COCU41B.3June2018

Readings 
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20);
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18;
2 Corinthians 4:5-12;
Mark 2: 23-3:6

Contemplative activity
Joanna (Spacious Faith) describes an activity for Psalm 139 that adds deeper meaning to this beautiful and meaningful psalm.
To begin, find a quiet space and gather your supplies – a Bible, blank paper or sketchbook journal page, black pen, pencil, ink pad (optional)
To engage in the practice
Sit quietly for a few moments. Take several slow, deep breaths and ask God to make you aware of the Spirit’s presence with you.
Read Psalm 139:1-18 slowly and prayerfully – aloud if possible (or if in a group settting, take turns to slowly read a verse at a time).
Lay one hand on the blank paper and trace around it with the black pen.
Turn your hand over and examine the lines on your palm. Use the pencil to lightly sketch in your palm lines. (The purpose is not to get the lines perfect, but to pay close attention to this one small part of your amazing body.)
As you trace your hand and sketch in your palm lines, know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Imagine the intimacy of God knitting you together in your mother’s womb. Realize that God knows the curve of each finger, each line on your palm.
If you want, you can also use an ink pad and place your thumb and finger prints in the drawing. Look closely at your fingerprints – nobody else in the world has fingers exactly like yours.
Now begin writing out Psalm 139, writing the words around the outside of your hand drawing–up the side of the hand, then around each finger and down the other side. When your text has gone all the way around the hand drawing, simply make a second row of text.
You might want to write all of Psalm 139:1-18, or you might pick out the verses that speak most deeply to you in the moment. (A shortened version for writing out would be verses 1-7 and 13-16.)
After you have written the scripture around your hand, simply place your hand inside the drawing. Allow God to speak to you. Accept the reality that God knows you deeply and loves you deeply.

 

 

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Rev Sandy Boyce is a Uniting Church in Australia Minister (Deacon) in placement at Pilgrim Uniting Church, in Adelaide CBD (12 Flinders St). This blog is mainly to resource worship planners for our services, but of course may be useful for others. We have some great writers of music, words for hymns and liturgy at Pilgrim, so this blog also includes their words.
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