Messiah Messenger – September 2018

labyrinth

A recent Guideposts blog notes, “Many Christians and churches are rediscovering an ancient prayer practice: a labyrinth. A labyrinth is a geometrically designed walking path leading to and from a central point. It is not a maze; you cannot get lost. There are no dead ends. The point is not disorientation, but orientation.” The labyrinth prayerfully draws us in toward God, and then sends us out to the world. Labyrinths have been used by Christians for centuries. Even some of our council members prayed using the labyrinth during our recent Richmond Hill retreat (pictured above).

The drawing in and sending out of a labyrinth echoes all worship. Jesus was followed up the mountain at the Transfiguration, but his disciples couldn’t stay there. They were sent back down the mountain. We can turn to the Lord with all our needs in prayer, but we are also invited to go out into the world and lovingly attend to our needs and the needs of our community with trust in God’s provision. And as the Body of Christ, we are gathered in by the Spirit to assemble weekly: to worship our Lord; support one another through word, deed and presence; offer with thanksgiving our time, treasure and talent to better serve God and our neighbor; and encounter God’s grace particularly through the Sacraments and God’s Word. Yet then once again, we are sent out to love and serve the Lord and one another in the real world.

On September 9, we will host our annual Rally Day. We will be drawn back in from our summer labors and fun to rejoice as one people through our  worship, fellowship and service. We will celebrate the start of our 2018-2019 program year with Sunday school for all ages at 9:15 am. We will assemble for worship and to share in the Lord’s Supper at 10:45 am. We will experience God’s presence in our lives, then go share that love with others. Join us!

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Messenger – September 2018

And an additional invitation: If you would like to try a prayer labyrinth for yourself, our brothers and sisters of All Souls Episcopal invite you to their Atlee House (9077 Atlee Rd.). The labyrinth is in the field to the left of the house (the opposite side of the property for the community garden).