The Huron Community Prayer Path and Labyrinth sits on 10 acres of wooded land at Zion Lutheran Church. This is a wheelchair accessable labyrinth with three separate prayer paths. There is also a finger labyrinth for the visually impaired or for those who have trouble walking. There are benches frequently placed on all three walking paths and at the center of the labyrinth. There are also prayer meditation boxes at most benches.
Walking the prayer labyrinth takes your walk towards the center and away from the center several times. You will find benches along the way to rest. The walk is one half mile in to the center and one half mile back to the entrance. We hope that you have a wonderful walk as you meditate, pray, and become rejuvenated. God bless as you begin.
Preparation for your walk can be as simple as taking a moment to stand at the entrance to the labyrinth, breathing and becoming clear about your intentions for walking. By being fully conscious of your intentions for your labyrinth walk; it will help harness the power of the labyrinth. Your purpose could be to walk, pray, thinking of a concern or an issue such as prayers for a friend, a relationship issue, or changing an emotional state.
It is important to allow your walk on the sacred space of the labyrinth to be an open minded one i.e. releasing expectations. As you develop a walking relationship with the labyrinth you will find that you will have amazing experiences. Just follow the path to the center, sit, pray and meditate, and then follow the path out.
Beginning a walk with a clear intention while at the same time keeping an open mind and soft heart for whatever unfolds on the walk teaches us to do the same in the larger walk of our own lives.
Relax your mind and humble your heart to focus on Christ. Allow God, to be the only person on your mind while you read these prayers.
O God, we come to you today for your help and your blessing. Lord, what we know not, teach us; Lord, what we have not, give us; Lord, what we are not, make us. Hear this prayer, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
I thank you for this day. I thank you for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I’m blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for Your forgiveness.
Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from you.
Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things.
Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. Let me continue to see sin through God’s eyes and acknowledge it as evil… and when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrong doing, and receive the forgiveness of God.
And when this world closes in on me, let me remember Jesus’ example – to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It’s the best response when I’m pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can’t pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will.
Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those that are lost and can’t find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don’t know You intimately. I pray for those that don’t believe. But I thank You that I believe. I believe that You Lord God change people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers, for each and every family
1. We’re pilgrims on the journey of the narrow road,
And those who’ve gone before us line the way,
Cheering on the faithful, Encouraging the weary,
Their lives a stirring testament to God’s sustaining grace.
Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
Let us run the race not only for the prize,
But as those who’ve gone before us,
Let us leave to those behind us,
The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives.
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful.
May the fire of our devotion light their way.
May the footprints that we leave, Lead them to believe,
And the lives we live inspire them to obey.
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful.
2. After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone,
And our children sift through all we’ve left behind,
May the clues that they discover,
And the memories they uncover,
Become the light that leads them
to the road we each must find. (chorus)
I pledge allegiance to the Lamb, With all my strength, with all I am. I will seek to honor His commands. I pledge allegiance to the Lamb.
1. I have heard how Christians long ago, Were brought before a tyrant’s throne. They were told that he would spare their lives, If they would renounce the name of Christ. But one by one they chose to die, The Son of God they would not deny. Like a great angelic choir sings, I can almost hear their voices ring. (chorus)
2. Now the years have come and the years have gone, And the cause of Jesus still goes on. Now our time has come to count the cost, To refect this world, to embrace the cross. And one by one let us live our lives, For the One who died to give us life. ‘Til the trumpet sounds on the final day, Let us proudly stand and boldly say, (chorus)
3. To the Lamb of God who bore my pain, Who took my place, sho wore my shame, I will seek to honor His commands, I pledge allegiance to the Lamb. (chorus)
1. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.
2. ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed!
3. Through many dan-gers, toils, and snares, I have already come;
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.
4. The Lord has prom-ised good to me, His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be, As long as life endures.
5. And when this flesh and heart shall fail, And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil, A life of joy and peace.
6. When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun;
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, Than when we’d first begun.
Sing your praise to the Lord, come on everybody,
Stand up and sing one more hallelujah.
Give your praise to the Lord.
I can never tell you just how
much good that it’s gonna do ya.
1. Just to sing anew the song
your heart learned to sing,
When He first gave His life to you,
The life goes on and so must the song.
You gotta sing again the song born in your soul,
When you first gave your heart to Him, sing
His praise, Once more.
2. Just to sing aloud the song
that someone is dying to Hear,
Down in the maddening crowd,
As you once were before you hear the song,
You gotta let them know the truth is alive
to shine upon the way.
So maybe they can go, sing
your praises Once more.
3. Just to let the name of the Lord be praised
both for now and evermore,
Praise Him, all you servants.
Give your praise to the Lord, come on everybody,
Stand up and sing one more hallelujah.
Give your praise to the Lord.
I can never tell you just how much
good that it’s gonna do ya.
Just sing, sing, sing.
Come on, sing, sing, sing.
Let me hear ya now, sing,sing, sing.
PRAY WITH SIMPLICITY
“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box?
“Here is what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.
“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply: Like this:
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the word right:
Do what’s best--
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.
“In prayer there us as connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.
“When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you go into training inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing, he’ll reward you well.” Matthew 6:7-21 ("The Message" Bible by Eugene H. Peterson)
Prayer: Extravagant God, you have promised treasure in heaven that outweighs any we could envision or imagine on earth. Help us to be grateful for the amazing gifts you have already given to us. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
“Don’t pile up your treasures on earth, where moth and rust can spoil them and thieves can break in and steal. But keep your treasure in Heaven where there is neither moth nor rust to spoil it and nobody can break in and steal. For wherever your treasure is, you may be certain that your heart will be there too!” Matthew 6:19-21 ( Phillips )
One of my favorite Bible passages is 1 Samuel 2:1-11 when Hannah has prayed fervently for a son and in gratitude offers him to the service of the Lord. As he grows he learned what sacrifices to offer God and when to offer them. He also learned what procedures and prayers were proper to use. He, in his training, was learning and experiencing the presence of God.
How do we live in the presence of God? Do we offer sacrifices to Him? How much time daily do we offer to the Lord? Do we fervently offer prayer at all times or only when we are in a difficult situation? Do we worship Him daily or just one hour on Sunday, if that? Do we find our treasure in our power,our monies, our home, our cars, or do we honestly answer Him and open our hearts to receive God.
In Matthew 6:21 Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. If our hearts are open to receive God always, He will be our greatest treasure.
Prayer: Lord, forgives us any rebellion that keeps us from desperately seeking you and experiencing your presence. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him: male and female.” Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
My husband and I have several favorite locations where we can just sit and watch the stars at night and mediate of God’s creation. We can see forever on a clear night, all the city lights in the distance and looking up, the sparkling, twinkling stars up in the sky.
Just looking around us is a vivid reminder of what our Creator has made. He formed us in fine detail, each individual uniquely made, not only the human but everything. However, we humans he made in His own image. Because He made us “In His image” (Genesis 1:27), we can have a personal relationship with God. God has given us the physical and mental capacity to know him through Jesus Christ, through scripture, through Bible Study, worship, prayer and fellowship with others.
So God has created us and like David in Psalm 139:14 declares we, too, should declare, “I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows very well.”
Prayer: Abba Father, Your creation has astounded us in so many ways. The beauty of all that you provide for us we take for granted and rarely praise you or acknowledge you for it. Forgive us Lord through Jesus Christ. Amen
“Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need…” Philippians 4:5 (TEV)
Why? Why do we spend our days wondering where the money will come from? Why so we spend our nights concerned about those who are unkind, who slander and hurt us or our loved ones? How can this stress and anxiety be stopped?
The Psalms are full of prayers and songs addressing these very concerns. Psalm 30 speaks of calling to God for help: “Do not let my enemies gloat over me. Heal me, keep me from going down into the pit (darkness, silence, destruction)”. Reading further we find the Psalmist saying “Lord you healed me, you spared me from the pit, you turned my wailing into dancing, you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy. Oh Lord, my God I will give you thanks forever.”
Yes, when we turn to our Father in prayer, our circumstances can change quickly. Psalm 112:1 says “The Lord will keep you from all harm. He will watch over your life: the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forever more.” What a promise of unfailing protection.
As we reach to God in prayer and through His word we know that the “Lord is near” as told in Philippians 4:5: “Do not be anxious about anything, present your requests to God and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Prayer: Lord, help us to seek you out as the Psalmist did so we can find peace which transcends all understanding. Praise be to you, oh God. Amen
“I urge that supplication, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for everyone…and for all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all…I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.” 1 Timothy 2:1-8 (RSV)
How powerful these words are. Just having had the elections we ask regardless of party preference, that we follow our prayerful duties as put before us by the holy inspired scriptures of the early church, i.e. to make supplication, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving for all who are in high positions. The church prayed for a life that was tranquil and undisturbed, a life free from war and rebellion, a life that is liven in godliness and reverence, never forgetting 1. The reverence due to God, 2. The rights due to men, 3. The respect due to self. All of our lives are an act of worship and may we pray that be so to all our leaders, that they live in the presence of God, moving through the world as a temple of the living God and never forgetting the dignity of man.
Prayer: O God, as we pray for our leaders and our nation may we be blessed as your hand is placed upon them. Praise be to you O God. Amen
“I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling,” 1 Timothy 2:8 (RSV)
Yesterday we spoke of how one is to pray prayers of intercession and thanksgiving for those in high positions. Using that same text we will continue about continued prayer.
Here is another opportunity for a new beginning with the one God whose name is Father and whose nature is Love. How blessed we are that through Jesus we have direct access to God with nothing to block the way. It is because there is one God and one Mediator (Jesus) that we are brothers and sisters of one another.
We celebrate God’s gift to us, through the birth of Christ. His celebration reminds us Jesus gave His life for us all so that we can be close to God. As we have celebrated the gift of Christmas knowing the story from beginning to end, we know the wonder of the story of Christ and what it means for us and for the world. We are assured that we can approach our God any tome in prayer with living, forgiving hearts and be confident that God hears our prayers and answers our prayers. What wonderful promises!
Prayer: Lord, may we be full of prayerful moments and daily spend time with You. Amen
“My little children let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 (KJV)
Sharing her sticky, messy handful of rice krispies is still a precious moment of childlike love for me. This two year old didn’t know me from anyone else in the mall but she just walked over to me, smiled and handed them to me. Then she continued walking with her Mother.
Little children love easily and very honestly. Their expression of love is so open sometimes it melts your heart. They smile easily, give bear hugs, honestly share what’s on their mind, and are eager to please.
When you think of it, shouldn’t adults mold themselves as children? Our love for each other should be childlike love. Instead we put up barriers, hesitant to share but talk in eloquent speech. True love is an action from the heart which is only because of God’s love for us. He knows our hearts before we do (even better than we do). Have you ever thought that all you do, your speech, your actions are reflections of God’s love. Our deeds and actions should mimic God’s love.
We are called upon to serve and the truth of Christ is in us. In our childlike honesty, let our deeds reflect God’s love.
Prayer: Lord, today let your love in me show in my actions and deeds toward others. Continue to guide me in your ways that I may know your steadfast love and faithfulness. Amen