Care Ministries

Pastoral Care

If you are in need of care or prayer or would like to request a hospital visit, please complete the Connection Card on Sunday morning or contact the church office. If you call after office hours, you may leave a confidential voicemail message using the extensions in the sidebar.

Through the Sacrament of Holy Communion, God’s gifts of grace, forgiveness, and new life are brought to those who cannot attend worship due to health or other circumstances. Each month the pastoral care team brings Communion to members in care facilities or hospitals, or those unable to leave their own homes.

Prayer

Daily prayer is an intentional and meaningful way to strengthen and nurture our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is our daily conversation with God. Through prayer, both individually and as a faith community, we open ourselves to the guidance, wisdom, and power of the Holy Spirit. Prayers also bring comfort during life’s challenges and gratitude for blessings received. Augustana offers the following opportunities to shape and encourage your prayer life.

Faith Community Prayer

Faith Community Prayer is available at Augustana in two ways:

    • Intercessory Prayer Team (The Weavers) confidentially pray for the needs of others. To request prayer support, call the church office at 651.457.3373 or email prayers@augustana.com.
    • Weekly prayers of the church are offered during worship services each Sunday. Prayer petitions may include prayers for healing, celebration, sorrow, congregational partners, local mission partners, and current events.

Prayer Chapel

Prayer Chapel is a dedicated quiet space is for individual and small group meditation. Prayer books and other resources are available. Sacred space is created with an altar, hand-carved trifold depicting the 12 apostles and lots of natural light. The room is available during church office hours.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer, we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Brochures are available in the Prayer Chapel or you are invited to experience a group Centering Prayer practice, which meets most Monday mornings. Call the church office at 651.457.3373 for a detailed schedule.

Labyrinth & Healing Garden

Augustana’s Labyrinth and Healing Garden are located in the wooded area on Augustana’s south lawn. The Labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool used for walking meditation/prayer. It is a way to quiet our minds, center our thoughts, and shut out the distractions of our busy lives. You are encouraged to follow the path to the center, letting go of daily struggles, worries, and fears as you walk. Some who walk the Labyrinth find joy, others discover comfort from grief or relief from stress, while others use it as a prayer tool to communicate with God.

The Healing Garden is a unique environment of beauty, silence, and serenity that nurtures the body, mind, and spirit. It is a place to think, pray, grieve, hope, give thanks, and to remember.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry combines the love of knitting and crocheting with prayer and outreach. With every stitch, the shawl maker weaves prayers and blessings until the shawl is completed. Shawls are delivered to members in the hospital or anyone experiencing a life challenge. For information or tips, patterns, and instructions, visitshawlministry.com. To get involved or request a prayer shawl for someone, contact Joann Arneberg, Faith Community Nurse, 651.457.3373 or jarneberg@augustana.com.

National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer is an annual day is observed on the first Thursday in May. Americans are encouraged to give thanks and to turn to God in prayer and peaceful meditation. The Prayer Chapel is available from 1:00–7:00 pm to pray for our country, elected officials, children, schools, churches, families, and other concerns. Members are encouraged to sign up for a 15-minute time period throughout the day.

Pastoral Care Contact Info

Church Office
651.457.3373

If you call after office hours, you may leave a confidential voicemail message using the following extensions:

Submit Prayer Request

Submit your confidential prayer request to the Augustana Prayer Ministry at prayers@augustana.com.