Last Sunday was Pentecost, the day we celebrate when the Holy Spirit came down from heaven and empowered the Apostles to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. (You can read the Pentecost story in Acts: 2.) Pentecost often is called the “birthday of the church,” because it marks the beginning of the Apostles’ ministry in the world.
Instead of a sermon, our priests had set up different stations to encourage us to explore different ways to pray and support our church community. Here are some of the things we tried:
Lighting prayer candles.
Casting a burden onto a rock and releasing it into the Baptismal Font.
Using Scrabble tiles to make prayer words.
Making note cards for absent members of our church family.
Making a prayer chain linking with others in prayer to God.
I wish I had more time to fully immerse myself in each activity, but it was a great reminder of the many different ways that we can pray.