In our parish, we are going to practice a Quiet Lent. For us, this means that we will take some time of quiet just before the service begins to center ourselves, talk to God, and prepare our hearts and minds for worship. It does not mean silence; after all, we have kids in our churches, thank the Lord! This post introduces the first of four resources that will be available for adults, youth, and children to make use of during this quiet time. The explanation and downloadable resources are below. God bless your Lenten journey!
Focus Word for the Week: Test
Focus Verse for the Week: Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” (Luke 4:12 NRSV)
Praying in Color/Adult Coloring/Doodle Prayer
Use the provided coloring sheets with the focus word for the week to center yourself and prepare for worship. You can make it as fancy or simple as you want; whatever helps you to focus is the best practice. As you color, meditate on the focus word. What does it mean to you? What questions do you have regarding this word? How is God speaking to you through this word? Take your sheet home and put it in a prominent place to remind you to continue to focus during the week. Enjoy the opportunity to slow down, breathe, and focus on God as we prepare to enter into worship.
Three Options for Coloring
Download all three types in pdf format here:
Praying in Color Lent 2016 wk 1
Praying in Color Lent 2016 wk 2
Praying in Color Lent 2016 wk 3
Praying in Color Lent 2016 wk 4
Praying in Color Lent 2016 wk 5
Praying in Color Palm Sunday 16
If you are a doodler, this option is for you! You can doodle as you reflect on the focus word or verse for the week. You may do a single picture, or develop one small symbol and draw it over and over again as you pray. See the example for the first Sunday in Lent, below.
If you would like a simple to color option, this one is for you! Choose a few colors, color in the shapes, and at the end of your prayer time, you will have a stained glass window to look at throughout your week! See the example for the first Sunday in Lent, below.
Adult Coloring Book Style:
This is the most challenging and time consuming option, but well worth it! You might only get started on this one during church, but perhaps it can be a few minutes of a daily discipline for you during this season. See the example for the first Sunday in Lent, below. (I know it’s not quite finished, but you get the idea, right? 🙂 )