Opportunities to Receive Prayer
At CCC we aim to undergird and support one another through prayer, which we ALL need! If you or a loved one has a need, there are many opportunities to receive prayer. We pray as the Bible teaches, in the Name of Jesus, and we strive to be led by the Holy Spirit to pray what He wants prayed ("according to the will of God") for each situation.
As 1 John 5:14-15 says, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him." (NIV)
Please know that all prayer requests are treated with utmost confidentiality, unless you request that your need be shared so that others can join in praying for you need.
Sunday Service Prayer Teams
Immediately after the close of the Sunday service, trained prayer teams of two persons each take their positions at the front of the sanctuary. You may go to any team to request prayer for yourself or for a loved one, for such things as physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual healing; for employment, financial or relational issues; for the Lord's specific guidance in an area where you need clarity, etc. If you permit, they will gently lay hands on you (usually on shoulders or arms) and/or anoint you with a dab of oil on your forehead. If you choose to forego the laying on of hands and/or anointing with oil, they will still be glad to pray for you. We always want you to be comfortable with what's happening.
| (Laying hands on the sick was a common practice in the Early Church. Jesus often laid hands on people before healing them (Mark 6:5; Luke 4:40; 13:13). Paul laid hands on a sick person and he was healed (Acts 28:8). Jesus said concerning His followers, "they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well" (Mark 16:18).
Anointing with oil for many different purposes was commonly practiced throughout the Scriptures. The New Testament mentions it specifically in connection with praying for the sick. On one occasion Jesus sent out the twelve disciples on a mission; they "anointed many sick people with oil and healed them" (Mark 6:13). In a congregational situation, the usual procedure is for a sick Christian to call for the elders of the church to pray over him and to anoint him with oil (James 5:14-16).
In biblical times oil was commonly used as a healing agent (Luke 10:34). But when used by the early Christians for anointing purposes it was merely a symbolic reminder to God’s healing power. Today as then, the anointing oil itself has no healing power. Healing takes place by the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38), of whom oil is a symbol (Zechariah 4:4-6).
~ Quoted from http://ag.org/top/Beliefs/topics/gendoct_12_sick.cfm )
"Have Prayer, Will Travel"
Our healing prayer ministry will travel to your home to pray for you. Call the church office or speak to Pastor Jim or Elder Charles Beach to make an appointment.
Prayer Chain for Emergency Prayer Needs
In case of an emergency requiring time-sensitive prayer, please call our prayer chain Coordinator, Jimmie Lynn Danaher. Her phone number is on the back of the Sunday bulletin.
Monthly Sunday Service Prayer Time
About once a month, Pastor Jim asks us to fill out one of the "Prayer Request" cards in the pew before our time of prayer. (The back of the card is for Thanksgiving Report(s), for sharing answers to previous prayers so we can all rejoice and thank God together; it also help to build everyone's faith!)
At prayer time, he encourages us to get up and find another person with whom to exchange prayer request cards, and then to use the information on the cards to pray for each other's need(s) listed on the card.
The pastor and the elders usually stand at the front of the sanctuary, ready to pray with those who might prefer to pray with them instead of finding another person in the congregation with whom to pray.
If you are stil not comfortable with either of of those options, Pastor Jim encourages you to sit right where you are and pray quietly for your own prayer need.
We celebrate monthly Communion at CCC. When it is time to receive the bread & "wine" (grape juice), every other month we alternate how we do it:
1) One month we remain seated and the deacons serve the communion elements to us in the pews.
2) The next month, we walk up to the front of the sanctuary to receive the communion elements. Immediately after receiving Communion, each person has the option of going to one of the "Anointers" stationed on either side of the front of the sanctuary. They will anoint you with a dab of oil on your forehead and pray a breif belssing over you. (This is not the time for extended prayer ministry; the prayer teams will still be available after the service to minister in that way.)
"Ad hoc", Spontaneous Prayer for One Another
In conversations with one another, even when we're just getting to know one another, an issue of need often comes up. (Sometimes we don't even realize the extent of the need or how it's weighing us down until we are sharing about it with someone who cares.)
In cases like that, many of us will spontaneously offer to pray for you and/or the situation requiring prayer. Don't hestitate to ask for prayer or to accept someone's offer to pray for you right there, "on the spot". You'd be surprised how the Lord can work though a simple, spontaneous, heartfelt prayer. It doesn't take a lot of time, it invites the Lord into your situation, and it helps to knit us all together as we learn to bear one another's burdens.