Thinking of God…

 

Why should I be anxious?

It is not up to me to think of myself.

It is up to me to think of God.

And it is up to God to think of me.

– Simone Weil  1909-1943

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • This Sunday, set aside for worship, think of God.
  • Let go of any thoughts that make you anxious or keep you from being in God’s presence.
  • Do all you do today for the glory of God.
  • Your plans don’t need to change.
  • Do all you do today for the glory of God.
  • As you sit in silent meditation, open yourself to be available to the glory of God.
  • Notice, however, if your plans do change (because your focus is for the glory of God as you move toward the cross.)
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • How will you live for the glory of God tomorrow?
  • Give thanks to God for this time at the cross and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, March 4, 2012, the Second Sunday in Lent Year B 
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:23-31
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD


Praying with art: Where am I in the body of Christ?

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • The mosaic inlay represents individuals coming together as the body of Christ.
  • Where are you in the body of Christ?
  • Focus on one tile that represents you.
  • What color are you?
  • What shape are you?
  • Are the edges smooth?  rough?  both?
  • How do you reflect light with the color next to you?
  • Name those in the body with you.
  • What color are they?
  • How do they reflect light in the body?
  • Bring your focus out to the full picture of the cross.
  • What do you notice about your position in the body of Christ?
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • What is God’s message for the body of Christ?
  • Give thanks to God for this time at the cross and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, March 4, 2012, the Second Sunday in Lent Year B
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:23-31
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38

Mark 8:31-38 Seek the cross…

He who seeks not the cross of Christ,
seeks not the glory of Christ.
-John of the Cross

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • If you have a hand or pocket cross, pick it up and hold it. If not, imagine holding this one.
  • Seek the glory of God in the cross.
  • Notice the details in the cross:  the grain of the wood, the imperfection of the clay, the range of color. What captures your attention in the cross?
  • How does your life reflect the details you notice?
  • Where in your life do you need to bring the details of the cross?
  • What is God’s message for you?
  • Focus again on the cross.
  • Is there a call to action for you from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time at the cross and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, March 4, 2012, the Second Sunday in Lent Year B 
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Psalm 22:23-31
Romans 4:13-25
Mark 8:31-38

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD