Labyrinths are an ancient tool for meditation and centering. Their construction and use is older than Christianity, but, Christians adapted them to Christian practice. Here is information about two of them:
This Holy Week, we're inviting you to make a labyrinth of your own or come use the one we're going to draw in the church parking lot. I asked the Lazure family to do a test run of these instructions for us: https://labyrinthsociety.org/make-a-labyrinth.
Here's their tips and tricks:
We did the labyrinth and it worked out really well. It took us about 30 minutes to draw it, and then the girls added some decorations, also with chalk. We used easter egg sidewalk chalks from Dollar General and it used 1 box of 4 (used up 2/3 of each egg). It was important to sweep the area clear ahead of time to make the chalk work best.
I annotated the instruction sheet from the website with some details on how we did it and I've attached here photos from Sunday. I think it would be easily do-able with kids/adults in the church lot if there's a clear sunny day. Annotated Instruction sheet can be accessed here.
After you make your labyrinth or come to church to walk the labyrinth:
There is a pastor and scholar named Rev. Dr. Jill Geoffrion who writes about prayer and labyrinths. I've adapted her recommendations for prayer near the Chartres labyrinth to help us pray as we walk our labyrinths.
Pray in one of the following ways, or another that comes to you:
Sunday School lesson plans update
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Here's a lesson about Saul's conversion in Acts 9: june_14th_the_conversion_of_saul_acts_9.dochttp://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=54208
Here's a lesson about God calling Moses to some very important work: exodus_5_june_7th.doc
Sunday School for May 31st, 2020
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
“In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Here is our Sunday School lesson: acts_2-1-12_may_31st.doc
And, here's a fun Pentecost cupcake recipe: pentecost_cupcake_recipe.pdf
He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycomore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, ‘He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’ Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.’
Click this link to access the Sunday School lesson: may_24th__luke_19__1.doc
Acts 17:22-31 (NRSV translation)
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