Greetings! I am glad that you are checking out our Web site to learn more about the faith community of House of Prayer. Early in Christ’s ministry he invites the disciples to be part of his ministry with the words, “Come and See.” (John 1:39) It is my hope that you will come and see what God is up to in the faith community of House of Prayer and in the local communities of Oakdale and North Saint Paul, and as far away as Ifunda, Tanzania.
Today, many churches have their own mission statements. To that I say, our mission is Christ’s mission. To love God, our neighbor and yourself. At House of Prayer we use the following acrostic statement on a bookmark to remind us of this mission:
We are ordinary people, doing God’s extraordinary work. We know that we all make mistakes and yet we have been redeemed by God. We assemble in worship to praise an abundant God and to yield to and learn from God’s Word. We strive to encourage faith in others by witnessing to our own faith and by offering ourselves in response to the needs of others in loving service. In so doing we strive to become a House of Prayer for all people. (Based upon Isaiah 56:7)
Each week, we strive to live out Christ’s mission by connecting our faith to everyday life. We do this through praising God in worship and song, through Bible study and education, through prayers of thanksgiving for God’s amazing creation and for one another in our journeys of faith, and importantly through service to our neighbor. If you check out our Ministries page and in particular our Social Ministry page you will see just some of the examples of how we strive to build relationships with our local community, the nation and the world. I am pleased also to share that we put our time, talent and treasure where our hearts are. Each year our charitable giving is between 16-20% of our annual giving (See our Annual Report). This is above the work of our own ministry. We can only give, because God has blessed us with so much!
If you want to be part of a caring community who strives to live what it means to be Christian… and yes we make mistakes too… please ‘come and see’ what Christ is up to at House of Prayer! ALL are welcome! – Thanks be to God!