- Here is a procedure outline for using a finger labyrinth in a service of worship. It could be adapted to fit into a variety of places during a special service or on a Sunday morning.
- Length is approximately 2-3 minutes.
- I usually print the labyrinth graphic on the front cover of the service bulletin for easy access but it could also be printed as an insert.
- Scripture reading can be changed according to service theme and season of the year.
Introduction: (Say something like this) – “I invite us all now into a time of prayer. As you listen to my voice, I invite you to trace the pathway of the labyrinth on the front cover of your bulletin with your finger. There’s no wrong way to do this and so don’t worry about technique. The finger labyrinth is just a tool, a representation of your journey through life and Lent, and a simple way to pray.”
“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” (Translation: New Revised Standard Version)
[PAUSE – Follow the short reading with a series of short questions]:
- I wonder what Moses was thinking about in that moment of flames and angels. [PAUSE]
- I wonder what gave him the courage to act on his curiosity [PAUSE]
- What are the burning bushes in your life, right now, and today? [PAUSE]
- Are there things you are curious about? People you are curious about? Are you curious about God? [PAUSE]
- Do you have what you need to “go over and see?” [PAUSE]
- And if you don’t have what you need, how might you find what you need to “go over and see.” [PAUSE]
Closing Prayer: Beloved God, we walk always into the unknown. Never leave us. Never leave us. Always, call to us. Always encourage us. Always, move us to “go over and see.” AMEN.