How to Request a Prayer
So that Stephen Ministers could better understand what types of prayers are available to them and their care receivers, the following information has been gathered from the leaders of Good Shepherd’s pastoral care ministries. We hope you find it useful. At Good Shepherd there are a number of different ways that we pray for people in need and they are managed by different ministries within the church:
According to our Ministry Handbook, this is a group of people dedicated to praying for individuals who are experiencing physical, spiritual or emotional problems. It is coordinated by our Pastoral Care Coordinator, Marilyn Pierce, who communicates new prayer requests to members of the Prayer Chain via email. Prayers can be initiated by phoning the church office, via email to the Pastoral Care Coordinator, or the form to the left. When requesting prayer for someone else, please make sure that you have the permission of the person for whom you are requesting prayer. State that clearly in your request and then state the nature of the prayer request. (i.e., John Doe requests prayers for successful cataract surgery that is scheduled for next Tuesday and for a quick recovery)
Sunday Prayers of the People:
Parishioners, friends and family can be added to the (intercessory) Prayers of the People list that is used in our weekly worship. It is also coordinated by our Pastoral Care Coordinator, and prayers can be initiated by calling the church office, sending an email to the Pastoral Care Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org), or entering the request in the Intercessory Prayer list, which is kept in a notebook in the narthex. Again, please make sure that you have the permission of the person for whom you are requesting prayer.
Daughters of the King (DOK) prayers:
There are cards in the pews for requests for prayer by DOK. These are taken up in the collection plate and given to the Pastoral Care Coordinator. She, in turn, emails DOK with all the information on the card. The names submitted to DOK do not appear in the Sunday Prayers of the People.
OSL (Order of Saint Luke the Physician) Prayers:
OSL conducts a weekly soaking prayer service every Tuesday night at 7:00 pm at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The service lasts about an hour with opening prayers, a short devotional, soaking prayer time for healing and closing prayers. Attendees write prayer requests on a card, which is what is used to focus prayers. As attendees pray quietly throughout the prayer time, each of three or four OSL prayer ministers reads the card, lays on hands and prays for the Holy Spirit to heal the attendee as requested on the card. Thus “soaking” the attendee with prayer for the duration of the service. On Thursdays at noon a Eucharist with healing prayer is offered at the church. A short Eucharist service followed by OSL members and others praying with laying on of hands for those who come forward to the altar rail after the service. Prayers are offered for attendees for specific healing as requested. Intensive healing prayer sessions are also available for specific healing of memories, spiritual renewal or physical healing upon request from individuals. Usually two or three prayer ministers join the requestor and using a variety of prayer methods, engage in intensive prayer with the requestor for their healing needs. These sessions are confidential, very powerful and deeply moving. They typically take an hour or two and usually there are two or three sessions. After these sessions, decisions are made as to effectiveness or need for professional counsel.
Finally, OSL hosts an annual healing conference each fall at a convention center at Lake Junaluska. A nationally known healing speaker presents a variety of seminars and healing activities along with time for intensive prayer team sessions over a two-day period. Attendees stay at the facility hotel with meals provided and engage in an intensive weekend of healing of mind, body and spirit with all in attendance.