Prayer Around the Cross

Prayer around the cross.Are you looking for some peace and time for prayer in your busy life? I invite you to attend Prayer around the Cross on the first Thursday evening of each month.

Many in our congregation got a chance to try out Prayer around the Cross during Lent. We are now holding this service on the first Thursday of each month. This is a time of quiet reflection, prayer and simple song. Please join us and invite others from the community who may benefit from this peaceful service.

I first experienced this form of worship at Holden Village during my first visit there in 1995 or so. Holden hosts their “Prayer around the Cross” service every Friday night. For every subsequent visit (5?6? I’ve lost track!) I planned my visit around the Friday night service. When I lived there the fall of 2005, it became a highlight of each week.

During the service we sing simple songs together, reflect on two readings, and then have time to go to the cross as individuals to light a candle and pray. You are welcome to pray as long or as briefly as you like. You can also just stay in your pew the entire service.  The service is based on a style of worship practiced at the community of Taize, an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France.

One of my favorite aspects of Prayer around the Cross is the experience of having others lay their hands on my shoulder as I pray.  I really encourage you to try it. The experience of the light and simple warmth of another person as you pray is truly amazing. It is equally powerful to the person who lays hands on another during their time of prayer.  As a community of Christ, we are called to support one another in prayer. We are offered a powerful gift in the invitation to bring our prayers and lay them down at the cross.

I look forward to welcoming you at an upcoming service. The next Prayer around the Cross service is Thursday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m.

-Amalia Vagts