Encounter is a prayer ministry. It is an experience of praise, worship, and Eucharistic Adoration. It is free and open to all!
What is Encounter?
Christ comes to dwell with us in the Eucharist. In the Blessed Sacrament, He goes to the extreme limits of love, humbling Himself to the appearance of bread and wine, in order to remain with us and be our Bread of Life. In Adoration, we are able to abide with Him, to simply be in His presence and offer ourselves to Him. Adoration is heaven on earth, where here in the world, we are drawn up into the presence of Jesus – our victorious savior, who will let nothing separate us from His love.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you… Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.” — James 4:8a,10
“Jesus has remained within the Eucharist for love… of you. He has remained, knowing how men would treat him… and how you would treat him. He has remained so that you could eat him, so that you could visit him and tell him what’s happening to you; and so that you could talk to him as you pray beside the Tabernacle, and as you receive him sacramentally; and so that you could fall in love more and more each day, and make other souls, many souls, follow the same path.” —St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, 887
Praise and Worship
God created us body and soul, and we are called to worship Him with our whole selves, body and soul. Through praise and worship, our souls cry out for God. In our singing, we pour our hearts out to Him, in thanksgiving, in petition, in love. Our posture reflects this. We stand in victory before Him. We kneel in humility. We raise our arms in surrender. We open our hands, asking God to come fill us with His life and His love. In praise and worship, we give all that we are, honestly and humbly, to the Creator of heaven and earth.
“My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.” – Psalm 84:2
“May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.” – St. Teresa of Ávila