Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Ash Wednesday is a time of contemplation and reflection. We invite you to stop by between 11:30 am – 12:30 pm for ashes or join us in the evening for dinner and a special service.
- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Sanctuary open for prayer, finger labyrinths available.
- 8:00 – 9:00 am | Ashes to-go at WCDC during morning drop-off.
- 11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Ashes to-go in the Sanctuary.
- 5:30 pm | Dinner available in the Gathering Space. $6 for adults, $4 for children, $20 for families.
- 7:00 pm | Ash Wednesday service in the Sanctuary.
[accordion title=”What is a Prayer Labyrinth?” active=”no”]The labyrinth is a tool to use in contemplative prayer and meditation. Labyrinths are often confused with mazes. But while a maze has dead ends and blind alleys, the labyrinth has only one path leading both in and out of the center. The labyrinth is flat. One can always see the center. The destination is assured, so that the mind can be still and attentive to God.
Walking this ancient design while praying gives double benefit. It calms the mind, relaxes the body, and reduces stress. For Christians who walk it, this tool provides a space that guides the mind and heart in prayer. The path is a metaphor for our journey in Christ.
There is nothing “magical” about the labyrinth. There are no tricks the walker must figure out to walk it. There is only one path. The walker sees the design laid out before her or him throughout her or his walk. Yet, there is the mystery of prayer; that we somehow communicate with our creator and our creator communicates with us! The Holy Spirit’s work within us enables us to pray. The scripture says, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8: 26 – 27)