At Cedar Ridge, the practice of prayer is central to all that we do. Our goals of spiritual growth, authentic community, and servanthood all depend on close communication and communion with God.
The Bible exhorts us to pray without ceasing, to pray continuously, and to pray in all circumstances, which indicates that prayer is more than specific words or techniques. Prayer is about nurturing a relationship with our loving Creator, and it can take many forms and look different for different people at different times.
Prayer is a way of life, and we support one another in living this life to the full. We encourage contemplative practices like solitude and silence, and every Sunday during our time of communion we offer prayer stations around the sanctuary where we can pray with one another, write out prayers, light candles, and experience practices that engage our bodies and senses in prayer.
Encircling our 63 acres of property is a prayer walk open to the public with stops along the way for reflection and contemplation suitable for adults, youth, and children. The first stop on the walk is a built-in prayer labyrinth dedicated to our founding pastor Brian McLaren and his family.
Behind the scenes, we have a Prayer and Healing team that maintains a spiritual support system for our congregation, especially those in need of help and healing. The team provides companionship and prayer in troubled times and also offers programs and practices that help the entire congregation grow in prayer. Our Care Circle sends cards and flowers and regularly prays for those in need, and the Congregational Care group offers personal help and services to Cedar Ridge attenders facing difficult times.
Join us on our prayer journey as we seek to “remain in” Jesus, who told his followers: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (You can download a description of some helpful prayer practices here.)