We met on Wednesday nights and read the Psalm for the coming Sunday as the inspiration for our creativity and spark for our prayer.
We used a modified Lectio Divina to focus our experience of the scripture:
One person reads the Psalm out loud, the listener paying attention to words that linger or even jump out,
Another person reads the Psalm out loud, the listener noticing what images emerge and appear.
Then, we read through the Psalm silently, noting what the scripture may be whispering directly to us.
On the tables before us we had an array of markers and pens, colorful paper, scissors and glue,
with these art supplies and a journal, we put on paper a bit of what what the Psalm was revealing to us in that sacred moment.
My creations from this experience bring me joy, so even though they are simple and look a bit silly I'm going to share them.
Psalm 118: 19-29 (CEB)
Open the gates of righteousness for me
So I can come in
And give thanks to the Lord!
This is the Lord’s gate;
Those who are righteous enter through it.
I thank you because you answered me,
Because you were my saving help.
The stone rejected by the builders
is now the main foundation stone!
This has happened because of the Lord;
It is astounding in our sight!
This is the day the Lord acted;
We will rejoice and celebrate in it!
Lord, please save us!
Lord, please let us succeed!
The one who enters in the Lord’s name
We bless all of you
From the Lord’s house
The Lord is God!
He has shined a light on us!
So lead the festival offering with ropes
All the way to the horns of the altar.
You are my God—I will give thanks to you!
You are my God—I will lift you up high!
Give thanks to the Lord
Because he is good,
Because his faithful love lasts forever.