Prayer Spiral: Paper Bags and Candles

Words and pics from the Prayer Spiral at last weekends Common Rule Retreat…

Introduction
Today Chappo led a discussion with us entitled “If Jesus is the Answer, What is the Question?”
 
We had a chance to think about and express the questions we have of life and faith?
 
The big 3 were:
 
1.What do you want out of life?
 
2. What was the last thing that made you think about God?
 
3. What question have you never had a proper answer to?

Tonight we want to invite you to walk the prayer spiral we have set up outside, made up of our questions, the questions of Jesus and some of the responses the younger kids have produced today.
 
It’s a chance to think about what is the question that is most urgent or animating in your life right now?
 
The cups in the spiral represent our personal questions. 
 
You may wish to take a cup and write your question upon it or simply light a candle.  It may be a response or your prayer to your experience of being on the Common Rule Retreat today
 
The paper bags in the spiral are Questions that Jesus asks of people?
 
Today we considered that Jesus is as much ‘Questioner of our Answers’ as the ‘Answer to our Questions’ and that the way Jesus teaches people is often not to give easy answers but to ask us questions that take us deeper into honesty and truth.
 
Around the spiral are 125 questions that Jesus asks.  You may wish to write one that is important to you on a paper bag.
 
As you journey on the spiral to the cross you are invited to light a candle from the cross and place it in your personal question glass or in a Jesus question bag.  As you leave the spiral you can leave your candle in the bag or glass to further mark the spiral.
 
It is a symbol of the questions of Jesus, merging with our own and lighting the path for ourselves and others on the way.

 

Jesus Questions:
 
Consider the question of Jesus that might be most relevant for you today?
 
You may wish to write one on the paper bag.
 
Light a candle from the cross at the centre of the spiral.
 
Place the ‘illuminated’ question on the spiral to light the way for yourself and others on the way out.
 
Personal Questions
 
What is the question that is most urgent or animating in your life right now?
 
What question have you never had a proper answer to?
 
Take a cup and write your question upon it or simply light a candle at the cross at the centre of the spiral.
 
It may be a response or your prayer to your experience of being on the Common Rule Retreat today.

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3 Replies to “Prayer Spiral: Paper Bags and Candles”

  1. Hi Marcus – my husband Josh made contact with you a number of weeks ago (fellow cricket tragic from Adelaide). We are helping to run a retreat with a group of 18 year olds on developing a rule of life/giving them a taste of spiritual direction etc and wanted to use your idea of the prayer spiral/questions etc. Do you have any other tips/suggestions to help it work?? Thanks for sharing your resources. PEACE

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