Walking the In and Out Labyrinth

Labyrinth, LYON Assembly
Church of the Good Shepherd, Hastings Labyrinth

Church of the Good Shepherd, Hastings Labyrinth

This is the type of labyrinth that I would use for the beginning of a retreat weekend, or week at camp, or Lenten mid-week worship.  It is a way to ground the whole experience in prayer and to invite God to be present in a tangible way.

At the end of the retreat, week, etc., I would invite them to walk the labyrinth back out into the world.  Here is a way to go in and go out that we will use at the Nebraska Synod LYON Assembly 2015.  We made ours with painters tape in the entry of the church.  You can find instructions as to how to do this here:  https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/making-a-painters-tape-labyrinth/

Thanks to fellow LYON leader Emily Keebler, we offered a youtube playlist with theme music for LYON as we walked.  You can find her playlist here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL791PVjNW6XvqNsgy962uBUNP6cCgAdvR

Walking in Together:

Line up as a group with your hands on the shoulders of the person in front of you.  The person in the front will lead you slowly through the labyrinth.  You may listen to meditative music as you walk, or pray together out loud.  One example of a way to pray might be to pray “Guide us” on the left foot, and “Spirit” on the right foot.  No matter which way you choose to do it, please be in an attitude of prayer.  God bless the beginning of your journey!

Returning to the World:

At the beginning of the retreat/week/worship, you were given the opportunity to enter the experience through a labyrinth.  Now that it is time to depart, you will have the same opportunity.  As you walk the labyrinth, reflect on what you will be carrying with you from the weekend back into the world.  What is God calling you to do or to be as a result of this experience?  What tools or resources do you need to make that call into a reality?  When you have exited the labyrinth, take a few moments to discuss your reactions to any of these questions as a group.

 

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