Advent is a time of prayer and contemplation as we await the coming of Christ at Christmas. Yet different people pray, contemplate, and meditate in different ways. With this in mind I tried to create a variety of prayer opportunities using both the sanctuary and the newly made memorial garden outside. The worship services occurred Wednesday nights, following a soup supper, but many of the pictures are taken during the day for lighting reasons.
By the inspiration of the youth group, the fire for burning prayers doubles as a s'more making station.
I provided biblical and theological justification...
Inside the sanctuary were more traditional opportunities for prayer--lighting candles, icons for meditation, and healing prayer with a minister.
I tried to create a sense of sacred space by marking the memorial garden with luminarias.
After about half an hour of individual prayer at these stations, the congregation gathered in the sanctuary to sing Holden Evening Prayer.