The Office of the Dean of Chapel
The Office of the Dean of Chapel exists to provide services and activities for students, faculty, staff, and administration in an ongoing effort to provide an atmosphere conducive to the development of intellectual, ethical, and spiritual, and service-oriented lives in the general Miles College community as well as the development of skilled spiritual leaders with strong moral and ethical grounding.
OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE, ENGAGEMENT AND CHAPEL
Larry Batie, M.Div., Dean/Vice-President
THE CALL TO PRAYER
(The college is summoned to pray.)
This call is for administrators, faculty, staff and students.
The Community and churches are welcome to join us in prayer.
Come and join those of us who are…
“Gathering In Contemplative Prayer”
“Gathering in Contemplative Prayer” will begin on
March 01, 2017 (Ash Wednesday) and culminate on April 14, 2017 (Good Friday).
Prayer groups will be organized among the administration, faculty, staff and students. Join a prayer group, or start your own prayer group during this period.
Each prayer group will have a group leader. The group leader will help to organize and motivate the group to meet at least once per week for group prayer. However, the group members may meet as often as they desire. All group members are encouraged to pray daily for each member of the group. Please include the college in your daily prayer.
Each group will determine where, when and how it will gather for prayer. Each group is asked to start on Ash Wednesday (March 01, 2017).
Each group should consist of at least four (4) individuals.
If you need assistance in helping to organize your prayer group, contact
Rev. Donald Smith at 929-1587/ 929-1517
This is a time for serious spiritual reflection.
If my people who bear my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my presence and turn from their wicked ways, then I will listen from heaven and forgive their sins and restore their country. 2Chronicles 7:14
“GATHERING IN CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER”
March 01, 2017 – April 14, 2017
Attached you will find areas listed that you and your prayer group may be interested in covering during your weekly meetings.
Additionally, you will find corresponding scripture based prayers to aid you during your prayer time.
Remember, this list is only intended to provide you with assistance in structuring your prayer time should you desire it. Therefore, strict adherence to it is not required.
Thank you for joining us as we seek to rediscover the power of God through prayer. Thank you for “Gathering in Contemplative Prayer”.
God Bless Your Group.
Prayer Bible Verses
1 Chronicles 16:11
2 Chronicles 6:21, 7:14
Psalm 4:1, 17:6, 102:17, 141:2, 145:18
Proverbs 15:8, 29
Matthew 5:44, 6:7-13, 7:11, 26:41
Luke 6:12, 11:2-4, 18:1
Romans 8:26, 12:2, 12
Ephesians 1:18, 6:18
1 Thessalonians 5:17
1Timothy 2:1-2, 8
James 1:7, 4:3, 5:13, 16
1 John 1:9, 5:14-16, 17:15
Determine in your heart to join us in prayer.
Prayer: (Ecclesiastical Term) Latin… precarious
a) A personal communication or petition addressed to a deity, esp. in the form of supplication, adoration, praise, contrition or thanksgiving.
b) Any form of spiritual communion with a deity. (Collins English Dictionary.. 12th Edition 2014)
Henri Nouwen wrote: “sometimes it seems as if the Christian community is so busy with its projects and plans that there is neither the time nor the mood to pray. But when prayer is no longer its primary concern, and when its many activities are no longer seen and experienced as part of prayer itself, the community quickly degenerates into a club with a common cause but no common vocation. (Reaching Out)
Prayer is the conscious, personal communication with the God of the Universe. You can pray anytime and anywhere.
1) Organize a group (at least 4 per group; pick a group leader), 2) Pick a time and place, 3) Identify the things or people that you desire to pray for (your focus may change each time you gather), and 4) give everyone in the group a chance to participate.
Pray for the … 1) Administration, faculty, staff and students at Miles, 2) Community, 3) Church, 4) Public Officials, 5) Needy and poor, 6) Youth, and 7) Peace in the World. You can expand your list.
“Consider Jacob’s ladder, for it is a true picture of the devout life. The two sides between which we climb upward and to which the rungs are fastened represent prayer, which calls down God’s love, and sacraments, which confer it. The rungs are the various degrees of charity by which we advance from virtue to virtue, either by descending by deeds of help and support for our neighbor or by contemplation ascending to a loving union with God.” (Francis de Sales: One True Devotion)