Walking the Prayer Labyrinth

As many of you know, the remodeling project at First Cong allowed us the opportunity to put a labyrinth in the floor of our Chapel. We will be introducing this new spiritual resource to our congregation on Sunday, May 6. During this introductory session, we will begin with a light lunch in the Student Lounge following worship. After a brief orientation, the labyrinth will be available for use until 1:30pm. Introducing the prayer labyrinth at this time is an opportunity to follow up on our Lenten series on "Listening." Questions for reflection might include: What did I hear as I intentionally listened? What am I hearing now from God and neighbor as I move past Easter?
The prayer labyrinth is an archetypal pattern, a "divine imprint," found in religious traditions in various forms around the world. Several European cathedrals had labyrinths which were walked by thousands of faithful Christians as a symbolic way of making a pilgrimage to the Holy City, Jerusalem. In recent years, walking a prayer labyrinth has been rediscovered as a meditative, "active" way of praying.
As a spiritual tool, the prayer labyrinth can be used as a path of prayer, a place of release and renewal, a time for quieting the mind, an opportunity to pray and reflect on life questions with God in silence. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path; there are no tricks and no dead ends. It is designed to quiet the mind and lead the walker by a winding route to the center, and then, by the same route, to return to the exit.
Beginning in June and following, the labyrinth will be available during these times:
          First Sunday of the month from 8:00am-9:45am and 11:00am-1:00pm
          Third Wednesday of the month: 9:00am-11:00am and 5:00pm-7:00pm
The labyrinth can also be made available by appointment through the church office.
~Ann Beaty

Posted on April 4, 2018 at 11:14 am in Featured Content.

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