Walking the Labyrinth
You are invited to walk the labyrinth in person from 10am-3pm Monday – Friday during the 40 Days of Prayer. There is no ‘correct’ way to walk the labyrinth; it is simply a tool to create time and space for you before God. You may find the suggestions below helpful to guide you as you walk.
Move at your own pace as you ask for God’s guidance on our pastor search process, that God would be preparing our next pastor, our church and you, personally, for the next season of ministry for First Baptist Church.
PREPARE: Remove your shoes before walking the labyrinth. Imagine setting foot on holy ground. Be still and take a deep breath. Ask God to meet you on this journey.
JOURNEY IN: As you walk along the path toward the center of the labyrinth, be mindful of each step that you take, letting go of the worries and concerns that you carry.
Ask God to empty you of all that keeps you from following Him more fully and to create space for all that He wants to do in you and through you. Offer to God some of the prayers for our search committee, our next pastor and our church contained in this guide.
CENTER: Rest in the center of the labyrinth with God. Linger in God’s presence. Listen for what God may prompt in you.
JOURNEY OUT: As you return along the same path, consider how God may be prompting you to respond to your time of prayer: an action to take, something to let go or to take hold of. Continue to pray for the calling of our next pastor as you walk the remaining steps of the labyrinth.
EXIT: Before you exit the labyrinth, stop for a moment and thank God for all the ways that he is present to you and provides for you and for our church. Thank God for the ways that he will lead us to our next pastor and into God’s future.
If you are unable to come downtown to walk the labyrinth in person, you can use the ‘finger labyrinth’ contained in the 40 Days guide. Simply trace your finger around the labyrinth as you pray, moving at the same slow and deliberate pace as you take each ‘step’ in prayer.