Praying Hands Station

“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 (NRSV)

Directives:  Sometimes that deep feeling toward God simply cannot be expressed in words.  Meditate on the above scripture.  Using the paper and paints before you, let your fingers sing a song of color to God.  Whatever you are feeling, do not be afraid to express it in the colors you use, and even the texture of the strokes you use.  When you are done, lay it out to dry on the drying table and use the washbasins to clean up a bit.  At the end of the service you may take your painting if you like.

Supplies Needed:  Finger Paints, Paper, Bowls of Water and Paper Towels on Tables (so that people can rinse fingers between color changes)

For Clean Up:  Pitcher/Jug of Water, Wash Basin, Paper Towels, Trash Can, and Wipes

This station can be used in so many ways and contexts of worship and/or retreat settings.  It could be used in the context of joy and praise or lament.  It could be used as a response to people hearing scripture read or a sermon preached.  This station lends it self for people to move beyond words to connect with God in a deeper and unique way.  The hands-on nature of this station fosters a guttural response that resonates with the core of who people are.  It also tends to push people a bit out of their comfort zone and help them to connect with their inner child and grasp a glimpse of their authentic self.


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