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Prayer

At Christ Church, prayer is foundational to the mission and vision for our church, ministries, and local communities. We believe prayer is an ongoing conversation with God that shouldn’t depend on how “spiritual” or connected you’re feeling, or how long you’ve been talking to God. Through prayers of lamentation and praise, repentance, intercession and longing, the Bible gives us many models for prayer, no matter our emotions.

We at Christ Church use a range of prayer practices together and individually. We will pray for you, and we invite you to pray with us for our congregation, our neighbors, communities and our country.

  • We pray together during corporate worship on Sundays and through weekly morning prayer.
  • We practice listening to God at Saturday gatherings every other month.
  • Many of us also use the Book of Common Prayer and Daily Office during personal time with God each each day.

Request Prayer

To submit a confidential prayer request, email deacons@christchurcheastbay.org or complete one of the pew cards available during Sunday worship services. Deacons are also available for prayer during or after services.

Weekly Prayer

Join the Christ Church staff for prayer based on the simple structure of The Book of Common Prayer. Prayer lasts for 30 minutes; we begin and end promptly. Feel free to leave as needed or stay around for conversation.

Listening Prayer Ministry

In Jeremiah 29, God promises to reveal himself to those who earnestly seek him. But what does that look like? How does the living God who inspired an ancient text speak to his children today? Listening prayer is a way to practice stepping away from the noise of everyday life and waiting for God to speak. This scripturally based discipline provides a rich way to deepen your relationship with God and walk in the freedom and truth He has for our lives.

Monthly Gatherings

Every other month, we gather in Berkeley or Oakland to practice personal contemplation and praying for others. These Saturday sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon and often involve a potluck breakfast. Email listeningprayer@christchurcheastbay.org to learn more.

Annual Lenten Retreat

During this half-day, in-town retreat we study the biblical basis for listening prayer, through which God can draw us into deeper intimacy with him and bring healing to emotional and spiritual wounds. Attendees learn a simple process for listening prayer, and take time to practice personal contemplation and praying for others.

Book of Common Prayer

At Christ Church, we make use of the Book of Common Prayer for both individual and group prayer sessions, usually as part of the Daily Office. The Book of Common prayer contains prayers meant for specific times and situations.