If you would like to be a pray-er on the prayer chain, please read the instructions below and then send the St Mark office an E-mail or call 360-491-2052.
You may always send an E-mail to the St Mark office at firstname.lastname@example.org from outside this website using your usual E-mail sending procedures. Be sure to show a Subject of “I want to be a Prayer Chain Member”.
Or you may use one of the following two procedures:
If you have a working Email program on your computer, you may click here, E-mail, to open it.
If you only use webmail (mail sent from inside your browser) you can use our Contact form at the top of our homepage or HERE. Be sure to show a subject of “I want to be a Prayer Chain Member”
You will be contacted soon – and thank you for helping with the prayer ministry of St. Mark!
Prayer chain etiquette:
It is obvious that the prayer chain is not a very private way of communicating. The names of individuals and their health or personal situations are described in some manner when the prayer request is sent out. It is no secret.
But it should still be as private as possible. Being prayed for by those on the prayer chain should not open one up for group discussion or unwanted questions. So, to clarify, here are a couple of important rules to keep in mind.
- Do not discuss the prayer requests that are sent out with other people.
- Unless you have a personal relationship with the people/person involved, do not initiate conversation about the prayers with them. Let them make the decision about with whom they want to discuss these personal matters.
- We try to keep the details minimal as not all facts need to be known to be able to lift them up in prayer. God knows who you are praying for!
Guidelines we try to follow:
- Verify that a person actually wants their request on the prayer chain. (Just because Lois thinks Millie should be prayed for does not mean Millie wants her name or situation publicized.)
- We use full names for St. Mark members or individuals who have specifically requested prayers for themselves or people close to them – otherwise we use first names only.
- We also try to clarify whether a person wants their prayer request included in the Prayers of the Church on Sunday morning. Generally, being on the prayer chain includes the Sunday prayers, but we try to remember to ask because occasionally there is a problem
In summary, all this is about being sensitive to each other and not overstepping boundaries, always a difficult task because my boundary is not necessarily your boundary – and how do I know? Let’s continue to be patient and loving with each other and err on the side of caution – and Grace.