Labyrinth Prayer Day – a walk through creation.

Saturday 14 June

3pm – 5pm

A guided labyrinth walk reflecting on Psalm 8 or time for you to walk the labyrinth or spend time in quiet prayer to your own tune.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honour.

You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

 

In preparing to walk the labyrinth, you might consider walking barefoot, if so, leave your shoes and socks beneath the tree, feel the grass beneath your feet, it’s different textures and temperatures and beware of the thistles! 

In your own time, begin to walk the labyrinth, pausing from time to time to note:-

  • the different grasses, thistles, dandelions, and mushrooms creating a carpet beneath your feet.
  • the trees around you, their shapes and leaves, the ways they are used for fuel, timber, shelter, food.
  • look for the birds, bugs, flies, bees sharing this environment, at how inter-dependent we are.
  • look at the people passing by – stewards of all creation and the work of human hands; roads, cars, buildings, the labyrinth – our creative skill and destructive power.
  • feel the sun, the rain, the wind …. perhaps all 3 at once!
  • look at the Lavenders, how some flourish and other struggle.
  • see the places where the grass is scarred and remember the ways in which we have scarred the earth.

As you leave the Labyrinth, you might ponder on

  • what is to be planted?
  • what is to be stewarded?
  • what is to be developed?

How majestic is God’s name in all the earth?

 

If you chose to remove your shoes, how does it feel to put them back on again?

Wyken Labyrinth

Wyken Labyrinth grew from a discussion about how to make our front garden something more than a muddy short cut. It has grown into a vision to offer an ancient form of spirituality in a very modern setting and to create a place of peacefulness at the heart of busy lives.

A year ago we spent the May Bank Holiday weekend digging turf and laying stones. During the past year we have planted lavenders, allowed the grass to settle and prayerfully explored the way this labyrinth can be used. We now offer this space to the glory of God and for the well-being of the whole community. On Easter morning we planted poppy seeds – red for remembrance and white for peace, which should flower in August as we mark the 100th Anniversary of the First World War. In the Autumn we will plant a Wyken Pippen to mark the fruitfulness of creation

On Saturday 3rd May we will celebrate the official opening with friends from near and far, so please  feel free to come and join us.  This event will not involve speeches – Hurrah! Instead you are invited to stand or sit around the labyrinth and engage in a virtual prayer walk. Eight people have been invited to be pilgrims and carry symbols into the labyrinth pausing at each station so that we can prayerfully reflect on our own thoughts.  As each person begins to move to the next station, please say, “We bless this Labyrinth”

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This church believes that prayer is well served with cake. And so, afterwards, you are invited to join us inside the church building for afternoon tea, or take the opportunity to walk the labyrinth.

Prayer and Retreat Days

Whilst the Labyrinth is available for anyone to use at anytime, we are also organising some prayer and retreat days where the labyrinth and other resources will be used in a more guided way. The dates, times and activities are experimental – so please feedback on what you find helpful, and what might be done differently. If you want us to organise something for a specific group of people then please contact us:- [email protected].

Wednesday, 14th May, 10am to 12noon

Saturday 14th June, 3pm to 5pm

Tuesday 22nd July, 7pm to 9pm

Tuesday 19th August, 7pm to 9pm

Saturday 20th September, 3pm to 5pm

Wednesday, 15th October, 10am to 12 noon.