LABYRINTH WALK – FRIDAY, APRIL 13th – PARISH HALL – 10:00 am Gail Smith+
This month’s theme is “Resurrection”.
We are in the midst of the Easter Season. “Resurrection” “Christ is risen” is still on our minds. Spring is all around us. First the crocus brave the possibility of snow, then the daffodils and tulips, the flowering bushes and trees. All have sat bare branched or have lain dormant in the ground, waiting until the sun’s warmth and the plants inner time clock says it is time to rise, time to bloom again. We too experience something of “resurrection” each day as we rise each morning from our night’s rest to face and live into a new day. On our labyrinth walk we will be invited to take something of all of these “Resurrections” into our walk, as we walk and listen to God’s word for us. So, come walk with us!
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.
Each walk will include a brief introduction based on the theme for the week along with a theological reflection to connect participants to the deeper meaning of the walk experience. All are welcome, even if you simply sit and quietly meditate in the inviting, space of the Parish Hall.
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.
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 or use the shoe covers provided.