A Time to Care
If you are in need of prayer or pastoral care, please know that you may call the church office (235.0496) and ask for the Pastor of the day.
We encourage each of you to also be on the lookout for those who are hurting and frightened at the prospects of the future and offer your love and support.
We are all in this together, and we are now presented with an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ both to one another and to the world.
Pastor Stan Johnson
Prayer for a Pandemic by Cameron Bellm
May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
First Presbyterian is a House of Prayer that prays diligently, fervently, and expectantly for our members, visitors, the downtown community, and missions locally and around the world.
To Receive Prayer
There are a number of ways to receive individual prayer at First Pres.
• Meet with one of the Elders for prayer on Sunday mornings after the services.
• Fill out a Prayer Request form, located in the literature racks and pew racks.
• Schedule a private appointment with a Prayer Minister by calling 672.1848.
• Attend the Tuesday Night Prayer Service offered every Tuesday at 7:00pm in Harper Prayer Chapel.
• Fill out and return the prayer card you receive in the mail.
• Leave a prayer request on our Prayer Line at 672.1838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Contact Congregational Care at 672.0327 or email@example.com.
Different areas are available for anyone who would like to serve in the Prayer Ministry.
• Become a Prayer Minister for the Tuesday Evening Healing Prayer Service.
• Join the Prayer Room Team and spend an hour or two each week in prayer for requests that are submitted.
• Join the Prayer Card Team and send prayer cards by mail to members of the congregation each month.
• Join the Prayer Card Team for College Students and send prayer cards to college students three times a year.
If you are interested in being a part of the Prayer Ministry or would like more information, please call Stan
Johnson at 672.0334 or Tammy Burkhalter at 672.0327
40 Days of Prayer
During the season of Lent our congregation participates in 40 days of prayer. A prayer journal is provided to the congregation and includes personal prayers, along with a place for you to name specific prayer requests for First Pres, yourself, your family, or others. Our Prayer Journal is loosely modeled after the Pittsburgh Experiment to enable "people to open their lives to God so He can make Himself known. It also serves as a tool of discipline and focus in seeking God's guidance and direction." In each journal you will find an explanation of the steps to follow, the significance of 40 days, and how to pray, along with several different types of fasting to follow over the 40 day period. Previous years' journals are available to download below.
2019 Prayer Journal 2018 Prayer Journal 2017 Prayer Journal Psalms Prayer Journal Love Prayer Journal
Recommended Books on Prayer
A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers by DA Carson
Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home by Richard J. Foster
Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy With God by Tim Keller
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller
With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray
Hearing God by Dallas Willard
Tuesday Evening Prayer Service - Prayer & Praise
The Prayer & Praise Service is held each Tuesday at 7:00pm in Harper Prayer Chapel. This service includes a time of worship and praise led by the Music & Worship Arts staff, the sacrament of communion, and prayers for healing. You are invited to come and receive God's love, peace, hope, and healing through prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit.
Our Prayer Room (Room 310) is a beautiful place, blessed and set apart for prayer. Responding to the call of God, each intercessor on the Prayer Room Team spends one to two hours a week praying for our congregation, our staff, and our missionaries. Each one has been trained and has taken a vow of confidentiality. Prayer requests are received through Prayer Request forms located in the literature and pew racks. The forms can be placed in the offering plate or the Prayer Request Boxes located throughout the church. Requests may also be called in to our 24-hour prayer line,
Elder Prayer After Services
Members of the Prayer Team are available to pray with you Sunday mornings after each service.
Prayer Card Team
The Prayer Card Team intercedes for every family in our congregation for one week during the year. A card is sent to notify members prior to the week the team prays for a family. They usually have no specific knowledge of need or requests, but will be praying for blessing and guidance for your family for that entire week.
The Prayer Card Team for College Students intercedes for students throughout the school year, and contacts them using preprinted postcards three times during the year.