Written by Mary Nelson, youth pastor, Rural Chapel United Methodist Church in Galena, OH
Today’s Daily Faith Practice isn’t exactly a Daily Faith Practice, but an invitation to grow deeper with Jesus during this Holy Week. When I was in my early 20s my roommate and I used to call Holy Week “Emotional Rollercoaster Week.” We went from Palm Sunday, to The Last Supper, to Good Friday (the death of Jesus) and that led us into the Easter season. We loved Holy Week and everything it entailed and yes, sometimes we cried and got emotional while we reflected on the events of Holy Week. This year I know it seems different with everything that is going on, but I really encourage you to take some time and come out to the church property sometime this week and pray through the prayer stations that are set up outside on the church property.
These will focus on the fall of Adam and Eve then jump into the last few days and moments Jesus spent on this earth. These stations are a way for you to grow in your faith and allow this Holy Week to truly let you reflect on what it meant for Jesus to die for us.
You will start at the front doors of the church, then at the end of each station you will be told where the next station will be. Most materials you will need are there. (The only thing you can consider bringing is a hammer and 1 nail per person in your family who is with you. I ask that the pens you use you take with you so we do not spread germs.)
If you cannot make it to the actual property, you can still benefit by reading the stations in this document.
Each one gives you a reading, a reflection and some kind of action. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you are at the church and it seems the papers haven’t held up through wind or weather please reach out to me via email, call or text.
I hope you all have a wonderful Holy Week and lead up to Easter!
Love in Christ,