Enhance your Lenten journey in a new and meaningful way. During this season of Lent, gather and engage in the Psalms and scripture through prayer, meditation and art. This 5-week course will be held during the education hour between Sunday services and give participants the opportunity to engage their senses more deeply into Lent. Facilitators will guide participants pairing Scripture with an opportunity to create and work with a range of art mediums for spiritual transformation and refreshment. No art experience necessary!
- The intent of this exercise is a “whole person” approach to prayer, focusing on the embodiment of Scripture including feelings and sensations.
- This opportunity is less about speaking and more about the process of quieting the mind, soaking in the quiet and letting Spirit guide the art expression.
- Soft, instrumental music will be played during the quiet time.
- For art materials, participants will be provided with simple materials (markers, clay, glue, fabric scraps, chalks, torn paper, collage materials, etc.).
- Each week the Scripture and art materials may slightly shift, depending on group feedback, theme or Scripture.
Each week will focus on a particular Psalm (following the Lectionary). Facilitators will lead each session drawing from a range of prayer forms focusing on the reading (for example, Lectio Divina, Dwelling in the Word, Centering Prayer, Simple Examen or other commonly practiced forms). The gathering will follow a simple flow, such as:
1) Welcome, prayer, brief introductions (10 min)
2) Introduction of a theme (a leading, personal reflection on the questions they will spend time with. This might follow themes from worship for this day. Discuss with Pastor Amy.) (5 min)
3) Prayer exercise/scripture piece (5 min)
4) Time in quiet with personal questions and simple art materials (20 min)
5) Coming together large group questions/comments (10-20 min)
6) Closing prayer
2018 Lenten Psalms
Sunday, Feb 18: Psalm 25:1-10
Sunday Feb 25th: Psalm 22:23-31
Sunday March 4th: Psalm 19 (long one! Possibly divide 1-6 or 7-14)
Sunday March 11th: Psalm 107: 1-3 & 17-22 (Possibly less??)
Sunday March 18th: Psalm 51:1-12 or 119: 9-16