The Church of the Holy Spirit is fortunate to have a beautiful canvas labyrinth for use as a prayer tool. Themed meditative walks with selected music and theological focus are offered on the second Friday of every month.
Dr. Margaret Rappaport, Veriditas-certified labyrinth facilitator, offers a brief instructive introduction to each walk. Darlene T. Hagon, CHS Director of Music/Labyrinth, presents inspirational music to enhance the theme of each walk. Rev. Anne Koehler shares a theological reflection to connect participants to the deeper meaning of the walk experience. All are welcome, even if you simply sit, listen to the music, and quietly meditate in the inviting, candlelit space of the Parish Hall.
Church of the Holy Spirit: Parish Hall
October 20, 2017 10:00 A.M. Labyrinth Walk
And 5:30 P.M. Labyrinth Walk with Eucharist
At the 10:00 a.m. walk, the hall will be silent. The labyrinth will be candlelit waiting for the golden sound of God’s love in music and movement. Banners will be displayed around the edge of the labyrinth. They depict images and words that urge us to be mindful of love experienced as eros, agape, philia, and storge as we seek reassurance that we don’t need to fear the journey of life. We have a constant guide to accompany us along the spiral, circular path. God’s love is the beginning of all life.
Rev. Anne Koehler will offer an opening prayer before a brief commentary on the theme: Meditation, by Dr. Margaret Rappaport, Veriditas-certified Labyrinth Facilitator. Darlene T. Hagon, Director of Music/Labyrinth, and Veriditas-certified Labyrinth Facilitator will begin the walk with selected music to enhance the meditative experience.
Closing prayer and comments will follow this traditional walk.
Join us in the evening at 5:30 p.m. for our scheduled quarterly walk and celebration of the Holy Eucharist by Rev. Anne Koehler. Please remember you are welcome whether or not you walk the labyrinth. The power and intimacy of this service accompanied by music, candlelight, and community is remarkable if only to seek quiet prayer and an opportunity for meditation.
MORE ABOUT THE LABYRINTH:
During the Middle Ages, labyrinths were used in cathedrals throughout Europe as a metaphor for the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Today, the labyrinth is a meditative tool that some use to recreate the traditional Lenten pilgrimage in which one offers one’s whole being to God. You can learn more about labyrinths here.
As you walk the labyrinth:
- Sit quietly and consider what concerns or people you would like to offer to God this day as you walk.
- Take off your shoes and offer a prayer at the entrance to the labyrinth to begin your walk.
- As you walk, lift up your concerns to God. If you feel like stopping at some point for a moment, do so.
- If you need to pass another walker, just step quietly around and continue on your journey.
- As you reach the center, stop and spend some time just noticing what God is offering you. Thank God for this time together and follow the path back out.
- As you come to the end of your walk, turn towards the center and thank God again for this time with him.
- Take a moment to sit and reflect on what you have experienced.
We ask that no food or drink be brought into the labyrinth area. Prior to walking the canvas labyrinth, please remove your footwear.