COMMUNITY CHURCH
Thursday, October 18, 2018
An Ecumenical and Inclusive Fellowship of the United Methodist Church
THE LABYRINTH GARDEN
 
A prayer labyrinth is a spiritual tool used to enhance prayer and meditation and walking a labyrinth could help bring us closer to Christ.  Unlike a maze, there is only one route to the center and back out again. Since the destination is known, the labyrinth walker simply puts one foot in front of the other in a symbolic way of honoring the journey itself. For Christians, the center is symbolic of Christ being the center of our lives. 


Regular meditative practice leads to greater powers of concentration and a sense of control and efficiency in one's life. Labyrinth walking is among the simplest forms of focused walking meditation, and the demonstrated health benefits have led hundreds of hospitals, health care facilities, and spas to install labyrinths in recent years. 


 
 
 
 
The CCOP labyrinth was built on September 27th and 28th, 2014 by a crew provided by Phillip Barton, owner of Barton's Landscaping Company. Phil also designed the surrounding garden and provided the original plants and labor for the project. We are grateful to all who donated money for this project and to our Trustees, Bill Long and Ron Howe who built and erected the wooden cross. The Prayer Labyrinth was dedicated in memory of Julie Kolanowski, a former beloved choir director on May 31, 2015. The CCOP labyrinth is located along the left side of the road behind the church leading to the cemetery.
 
There is no "right" way to walk the labyrinth, walk at your own pace. If someone has entered the labyrinth ahead of you, allow them 2-3 turns on the path before you enter. If the person in front of you is slower, you may quietly pass them. If someone is coming toward you in the opposite direction, simply step aside and allow them to pass. After your walk, you may wish to find a quiet place to sit and reflect. Please respect the Church's property and leave no personal items behind so that others arriving after you can experience their own reflections.
 
A LABYRINTH PRAYER
Dear Lord, thank You for this time to be with You. Help me to remember that you are with me now as always, but especially now in this place.
Help me to receive your blessings. Give me the grace to move toward Your light and show me Your peace.
Help me not to forget the words You have spoken to me today. Let Your peace fill my heart, my world. Holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was, and is, and is to come! Amen