The words we speak can make a difference in our life and the lives of those around us and a powerful way to share love and respect is by sharing a blessing. Begin today to speak blessings into the lives of others and not only will you see the blessing of God in their lives, you will know the blessings of God in your life also. Download and print the blessings below. There are also copies available in the brochure racks just outside of the church office. They can be used as resources for blessings of important milestones in your life and the lives of others.
A blessing for those who grieve
A blessing for retirement
A blessing for gathering
A blessing for reunions
A blessing for a garden
A blessing for a house
A blessing for moving day
A blessing for leaving home
A blessing for sending
A blessing for marriage
A blessing for a new baby
A blessing for the new schoolyear
A blessing when caring for aging parents
A blessing when having to move for care
A labyrinth is a prayer tool, or as some say, a prayer in motion. It's a path which leads to a central point and back out again. It is not a maze, as there are no dead-ends and no way to get lost (although you can get lost in your prayers.) Labyrinths have been used by various cultures in a variety of ways for over 3,500 years. In the Middle Ages, the Roman Catholic Church began using the labyrinth and it has more recently became a meditative prayer tool used by many Protestants.
First Lutheran has a portable labyrinth that can be set up in the Activity Center, Upper Room and Commons. For more information, contact Sunni Richardson, Director of Discipleship.
Click here to download an instructional brochure to help you walk a labyrinth.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice reaching out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls or Peace Shawls, the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The ritual of prayer continues each time the stitcher picks up the shawl. When the stitcher is finished with the shawl, a final blessing is offered and the shawl is sent on its way. Prayers continue as the recipient is wrapped in the shawl made with love and prayer and a blessing offered. Thus, the blessing ripples from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional love and embrace of God.
Click here to download an instructional brochure for making a prayer shawl.
First Lutheran is fortunate to have a group of people who are committed to praying for others – intercessory prayers. The Prayer Team lifts up prayers from our congregation about illness and healing, worries and joys, death and new life. They receive a prayer list on a weekly basis by e-mail. The information is considered confidential and those praying will be sensitive to your privacy. The prayer list includes names and not specific details about the prayer needs.
If you have a prayer request that you feel is for the Pastors only, just indicate it when you make a prayer request. We will honor your request.
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence; Sarah Young
Fresh Bread and Other Gifts of Spiritual Nourishment; Joyce Rupp
Water Come Down (Day You Were Baptized); Walter Wongerin, Jr.
Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People; Nadio Bolz-Weber
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion; Sara Miles
Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals; Shane Claiborne
Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann; Walter Brueggemann
Immortal Diamond The Search for Our True Self; Richard Rohr
Radical Hospitality - A Benedict's Way of Love; Father Daniel Homan and Lonni Collins Pratt
With Open Hands; Henri J. M. Nouwen