Our church has been doing a Sunday morning series on "The Crosses of Lent", highlighting a different historical cross each week and the meaning behind it. Each week has been rich with meaning. Then this past Tuesday night, we gathered for prayer around the various crosses. We used 4 of them and set each one on a different table with candlelight. Then, as a (small) group, we moved from table to table and prayed using the theme of each cross as inspiration. I didn't get pics on Tuesday, but I was able to come in on Wednesday morning (when there was a bit more light) and take pictures of the prayer stations. Maybe I'll just do 2 today and 2 next time.
Station 1: The Anchor Cross -- The cross of hope
At this table during our prayer time, we read aloud some of the "anchor phrases" that were written on the cards, and then wrote the names of people we were praying for that could receive hope from that specific verse or phrase. One very poignant message on a card was written (and signed) by a preschooler who neatly printed, "GOD MADE THE STARS". We wrote several names on that card -- people who needed to remember what a mighty God is able to do for them.
I'll share more next time. I'm pretty excited about tomorrow's theme at church. It's the Celtic Cross, and I bought 18 yards of burlap in preparation for tomorrow's service. I'd better bring my camera!