Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Stations of the Cross: The Lenten Prayer Walk at Robertson Chapel

What is it?
This is a gentle meditative walk we would like to invite you to try. A series of twelve “stations” has been set up; each one is related to an idea, and part of the theme of Lent. At each station is an object or set of objects that will help you think and pray about the idea presented. You will be given a booklet at the beginning to guide you through.

We encourage you to take as long as you need for each station. Anyone else doing the walk is asked to let you be where you are, and we ask the same of you. This is a prayer process – an “inward” one, not a “corporate” one such as we might do during a church service. As such, we strongly encourage everyone to walk it alone. You set your own pace, but many people complete it in 30 to 45 minutes. You may take as long as you like, however.

What will I need?
Your reading glasses, if you use them. You will be given a booklet to guide you through and a pencil so you can take notes if you like. Many people keep prayer journals; you may like to bring yours. Please note that you will be climbing a flight of stairs. Unfortunately, there is no ramp or elevator. We will have people who can help you if needed.

When is it?
Friday, March 26th from noon until 7:30PM, and Saturday, March 27th from 8:00AM until 3:00PM. You may come by whenever you like during those times. We encourage you to make an appointment, however, so that your wait time is short. Contact Joshua at 256/810-6424 or email LentenPrayerWalk@gmail.com to make your appointment.

Where is it?
Robertson Chapel United Methodist Church, 812 George Wallace Drive East, Rainsville. Located one block behind Mama Maria's Italian Restaurant on AL Highway 35. When you arrive, please enter by the fellowship hall door, located in the rear.

May I bring someone with me?
Yes, by all means! Just be aware that we strongly encourage everyone to walk alone, so there will be a short waiting time.

Appointments will go quickly, so make yours today!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lenten Prayer Guide for Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Prayer of Illumination:

Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Illumination:
Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that, as the Scriptures are read and your Word proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.

Read: Job 1 and Psalm 17

Job was a wealthy man. He had everything a person could want in those days. He was also a worrier – he worried that his children would blaspheme God, so he offered sacrifices on their behalf. Suddenly, his entire world came crashing down. Everything he owned was gone. His children were dead.

But notice how Job reacted. He didn’t blame God. He ripped his clothes and put on sack cloth and shaved his head – a sign of mourning, but also of repentance. Notice what Job said in verse 21. Job realized that everything he’d had was just stuff, and that the stuff didn’t matter.

Jesus commanded us to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily, and follow him. Ask God to show you how to do that. Ask God to show you the things you hold too dearly, and how to let go of them. You may find the following prayer helpful:

Almighty God, creator and ruler of all: teach us to always use the resources you provide to accomplish your will and not our own, that we might complete the kingdom work which you have commanded us to do; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lenten Prayer Guide for Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010

Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Prayer of Illumination:

Collect for Grace:

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Illumination:
Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that, as the Scriptures are read and your Word proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.

Read: II Peter 2:4-21 and Psalm 17

Peter writes a scathing attack on people who insist on teaching others to do wrong. Sometimes we use our influence with others to teach them wrong things. Sometimes it is not purposeful; we are merely passing on incorrect information. Sometimes it is on purpose; we are lying or manipulating others for our own purposes. God holds us accountable for leading people astray, whether we meant to or not.

Ask God to show you how you might be leading people astray. Perhaps you’ve been lying to yourself or others because you don’t want to face the truth about something. You may find the following prayer helpful:

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lenten Prayer Guide for Monday, Feb. 22, 2010

Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Prayer of Illumination:

Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Illumination:
Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that, as the Scriptures are read and your Word proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen.

Read: I Chronicles 21:1-17 and Psalm 17

King David insisted on numbering the people even after Joab, his trusted general, warned him not to do so. As a result, God gave David a choice of punishments.

Sometimes we insist on doing things even after God sends someone to warn us to stop. And, just like David, we have consequences to pay. Notice that God was merciful and forgave David, but David still had to pay the consequences. Notice that innocent people suffered because of David’s sin. Take a moment to look over your life and decide if you’re doing anything that God has warned you not to do. Ask God to help you heed his warnings. You may find the following prayer helpful:

Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.