What’s right with Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church?

Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church — Princeton, New Jersey

After closing our church’s physical doors because of COVID-19, our pastor Reverend Lukata Mjumbe announced a weekday virtual morning prayer service. Participants would gather on Zoom at 7:00 a.m., and that meeting would be streamed to Facebook and
YouTube and uploaded to our website.

“No way! No one is going to get up that early to pray,” people cried. They were wrong! Every weekday, without fail, 10 to 18 people join on Zoom. More join on Facebook and YouTube.

When this prayer ministry began, Rev. Mjumbe led each morning. I would partner with him to open the Zoom and establish the necessary links. A few months later, I began leading weekly using the spiritual practice of lectio divina. This ministry continues to grow with other leaders including seminary interns, lay leaders of our church, and members of other denominations, even some people living outside of New Jersey.

Why do we do this? We believe in the power of prayer. We believe that prayer changes things, that prayer changes the pray-er, that our “prayer lives matter.” To God be the glory. Please consider joining us!

— Sharon Campbell, Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church elder