Prayer at Rockport UMC


We believe that prayer is an important and powerful part of a Christian's life. Prayer is our fellowship with God...our time to voice our love, praise, doubts, fears and concerns to God and it is God's time to speak to us in the quietness of our prayers.

If you have struggled with prayer, or looking for new ways to pray, you will find links and suggestions on this page to help you grow in your prayer life. 

Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

Prayer helps

Pray the Examen:

It is always a good practice to take a look within ourselves, seek God's presence and discern God's direction for us. St. Ignatius of Loyola, in his Spiritual Exercises, urged that all be taught this particular practice which helps us find God in all things.

Learn more on this type of prayer at

The Upper Room

Pray through Giving:

David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk and author, says, “Abundance is not measured by what flows in, but by what flows over.” Generosity is prayer in action. Giving to another is a powerful thing. It creates relationships and extends our values into the world.

Learn more and find suggestion for this type of prayer at

The Upper Room

Praying through personalizing scripture:

As Teresa of Avila said, “Prayer is nothing more than an intimate conversation between friends.” God has begun a conversation with us in scripture. In prayer, we can participate in that conversation and continue it. Personalizing scripture can lead us into a new depth of conversation with God. Personalize scripture by adding your name to the passage as you read it.  As you seek to grow in your relationship with God, explore a new, more intimate way to be in conversation.

The Upper Room gives suggestions to help you get started. 

Praying the Psalms

The Psalms have been called the prayer book of the Bible for both Christians and Jewish traditions.  Written by many authors, these prayers/hymns have special relevance to our prayer life.  

No matter what you are feeling and experiencing,

the Psalms can guide us into God's presence. 

The authors teach us to hide nothing from God. No matter our situation, God's loving, patient presence is always with us.  As you grow in your relationship with God, you are invited to pray the Psalms.

The Upper Room gives suggestions to help you get started. 


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Love to knit? Have a desire to bring comfort to others?

Rockport's Prayer Shawl ministry meets weekly at various locations to knit, talk and pray together.  

The completed shawls are blessed and then offered to those experiencing crisis or change.

Outdoor Prayer Labyrinth

Open during daylight hours

There is a prayer labyrinth located on our property that overlooks the beautiful Rocky River Metroparks.  Open during daylight hours, all are welcome to come walk the labyrinth.  If you are planning a group experience and would like to use this labyrinth, please call the office to schedule.

What is a prayer labyrinth?


Different than a maze, a labyrinth has one path that leads to the center.  The same path leads back to the beginning.  There are no dead ends and therefore you cannot get lost on a labyrinth.  A labyrinth is a prayer tool that can bring forth metaphors to your spiritual journey.  As you move along the path you may find yourself noticing where you are in relation to the center. The twists and turns along the way may relate to life's twists and turns.  Many use this tool in various seek guidance, to find healing or even a space to find a sense of God's peace.  Learn more

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