We tried something unique this year and had a time of interactive prayer and reflection. We had several different stations with scripture, prayer, and meditation prompts.
We began by writing our names in red paint on a card and piercing the card with a nail.
As we looked at our names on our cards, we were reminded that Christ put Himself in the place that we deserved to be. He faced death head on.
He stood in the darkness; experiencing the collapse of life and the apparent demise of God’s plan. But only for a short while...
The next station asked us to consider what it means to redeem time. We can redeem our time by getting our priorities right and allocating our precious time to things that matter.
Jesus told us that the two things that matter most are loving God and loving others.
We took another card, wrote down a personal time waster, and pierced the card with our nail.
The following station challenged us to give up our burdens. There were small boulders we placed in a backpack and put over our shoulders.
God doesn’t want us to carry our burdens. He asks us to lay them down at the foot of the cross. He wants us to surrender our burdens to Him.
We wrote down our burdens on a card and pierced the card with our nail.
We had a station on conflict, reminding us that we are people, and relationships are messy. We wrote down conflicts we are dealing with, pierced the card with our nail, and prayed for resolution.
During the next station we meditated on the betrayal of Jesus. We picked up coins, felt the weight, and considered the areas in our lives in which we have sold out. We wrote it out on a card and pierced the card with our nail.
We were then presented with the opportunity to take communion and meditate on Christ's sacrifice.
While taking the elements, we were prompted to watch the screens on stage. Several scriptures and videos played, providing a visual reminder of the events leading up to Christ's death on the cross.
Once we were finished with communion, we continued on to the final station.
The final station prompted us to take our nail with all our sin, burdens, and conflict and nail it to the cross knowing that once we lay them at the foot of the cross, we are forgiven and free.
Christ diverted what was heading our way. After three days He reached out His scarred hands and pushed back the face of death. He wrecked the murderous plot that had been set in motion all those thousands of years before. He overcame and achieved what we never could... full forgiveness and a real relationship with a God who loves us!
What a wonderful time of reflection before we gather to celebrate Christ's resurrection this Sunday! I hope to see you all there!