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We are PLCPC: Journey Deeper into Faith Object Labyrinth Prayer Practice

Sometimes our Journey of faith is an actual journey. God calls us and we go someplace new to be a faithful disciple there. But journeys don’t always have us moving. Navigating a difficult time in a relationship. Caring for an ailing family member. Making a tough decision. Standing up for what is right. All journeys of faith.

Our Object Labyrinth prayer practice is a metaphoric journey. There are twists and turns. we get go close to the center and we go far from it. The best part is that there are no wrong turns and you can’t get lost because God is always with you on your journey.

An Object Labyrinth is about the same journey on a smaller scale. You can do it at home with family and friends.

  • All you need is a flat surface like a table and some objects.
  • Laying down a big piece of paper or some canvas makes clean up way easier.
  • You can use any object as long as you have a bunch of them: crayons, paper clips, toothpicks, the contents of your junk drawer, a jar of nuts and bolts.
  • Dump them in a pile in the center of your work area.
  • Begin placing the objects slowly and prayerfully in whatever shape or pattern comes to you. Let the shape of the thing give you hints about where it should go.
  • All the while, let your hands do the work and keep your mind prayerfully focused on the journey of faith that God calls you to.
  • An empty space while open up where your pile was as you place the object. What came up for you during this time of prayer? Write it in a word in the center and contemplate it for a moment.
  • The Journey of faith always leads us back out into the world. So the last step of the object labyrinth is to put it all away and begin another leg in your journey deeper into faith.

If you take pictures, post them on social media and tag @pointlomachurch and use #WeArePLCPC.

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We are PLCPC: Experience Jesus Praying the Hours

Praying the Hours from PLCPC on Vimeo.

A typical leader would summon his disciples to come to him but in John 1:35-50, Jesus goes to where they are and invites them to experience life following him. From the very beginning Jesus shows his disciples that following him is going to be a radically different experience. In our prayer practice this week, we’re going to carve out time to experience Jesus in the ancient practice of Praying the Hours.

In our modernized version, you’ll be pausing to experience Jesus and add a sacred rhythm to your day. Be as flexible or as rigid as you need to be to achieve this. Grace is the key if you screw up. All you need is a timer.

Instructions:

Pick a day to try this and plan it out the night before. Below is a suggested schedule but adapt it to your life as needed. It doesn’t matter how many times you stop to pray. This is more about being intentional and open to experience Jesus. Most importantly, set a schedule you can actually keep!

At each prayer pause take a deep breath and quiet your mind. Say a short one sentence prayer inviting Jesus to come experience life with you. Then, and this is the most important part, be still and listen.

Be gracious with yourself. If you miss a scheduled prayer, just let it go and set a reminder for the next one.

At the end of the experience, record your thoughts on the experience and share them with somebody. Post them on social media if you want and tag @pointlomachurch and use #wearePLCPC

Here is a suggested Praying the Hours schedule :

Use any or all these suggestions.  Whatever fits your life and helps you experience Jesus.

Waking Prayer: Give thanks for the day first thing in the morning. Commit to being open to experiencing Jesus and ask for grace and support.  Then be still and listen.

Getting out the Door Prayer: Try to pause in the rush to get out the door and ask God to give direction to your day.  This is a great prayer to do after you park the car but before you get out.  Then be still and listen.

Midmorning Prayer: In John, Jesus asks his soon to be disciples, “What are you looking for?” Take a moment in the middle of whatever you are busy with to let Jesus ask this question of you.  Then be still and listen.

Midday Prayer: As you take a break to replenish your body, take a moment in prayer to reflect on the morning.  Where have you already experienced Jesus? Then be still and listen.

Out of Energy Prayer: It’s midafternoon and you’re dragging.  Take a Coffee break and reflect on the ways you experience Jesus and renewal in your church home at PLCPC. Then be still and listen.

Homegoing Prayer: At the end of the work day, Jesus invited his disciples to, “Come and see.” The work Jesus was calling them to wasn’t going to be typical 9-5 stuff.  Spend a moment in prayer to be still and listen to what Jesus is inviting you to come and see beyond what keeps you busy all day.

Evening Prayer:  Simply give thanks for the day and all God has given you. Then be still and listen.

Retiring Prayer:  Let your last thought before sleep be a prayer of rejoicing that Jesus calls us to experience new life every day. Then be still and listen and sleep.

 

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