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Soaking Prayer

What is “soaking prayer”?

Perhaps, like many things, it depends upon who you ask.

Ask 10 people, you may get 10 different answers.

So, what is meant by the term at the Church of the Mediator?

That answer is simple. It is time spent in personal prayer without distractions.

So once a week, we take one hour to come together in our sanctuary to spend time as a group in individual prayer.

There are no sermons. There are no teachers. We sit and spend time in the presence of God. That time may be spent in personal prayer. It may be spent in contemplation, or meditation. It may be spent in listening to, or being aware of, the Spirit.

Some folks may wish to use part of the time reading the Psalms, or the Scriptures, or sections from the Book of Common Prayer. Or some other spiritual book, such as The Imitation of Christ, or The Practice of the Presence of God. Others may wish to use the time silently reciting familiar prayers they know by heart. Some may wish to spend time petitioning for specific issues, such as health concerns, or family issues. Some may wish to do all of these things, and more.

We will provide some soft and soothing music. Bibles and the prayer book are available in the church. Everyone should feel free to sit, or kneel, or stand, or move quietly about. There is no right or wrong way to participate. Our goal is to devote one hour a week to taking time to immerse ourselves in the presence of God. That is one hour a week. One hour out of 168.

To paraphrase Jesus, “Can you watch one hour with me?”

We have often heard it said, that “prayer changes things”. Experience has taught the faithful that the first thing prayer changes is the people who take time to pray.

We invite you to take time each week to let prayer change you. We invite you to deepen your faith and walk with us in prayer. We invite you to devote just one hour each week in spending uninterrupted time in the presence of God.

Join us at the Church of the Mediator on Thursday evenings from 7-8 p.m.

501 NE Choloka Boulevard, Micanopy, Florida. “The red door church”! (Across the street from the Herlong Mansion).

Open to all. This is a non-denominational gathering.

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