Chain of Lakes Church

Prayer Walk

Sunday, June 2, 9:30am

              This Prayer Walk resource includes adaptations from the book, Celtic Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community, HarperCollins, New York, N.Y., c. 2002, pages 144-153.  The original prayers used for these adaptations are attributed to Brigid of Kildare (circa 450 AD – 523 AD) who, legends of that region say, was ordained a Bishop after she formed a religious community of women famed for their generosity and hospitality. Some of her prayers were intended for a house blessing, and what could be more appropriate for us than to adapt her prayers for this “House of God,” where people will be Building Love Inside Out. Bible passages cited are from the Harper Collins Study Bible, NRSV, c. 2006.  

  • Prayer Station 1: The Cross
  • Read Colossians 1:19-20: In Jesus Christ, all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Jesus, God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
  • Prayer: Thank you, Mighty God, for inspiring the cross to remain a symbol for Christians throughout the ages. Thank you that this cross has stood as a symbol of the person of Jesus Christ in the midst of The Lakes neighborhood. The cross of Jesus is a symbol of the fullness of your presence on earth, a symbol of your gifts of reconciliation and release, and a symbol for the peace you seek to bring among all people.  May this ground always be holy ground, a place where people build love inside out. 
 
  • Prayer Station 2: The road to the Chain of Lakes Church building
  • Read Psalm 143:10 and Luke 9:57: Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Let your Spirit lead me on a level path. . . As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
  • Prayer: Gracious God, on this level path, you have been leading your Chain of Lakes Church people. In time, this dirt path will become a roadway where many people will park their cars and strangers will become friends, friends will become disciples, and together, the disciples will continue to impact the world.  We pray that on this road, may your will be done and your Spirit lead your people to be an authentic, true-to-Jesus Christian community. 
 
  • Prayer Station 3: Looking toward the neighborhood
  • Read Matthew 22:36-39: “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”Jesus said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.”  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
  • Prayer: God, is it really a question for us to ask: Who is my neighbor?
Who are the ones you call us to love and to help? We look at these homes that surround our church And see in each home a family or a single person. Each house is a home with people like us: People who are learning how to live the best life they can. Cast your blessing upon each of these homes And the people who live in them and visit them. And send us outside ourselves to help them where needed, To encourage and support and assist them. From this neighborhood May strangers become friends, And friends become disciples Who impact the world with your love.  Amen.    
       
  • Prayer Station 4: At the doorway of the building
  • Read Luke 11:9-11 – Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
  • Prayer: May God’s blessing be upon the church building that will be here.
May God’s blessing be upon this doorway. May it always be an open and welcoming doorway. May God bless this house of love inside out, From roof to floor, From wall to wall, From end to end, From its foundation and in its covering. In the strong name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, May all people be welcomed here without judgment, All disturbance cease, Captive spirits be freed, And God’s Spirit dwell within these walls To save, shield and surround This house, this church, This day and every day, This night and every night.  Amen.      
 
  • Prayer Station 5: The Community Life Center
  • Read Romans 15:7 – Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
  • Prayer: God, thank you for a friend’s love in the gentle heart of the Savior.
For love of Jesus, we offer friendship and welcome to every guest. Lord, kindle in our hearts a flame of love to my neighbor, To strangers, to friends – my kindred all, From the lowliest thing that lives To the name that is highest of all. May this be a place of love’s warmth For there is a fiery power In the gentle heart of the Spirit. Our hearts are agreed As we prepare for worship, For fellowship, For building love inside out In the name of the Lord.  Amen        
 
  • Prayer Station 6: The Offices
  • Ephesians 4:11-13 – The gifts God gives are that some will be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.
  • Prayer:Gracious Lord, we pray for all who will work in these rooms.
May the joy and peace of heaven be with them And with all who enter to share in building love inside out. May peace be between person and person, Peace between all who work here, The peace of Christ above all peace, Peace but never complacency. May God the Father be the guardian of this place, May the love of Jesus inspire all work done, May the Holy Spirit bring lightness and laughter, Strength and comfort, Help and healing.  Amen        
 
  • Prayer Station 7: The Kitchen Read Psalm 104:14-15 and 27-28
  • You, gracious God, cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the heart, oil to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart . . . All creatures look to you to give them food in due season. When you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
  • Prayer: God of all peoples, inspire us to welcome all:
Strangers, friends and disciples. We seek to put food in the eating place, Drink in the drinking place, Music in the listening place, And look with joy for the blessing you would give us. For you often come to our church In the blessing of a stranger. May all food prepared and served here Contain a full measure of your love, That all who are served may be filled with your goodness. May the fullness of your grace extend to all, Both servant and those served.  Amen.        
 
  • Prayer Station 8: The Nursery and Youth Rooms
  • Read Matthew 19:13-15– Then little children were being brought to Jesus in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray for them.The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, ”Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” And he laid is hands on them blessed them, and went on his way.
  • Prayer: May peace be here, the peace that is given by the creator God,
The peace of Christ above all peace. May the Lord’s blessing of peace and protection be upon all children Who gather here to experience love as Jesus loves them. May the Lord’s blessing be upon all children Who gather here trusting all others To teach them and to treat them with honor and respect. May the Lord’s blessing be upon all children Who come eager to learn in a place of well-being. May the Lord’s blessing be upon all children To whom the kingdom of heaven already belongs. May everyone watch over and protect our children As each child teaches us older ones what the kingdom of heaven is. Amen.  
     
  • Prayer Station 9: The Music Study Room
  • Read Psalm 57:9-11 –

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the people; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens; Your faithfulness extends beyond the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, Let your glory be over all the earth.  

  • Prayer: Our hearts are full of thanks for you, O God –
We are grateful for the joy that music inspires in us and among us. In this music room women, men and children will practice On instruments and with voices As they seek to lift up praise to you To honor you and bless you. Receive our humble thanks as we are mindful Of the musicians who have led us in the past, The ones who are leading us now, And the musicians who will lead us in the future. For their gifts of time and talent, we give thanks.  Amen.      
 
  • Prayer Station 10: The Gymnasium
  • Read Zechariah 8:3-5 – Thus says the Lord: I will return to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts shall be called the holy mountain.Thus says the Lord of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of their great age.  And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.
  • Prayer:We remember now, O Lord, that your vision of a holy city includes a scene where children are playing together. May you, with that same vision of old, now bless this function called “playing”, that young and old may experience in this gymnasium the joy of good sports.  We also pray that this space may become a safe space, not only for playing, but also in times of potential weather dangers.  May people gather here to be sheltered by you as you care for your people. Shelter them from harm, according to your steadfast love. 
   
  • Prayer Station 11: The Worship Center
  • Read Psalm 95:6-7 and Romans 12:1-2 – O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the sheep of his hand . . . I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.
  • Prayer: This room will be our worship space, gracious God, a space where minds, hearts and souls will turn to you
For praying, For singing, For teaching, For learning, For renewing, For discerning. Here, people will turn to you in joy and in sorrow, in pain and in good health, in good times and in bad, in happiness and in grief.  May you bring joy and may you bring comfort – to each as has need. Come, Holy Spirit, build love inside out.  Amen.    
   
  • Prayer Station 12: The Community Garden
  • Read Genesis 2:8-9a – And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food . . .
  • Prayer:God of all ages, we remember in this moment that a garden is where humanity started and today a garden is where we finish our prayer walk with you and with each other. As we look to this garden, we also look beyond it and are thankful to you for all the ways you provide food for our bodies.  Continue to strengthen us physically as well as mentally and spiritually.  We also look beyond this garden to the community around us: to The Lakes neighborhood, to the neighborhoods beyond The Lakes, and to the surrounding north metro area. These are the nearby places to which you have called us to build love inside out.  May we always look “out” for those people in our community, reaching out to those who need help.  Bless us with a bounty of talents, time and treasure to help where help is needed. Remind us always to build love inside out.  In your name we pray, Amen.