Many of you have probably noticed the paper chain that’s starting to spread across the back of our sanctuary. For those of you who haven’t made it to our Wednesday evening services yet, this chain is part of what we’ve been doing on Wednesday nights. Each link of the chain is a prayer, and every week the chain grows as we add more and more prayers. Every week, there are different interactive prayer stations around the sanctuary, as a different way of engaging with the text and with the practice of Lent. The prayer chain is meant to be a community practice of prayer that shows how our prayers connect us to each other – and how what we do together here leads out into the world.
This idea of interactive prayer stations for Lent was actually part of the project work I did at my internship congregation down in New Mexico. Each week at the midweek service, at least one of the stations we had set up would be some kind of activity to help people to dig into the text for that week in a more tangible, hands-on kind of way.