanksgivings from the Book of Common Prayer