Praying with Art: “The Beautiful Mess”

Painting Status: This painting belongs to Woodland Hills Church of St. Paul, MN. It was inspired by a sermon by its Pastor Greg Boyd Phd.

Matthew 16:9-21

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend 5 minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the breath and listening to Jesus say over and over, “Take up your cross and follow me.”
  • Pray with this piece of art in the way of Lectio Divina.
  • Spend the first 3 to 5 minutes listening to the piece of art.  What image captures your attention?  What meaning do you attach to this image for you?
  • Spend another 3 to 5 minutes engaged with this piece of art.  What do you see more deeply?  What is God’s message for you in this message?
  • Spend a third 3 to 5 minutes with “The Beautiful Mess.”  What cross are you bearing today?  Listen for a call to action from God.
  • Give thanks to God for the expression of art, imagination, and any new messages you have received today.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 28, 2011,  the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 105: 1-6, 23-26, 45c
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.


Praying with Art: Moses and the Burning Bush

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Exodus 3:1-15

 

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend 5 minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the breath.
  • Pray with this piece of art in the way of Lectio Divina.
  • Spend the first 3 to 5 minutes listening to the piece of art.  What image captures your attention?  What meaning do you attach to this image for you?
  • Spend another 3 to 5 minutes engaged with this piece of art.  What do you see more deeply?  What is God’s message for you in this message?
  • Spend a third 3 to 5 minutes with Moses and the Burning Bush.  Listen for a call to action from God.
  • Give thanks to God for the expression of art, imagination, and any new messages you have received today.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 28, 2011,  the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 105: 1-6, 23-26, 45c
Romans 12:1-9-21
Matthew 16:21-28
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.


Matthew 16: 21-28 Take up your cross and follow me

Matthew 16:21-28

21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” 24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? 27 “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28 Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend five to fifteen minutes in silence paying attention to the breath.
  • Remember a time when you have been a stumbling block.
  • Where do you feel this stumbling block in your body?
  • Send your energy to soften this place in your body.
  • Invite God’s forgiveness and healing in this place.
  • Take time to forgive yourself, accepting the forgiveness and love of God.
  • Invite yourself to soften this place in your body gently to it might become more open and free.
  • In this experience what cross do you bear?
  • What do you lose?  What do you gain?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer, embracing the stumbling block(s), and inviting new opening(s).
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 28, 2011,  the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 105: 1-6, 23-26, 45c
Romans 12:1-9-21
Matthew 16:21-28
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

Romans 12: 9-21 – Overcome evil with good

Romans 12:9-21 (NRSV)

9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation using your deep breathing to guide you.
  • Notice the word of phrase that captures you.
  • Meditate on this word or phrase for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Read the text a second time.
  • What word or phrase stands out for you?  Is it the same or different?
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • Read the text a third time.
  • What call to action to you hear?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and opening.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 28, 2011,  the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 105: 1-6, 23-26, 45c
Romans 12:1-9-21
Matthew 16:21-28
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.