CORPUS CHRISTI -- The corner of Airline Road and South Alameda Street epitomizes suburbia. A pharmacy, car mechanic, gas station, liquor store and credit union cluster nearby.But next to McDonald's -- literally on the other side of its wood plank fence, within a french fry's throw -- there's a new kind of drive-thru."Our philosophy: Like the post office, rain or shine, they deliver mail," the Rev. Tom Ferrell muses. "We'll deliver God's mail."To be sure, the new prayer ministry at South Shore Christian Church, where Ferrell is associate pastor, is less a delivery service and more a come-and-get-it kind of service.But for the 5 o'clock commuter, the convenience is hard to beat. Engine running, just roll down the window and talk.Volunteers will pray with, or for, motorists.They might get nuggets -- of wisdom, hope or comfort.It began Jan. 15. Each Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m., a few church clergy and members stand by.Cars can turn off either street, then cross the parking lot to the awning at the front of the church.South Shore wants it to be a low-pressure, high-comfort experience. There's no requirement to adhere to any religion or denomination, or to attend services. Confidentiality will be honored, Ferrell said.The church placed banners along each street to proclaim its offerings. The majority of takers on the first two Tuesdays -- the first marred by chill and rain -- were current church members."Our own people have to be comfortable with it, experience it, know that it's safe before they'll talk about it with other folks," the Rev. Richard Peltz said.But some nonmembers, perhaps seeing only the banner and driven by inner turmoil, have availed themselves of the service, too.Topics have ranged from major life decisions to ill relatives.The idea emerged from a church committee looking at ways to serve the community better and fill voids in outreach, Peltz said.Parishioner Karen Steffy said she had envisioned a parking lot lined end to end with cars. Though churches from California to Florida have drive-thru prayer services, she didn't remember seeing one before.The committee immediately embraced the vision, Peltz said.Oh, and if you want Communion with that?Individual, prepackaged servings are available.