Prayer Labyrinth during Holy Week
Starting with Saturday, April 12 at 6:30pm, we will have our labyrinth set up in the Sanctuary. You can come walk and pray on:
- Saturday, April 12 at 6:30pm
- Tuesday, April 15 from 10:00am-1:00pm
- Wednesday, April 16 from 10:00am-1:00pm and from 7:00pm-8:30pm
- Thursday, April 17 from 10:00am-1:00pm
Depending your speed, if you walk slow it should take about 15 minutes to complete (there are chairs off to the side for those who need to sit along the way).
Our Open Air Labyrinth
We welcome everyone to the JUMC labyrinth located at the back right corner of our parking lot. It was designed by parishioner, Tyler Kirk, for his Eagle Scout project. His fellow scouts, scout leaders, friends and church family helped him to complete the project the weekend of May 18-20, 2012. Our labyrinth is open to the public and can be used at any time during daylight hours.
Walking the labyrinth is an ancient Christian spiritual practice of embodied prayer.
It is important to note that the labyrinth differs from a maze in that there is one path in and out with no dead ends. The structure is a tool to facilitate contemplation by directing the mind in a way that allows one to meditate, pray and connect with God, through the journey as well as at the center of our being.
To most Christians who walk the labyrinth journey today, the walk in is called Purgation–a time for releasing, letting go of the cares and concerns that keep one distracted and stressed.
The center of the labyrinth represents divine Illumination and Christ within, a place for receiving clarity and insight. The return walk is viewed as the path of Union, joining God, bringing back to the world a renewed vision or a refreshed spirit. To others the labyrinth enhances their prayer life as a symbol of the world’s complexities and difficulties, which we experience in our journey through life. These are but some of the historic uses for the labyrinth embraced by Catholics and Christians throughout the world.