Every week, Christ’s people at First Presbyterian Church join together to praise him and ask for his tender mercies on behalf of others. These are lifted up not only during worship services but also in our Sunday afternoon "Hour of Power" in Dunham Chapel at 5 pm each Sunday and also by elders and staff throughout the week.
If you have a praise or prayer request, please fill out a Prayer Card located in the pews or use the convenient form below. You may place it in the offering plate during worship services or in the Prayer Box located across from the Connection Center in our Sanctuary building. You may also email prayer requests to Jim Solomon or Laura Shaw and indicate whether or not you would like your request added to our weekly email received by dozens of prayer partners.
Just to the left of the elevator in the Sanctuary building, we have a wonderful Prayer Room staffed on Sundays following the 9 am service (usually about 10.15 am) with one or more pastors/elders along with others who are willing to intercede on your behalf.
For more information contact Jim.
Each Friday morning, praises and prayers are emailed to those who join us in asking God to intervene in the trials and triumphs of our people. If you would like to be added to the list of recipients, please contact Jim (email@example.com or 225.387.0617).
From Prayer Walks to Prayer Retreats, we continue to plan events that will allow our people to become all that we were created to be in the realm of our communication with God.
For more information, contact Jim or 225.387.0617.
Contemplative Prayer Group
Our Contemplative Prayer Hour resumes in the Sanctuary every other Monday, beginning November 16 at 10 am. This quiet hour features guided silent prayer based on the reading of Scripture as well as a brief reflection on the Sunday sermon. Leaders Katie and Ryan Forsthoff welcome all to this refreshing, centering hour before the Lord and his Word.
What is this contemplative prayer you ask? Well . . .
In 2017, we created this meeting to fill the desire most of us have to experience the presence of Jesus through prayer in deeper and more focused ways. We met in various homes around the city and saw beautiful things happen as we consistently guarded quiet space for people to meet with the Lord.
Now more than ever we need intentional injections of peace and truth in our lives! We invite you to join us in this sacred hour of prayer as we build on Senor Pastor Gerrit Dawson’s powerful Sunday sermons. We will enjoy exploring the momentum of Scripture and messaging we hear from the pulpit in quiet contemplation.
During our time together we will lead the group through a guided prayer time between you and the Lord. It will be a time of less talking and more listening and receiving from God. This will be a Holy Spirit led process that is between you and your savior. We merely hope to be quietly positioning you through prayer. There is no teaching or assignments given. Simply prayer.
The Basic Information
Every other Monday. Click the calendar button below to check which Mondays.
10 am to 11 am
First Presbyterian Sanctuary
Katie Forsthoff 404.518.9765
Adults only. We ask that you please make arrangements for your children to stay home.
This is NOT a closed group. If you feel led to bring a friend, please do. Although we will focus on Scripture and sermon theme, we welcome all of our friends from around the city! It will be very accessible and easy to follow.
There is no pressure or expectation of attendance. Come as frequently or infrequently as your life/schedule allows.
We are committed to following the Spirit’s lead as this group grows and develops - we are excited to see where/what that is! And we look forward to being drawn more deeply into HIS presence with you all!
View the church calendar link below to see if we meet this Monday.
Prayer Hour Testimonies:
When my mind would wander through my to-do list during my prayer time, I figured I just wasn’t “good at” prayer and there was nothing I could do about it. I have been so blessed to learn that having a healthy prayer life is much like learning any new skill – it takes time, guidance and practice. You aren’t “good at” it when you begin but our Father in heaven is delighted with our humblest offerings and pleased to reveal more and more of himself to us as we go forward. Beginning my week in quiet, contemplative prayer – listening to him instead of monologuing at him – gives me the peace and perspective that my heart so desperately craves.
In the middle of the noisy chaos that surrounds our world, the prophet Habakkuk (2:20) reminds us: “The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.” Paul reminds us that our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit within us" (1 Cor. 6:19). Times of contemplative prayer are so important in helping me turn down the noise of the world and the noise of my own thoughts and concerns. It places me (body mind and soul) before God in a posture of seeking his face, hearing his voice and not just echoes of the voices around and within me. “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation" (Psalm 62:1).
The thought that sprang to my mind was Psalm 46: 10 "Be still and know that I am God" Contemplative prayer provides the time, quiet, safe place, focus, guidance, encouragement . . . to be still and hear from God.