Church Offers Prayer Services to Help Heal The Hate

GERMANTOWN, Tenn ( - Amidst the violence and rhetoric, a lot of people are finding it hard to deal with what's unfolding at both the national and local level.

 Right here in the Mid-South one local pastor is planning new prayer services to help heal the hate.

"I'll most likely begin with some type of inspirational reflection from a thinker or a theologian," said Reverend Monica Weber.

Local 24 met Weber inside Schaeffer Memorial Chapel off Poplar Avenue in Germantown. 

She is currently preparing to help wounds with local prayer. She said she will most likely begin services with a reading from the Gospel of John.


She read the verse she's planning to use.

"'Jesus said, 'This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.'"

Weber said the verse is the base of her faith.

Starting Wednesday, August 23rd Weber and Epiphany Luther Church will offer centering prayer services twice a week. They will be open to anyone in need.

"We're going to listening for God's voice instead of giving him a laundry list of what we want," she said. "I think this is the perfect time because when you sit in silence and think about what's in your heart you tend to come away feeling refreshed, feeling invigorated but also much more tolerant of  differences that are existing in this world."

The 30-minute program was planned well in advance of the violence in Charlottesville Virginia last weekend and the renewed divide right here in Memphis.

Weber said now might be the perfect time for people to walk through the chapel doors.

"My heart hurts for all the hatred that people are demonstrating for each other. It's not the way we're supposed to behave and it's frightening also because of the violence and the death. this is not who we are as a nation.

Centering on contemplative prayer is an ancient Christian practice with the intention to withdraw from the world's chaos for a few moments, according to Epiphany Lutheran Church.

The Center Prayer gathering will be held every Wednesday at noon and every Sunday at 5 p.m.

In the Shaeffer Memorial Chapel located on the campus of Kingsway Christian Church at 7887 Poplar Avenue in Germantown.

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