A Time for Peace, Prayer, Reflection and You

Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor

I struggled a little with what to call this month’s column. How to Pray and Prayer: A User’s Manual were also in the running. Prayer is such a vital part of our faith walk with God. Yet, we so frequently view prayer as an expendable item on our daily to-do list. Maybe it’s because we view prayer as a nice-but-not-necessary task. Often we don’t pray because we feel we don’t know how. Like changing transmission fluid or washing windows on a skyscraper—prayer is better left to the experts.

Maybe these are a few questions you’ve thought: How do I get started? Is it selfish to ask God to bless my own life? With all the baggage I’m bringing with me, aren’t I a hypocrite if I go before God in prayer?

Trinity is expanding its offerings to our church members and the community on Wednesday evenings, beginning October 7. We’ll gather together for a meal at 6 p.m. Then, at 6:30, we’ll offer classes and activities for youth and adults while the Children’s Choir practices.

Everyone is so busy in Northern Virginia, we could all use a few minutes to slow down and breathe. I hope you’ll join me for a time of peace, prayer and reflection on Wednesday evenings. Whether you consider yourself a prayer warrior, or are new to prayer and are looking for some guidance and encouragement—all are welcome.

Night CAPS

(Confession, Assurance, Pardon and Silence)

6:30 p.m.


Trinity Sanctuary

following dinner in Langley Hall

Open hearts, open minds, open doors.



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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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