Prayer Countdown.Posted: February 6, 2012
A Message From Emily Dolan and the Prayer Team:
You’ve probably noticed over the last few months that things are a little different at the end of the service. After the benediction, there is a 5-minute countdown and then the lights in the chapel are lowered and people are asked to move their conversations into the café.
I’m not a huge fan of change so whenever something is different I usually ask two questions: “why?” and “what does this mean for me?” Particularly in this situation, those are important questions to ask so I am going to do my best to answer them.
Why are people being asked to move out of the chapel and into the café after the service?
There are two really simple answers to that question: because fellowship is important and because prayer is important. Yet even though they are both important, it is hard to have them exist in the same space. So our hope is that people who want fellowship can enjoy coffee, snacks, and conversation in the café while people who want prayer can find a quiet space and prayer ministers in the chapel. It also gives the prayer ministers a place to pray for the prayer requests from the service.
What does this mean for me?
If you want to pray by yourself or with a prayer minister, stay in the chapel. There should be at least two prayer ministers in the front and several other prayer ministers standing around the communion table praying through the prayer requests. If the prayer ministers at the front are busy, feel free to ask the prayer ministers around the communion table to pray for you.
This doesn’t mean that the chapel is under “prayer lockdown” and everyone has to leave and stay out. It just means that as you come and go in the chapel, please be respectful of the people receiving prayer by keeping other conversations to a minimum.
Also, the prayer team has a new e-mail address so if you would like to contact the team with questions, prayer requests, or reports of answered prayer, e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org