Prayer Chaplains are a dedicated group of congregants committed to holding the high watch for our community. To qualify to serve as a Prayer Chaplain, they must have completed the chaplain course and attend an annual weekend retreat where they review how to pray and support those in need of prayer. After completing the weekend retreat, they commit themselves to serving their spiritual community for one year by being available to provide prayer support on a rotating basis on Sunday mornings and through phone or e-mail support.
What is a Prayer Chaplain?
A Prayer Chaplain is someone who can pray with you. Jesus said, “Whenever two or more are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” When two people come together in prayer, a “third” presence is there, that is, the presence of the Holy Spirit or the active principle of God. This is where the consciousness of possibility exists.
A Prayer Chaplain is someone who can create and hold sacred space with you. To hold sacred space means to embrace a consciousness of possibility. God is greater than any outward situation or condition we may experience. A Prayer Chaplain helps one to open this space through prayer.
A Prayer Chaplain is someone who can listen to you and hold what is heard in confidence. Rest assured that whatever is said to a prayer chaplain, stays with a prayer chaplain.
How do Prayer Chaplains serve?
On Sunday – Prayer Chaplains are available to pray with you following the Sunday services in the sanctuary or at any time. You can fill out a prayer request at the church and know that our chaplains will hold you and your request in prayer and loving kindness.
At the Hospital – Prayer Chaplains make hospital visits. If you are in the hospital or know you are going to be hospitalized, please contact the church office and a chaplain or minister will be happy to offer prayer support through a call or visit.
Over the Phone – Prayer Chaplains make prayer calls. All members have the option of having a personal chaplain. Your prayer chaplain will phone you once a month to offer prayer support. Of course, if you need prayer at other times, you may contact the church office and a prayer chaplain will contact you.
How to Contact a Prayer Chaplain
Unity of Sarasota currently offers four different ways in which you can access prayer support. A minister or prayer chaplain will contact you.
- Contact the church office at 941-955-3301, Extension 123 or 122.
- Email the church. A minister or prayer chaplain will return your call or email.
- Fill out a prayer request form and place it in the box located in the Foyer or drop it in the offering basket or submit a prayer request online.
- Meet a prayer chaplain in the front of the sanctuary after the Sunday service.
Practice the Presence of God as you would practice music. Emilie Cady
Let God Speak
The second and equally important step in affirmative prayer is to invite the presence of God within you to speak the Word. It isn’t you who is doing the praying – it is the spirit of God within you who prays. It’s surrendering to your higher Self and giving it Voice. Besides, if you think it is you who is doing the praying and a healing takes place, there will be no containing the ego. On the other hand, if you think it is you who is praying and a healing doesn’t take place, the ego will deem you a failure.
Pray affirmatively and let go. Only God can see around the corner and up ahead. Give your prayers over without attachment.
I slept and dreamt that life was joy,
I awoke and saw that life was service,
I acted and behold service was joy.
Silent Unity, the worldwide prayer ministry of Unity, has been praying with people seeking spiritual support for 125 years. The 24/7 prayer ministry—which responds to prayer requests via telephone, postal mail, online, or via the uPray free mobile app—serves people of all faiths from all parts of the world.
Silent Unity prays affirmatively, believing that God is everywhere present and active in and through all lives, and serves with sensitivity, compassion, and confidentiality. From the moment a prayer request is received, the sender is lovingly enfolded in prayer. After a response has been provided, the prayer request is placed in the Silent Unity Prayer Vigil Chapel, where prayer is continuous, for 30 days.
In the sacred space of the Prayer Vigil Chapel, located beneath the light beaming from the cupola of the Silent Unity Building at Unity Village, all prayer requests are enfolded in prayer. Here someone is praying 24 hours a day—praying as a kindred spirit, in a consciousness of oneness with God.
Every prayer request is held sacred and confidential and receives the same loving attention, regardless of donation or ability to donate. No matter how you contact Silent Unity, you will first receive personalized prayer and then a letter of support.