healing & PRAYER team
We welcome everyone to visit our prayer labyrinth in the Oak Grove. Walking prayerfully is part of the Christian tradition. Walking a labyrinth can enable the walker to have some ‘quiet time’ with the Lord in the busy rush of everyday life. Time to think, explore thoughts and just ‘be’.
Labyrinths are ancient spiritual pathways found across the world and embraced in medieval times and in years since, as a support for reflection and prayer. Today, labyrinths are used to offer a spiritual space. A labyrinth is different from a maze. A maze is full of dead-ends and tricks. A labyrinth has only one path that always leads to the center. If you stay on the path you cannot get lost.
There is no right way or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. There is no set pace; just follow the path in your own time. You can pass others on the path. There can be many people in the center at the same time. Your labyrinth prayer time can be as open or as focused as you would like it to be.
You may want to simply enter the labyrinth and walk with no expectations.
Or… before you enter the labyrinth you might like to take time to:
† Read and reflect on a line or two from scripture or a hymn. For example: Your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in faithfulness to you. (Psalm 26)
† Hold a memory or a picture of a loved one in your mind.
† Consider an experience in your life where you are seeking healing or forgiveness.
† Think about a key celebration in your life and walk a thanksgiving prayer in the labyrinth.
Or … Use the four R’s as a way to walk:
† Ready – take time before you step on the labyrinth to center and open yourself to God. Notice if there is anything you desire of God.
† Release—as you walk towards the center, release whatever troubles you and causes distance between you and God
† Receive—in the center, notice what is going on within and around you. Be present to whatever grace is being offered.
† Return—as you walk the path out of the labyrinth, consider how you will integrate your experience.
† After you leave the labyrinth, give thanks.
Meditation is a universal spiritual practice that we find at the core of all the great religious traditions. It leads from the mind to the heart. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness. It can be practiced by anyone, wherever you are on your life’s journey. It is only necessary to be clear about the practice and then to begin – and keep on beginning.
At this time a meditation group is not practicing at Faith. If you would like to explore meditative practices, please check out the offerings at the Mercy Center in Auburn.
Julie Hettig, Spiritual Director
Intercession is prayer on behalf of another, and naturally arises from the instinct of the human heart--not merely prompted by affection and interest, but recognizing that God's relation to humanity is not merely individual, but social.
The Healing Team is also available to provide anointing for healing. The practice of anointing is ancient-going back to Biblical times. Through the placing of oil on the forehead and the laying on of hands during prayer, the power of God's Holy Spirit is called on for healing and refreshment, both spiritual and physical.
Members of our Healing Team are available for intercessory prayer and anointing for healing during our worship services, as well as other times during the week.
To schedule a time with the Healing and Prayer Team, contact Ann Linkugel