Pastoral care is a central expression of Christian community and Christian identity, flourishing outward from our Baptismal and Eucharistic life together. It is a vital dimension of our koinonia, or Christian fellowship. Pastoral care lies at the heart of who we are as followers of Jesus Christ: without pastoral care, we would hardly be a congregation.
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Download the Pastoral Care Resource guide as a .pdf.
Download The ABC's of Pastoral Care as a .pdf.
When Prayers are Needed
"How do I put someone on the Prayer List?"
This question is asked often, and the answer is, "It's simple!"
And it is simple. But there are options!
Option 1: Online Prayer List
Grace sends out a prayer list via email once or twice per week, compiled by Anne Kundtz, Marty Steyer, and Theresa Torseth with technical assistance from Patty Molloy. In addition to sharing the prayer requests which have been submitted, they thoughtfully add words from poems, scripture, and spiritually inspiring prose.
If you would like to request prayers for you or someone you know, please send a request to the writers of the Online Prayer List to [email protected].
If you would like to receive a twice-weekly prayer list email, click here to sign up.
In general, requests received by Tuesday will be published on Wednesday and requests received by Friday will be published on Saturday.
We encourage you to keep your request brief, no more than four sentences. We will include your full name as the person requesting prayers. We welcome requests for people both in and outside the Grace community. If requesting prayers for a person or persons other than yourself, please ask them for permission to add them to the prayer list.
Option 2: Sunday Prayer List
First names on the Grace online prayer list are also read aloud during Prayers of the People at both Sunday services. After three weeks, names for "long-term" prayers are printed in the Sunday bulletin, and will stay in the bulletin for as long as you wish.
If you have a "last-minute" request, you may send prayer requests for yourself or someone you know to Ruth Blaney, who maintains the Sunday Prayer List
Again, if you are requesting prayers for someone else, please ask them personally if they would like to be added to the Grace Prayer List before submitting your request.
Option 3: Pastoral Care Team Confidential Prayer List
You may send prayer requests for yourself or someone you know to any member of the Pastoral Care Leadership Team to be added to their confidential prayer list.
The Pastoral Care Leadership Team maintains a Confidential Prayer List for those who prefer not to be named more publicly online or at Sunday worship. This list is read monthly at Pastoral Care Team meetings, and may also be included in members' personal prayers. Current members of the Pastoral Care team are: Emily Chamberlain, Anne Huffington, Shannon Moore, Florrie Munat, Rhonda Peacock, and Jim Quitslund.
Image: Soichi Watanabe, For the Least of These
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Knitting into the Mystery
Sometimes, we all need some comfort. If you're sick, if you break something (even a little toe!), start a new job, move to a new home, have a new baby, or become a grandparent, a hand-knitted garment, in all its beauty, can become an outward physical sign of unseen prayers, offered by all of us.
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