Journey to the Heart of God
an Open Studio of Hands-on Spiritual Practices
Palm Sunday, April 14, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Summit on 16th UMC, 82 E. 16th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201
Are you longing for new and creative ways of connecting to God? Are you yearning for silence and stillness this Lent? Are you in need of healing and recentering? Enter into Holy Week with friends from Summit on 16th, Maple Grove, Short North, and Trinity United Methodist Churches for an afternoon of hands-on spiritual practices. This event will be in an open house format, meaning you can come and go as you please during the three hours from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Although there will be different stations to choose from, they all lead to the same place: stillness, astonishment, peace, wholeness, the heart of God. The way we show up in the world will be different after we have been in this place.
The spiritual practices that will be offered are:
1) Visio Divina
2) Sound Bath
4) Body Prayer
5) Welcoming Prayer
6) Power of 8*
Scroll down for a description of each of these spiritual practices.
The journey will begin with a time of calming and centering that will provide space for all upon arriving to set aside the concerns that they are carrying, to slow down, and to prepare themselves to open their hearts to God and to enter into the rest of the experience more fully.
A supervised children's corner will be available with prayer and art activities.
*Power of 8 will be offered at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. for groups of eight people. Pre-registration is required for this station by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visio Divina: Visio Divina is translated as “divine seeing.” It is an intentional way of praying with images, inviting us to see deeply, beyond first and second impressions, below initial ideas, judgments, or understandings. It invites us to be seen, addressed, surprised, and transformed by God who is never limited or tied to any image, but speaks through them.
Sound Bath: The Columbus Threshold Choir offers light and love through song. We invite the person to receive the gift while resting in a reclining chair, with eyes closed and without conversation. After the song is completed, we allow the person to contemplate the experience through a brief period of silence.
Labyrinth: The labyrinth is a sacred path that is set aside for you to reflect, look within, pray, and negotiate new behavior. The rhythm of walking, placing one foot in front of the other, empties the mind, relaxes the body, and refreshes the spirit. For more information, see https://www.veriditas.org/New-to-the-Labyrinth
Body Prayer: The body prayer is calling in the corners: North, South, East, and West, and welcoming God into us with movement and breath. A meditation will be used as we move that can be said aloud or silently to ourselves.
Welcoming Prayer: The method of the Welcoming Prayer includes noticing the feelings, emotions, thoughts and sensations in your body, welcoming them, and then letting them go. Practicing the Welcoming Prayer offers one the opportunity to make choices free of the false-self system — responding instead of reacting to the present moment. The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen one’s relationship with God by consenting to God’s healing presence and action in the ordinary activities of daily life. For more information, see https://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/category/category/welcoming-prayer.
Power of 8: Gather in a group of 8 for the possibility of healing. Together the group will discern an intention based on the participants’ experiences and desires. After a time to set an intention and a unitive focus, the group will hold hands and begin a 10 minute silent meditation. Following the meditation, participants are invited to share from their experience. This practice is based on the The Power of 8 developed by Lynne McTaggert.