Since the idea of having our own labyrinth here at St Chrysostom’s first came about, and then through the process of making it, I had been greatly looking forward to using it in worship and walking it for the first time. Sunday evening fulfilled those expectations and more! For me, it was an incredibly powerful time of worship.
In the stillness, we gathered together to pray and journey with God. We began by gathering around the labyrinth in a circle, we gave thanks for the gift of creativity, and then asked for God’s blessing on the labyrinth, and on our worship. Through first making it by hand, then the words of prayer, our gathering together, and then through all of our walks upon it (and those to come!) we can truly say that this labyrinth “belongs” to all of us. We are a part of its story.
Walking the labyrinth was a really interesting experience of a physical act of prayer, rather than spoken prayer that we are more familiar with. With the aid of a scripture reading to focus on, those personal journeys and prayers were made in the quiet of our own hearts, and the individual walks made on the labyrinth, but it felt that they were all very much part of one greater whole. I felt very connected with everyone else in the room, though very few words were spoken. And a very typical “St C’s gathering” – a wonderful diverse mix of people, from 8 yrs old to 80+, united in one spirit, one purpose: that we were all there together as pilgrims, explorers, pray-ers… ultimately seeking to spend time with God.
I think as a whole, for me the evening seems to reflect our calling as Christians, that we travel different paths but are all united as part of the whole body of Christ.
Everyone seemed to gain something from the evening – and we’ve had some lovely comments! A few key words from folks so far have been: “Inspiring” … “Very meaningful” … “wonderful” … “spent time meditating” … “felt God with me”.
Personally, I can’t wait for the next one!
Did you walk the labyrinth or Have you walked a labyrinth? We’d love to hear your thoughts about it – please do post a comment!