The prayers stations offer a variety of ways to pray and reflect during the service, providing prayer stones, adult coloring sheets for meditative prayer, opportunity to write confidential prayer slips, to indicate on a map where prayer is being focused, as well as well as to light candles in memory of someone who has died or in prayer for someone who is struggling.
For Grace, Chesapeake this is a particularly meaningful service to pray for one another, as the congregation has an ongoing ministry that holds one another in prayer throughout the year, “during this time of year we can get so busy and forget how this season affects others. It’s important to make space where it’s okay to feel hurt, and not forced to be happy,” said Pastor Leslie.
This year, the service is being held at Grace Lutheran on December 21st. The timing of the service is purposeful, as the 21st is the winter solstice and darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. On this darkest day of the year, the congregation and surrounding community at Grace are invited to come with honest yearnings, seeking the return of light and hope.