Memorial Labyrinth Walk – Wednesday November 14, 2018 in the Parish Hall. Many of us have lost those we love, as well as, have experienced other losses in our lives. As we enter this holiday season we are taking time again this year to reflect and bring our sorrows before God. This year will meet in the Parish Hall at 5:00 pm. for prayers and an opportunity to name those we pray for. For those who are able, we will walk the labyrinth in their memory. There will be companions to walk with those who might need some assistance. All are invited to come and walk or to just be there in prayer.
Saturday, November 17: CREATING OUR OWN LABYRINTH – 8:30 am to 4 pm in the Church. We will be creating our own small labyrinth with the help of labyrinth creator Nathan Wiles. The labyrinth will then be used by our Church School and others for special walks. This is a rare opportunity and we will need volunteers to help with the process. If you are interested, please contact Gail Smith: email@example.com or Jack Gentile: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Each walk will include a brief introduction based on the theme 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.