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the path to the cross

The Path to the Cross: Prayer Path

Why a Prayer Path for Lent?

The word Lent means “springtime.” For forty days, Christians churches all around the world take up spiritually renewing practices. Walking a path marked by crosses is one of those practices. Following in Jesus’ footsteps, we take time to remember the great sorrows and joys of Jesus’ life. We consider how these are our sorrows and joys too: the testing & misunderstandings, the distress, humiliation, betrayal, but also the surrender and the deep knowledge of being held and led by God.

Our prayer path begins by the front door of the church. Painted footsteps point your way along this path. A new station will be added each week, with three added during Holy Week - Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Pick up a printed prayer guide to lead you along the path, or a QR code at each station allows you to listen to an audio version of the prayer guide. The art work at each station is by Lucinda Naylor.

Has a need for springtime brought you today? Is there a need or fear, a question or a hope you carry in your heart as the world continues its journey through pandemic, conflict and other huge changes? Come walk the prayer path and see how God might hear and meet your honest prayers.

We have a Saviour who truly understands our anxieties and fears! He faced all the same sorrows we do, yet never stopped trusting God. For this reason, we also do not lose heart, but fix our eyes on him, walking in his footsteps to and through the cross. (from Hebrews, chapters 4 & 12)

Take as much time as you need and use only what is helpful in the materials provided. You might want to make a commitment to walk the path each week of Lent as the prayer path grows. If you come every week, you may want to spend the most time at the newly placed station.

If anything about your time of prayer needs conversation, or if you would like to know more about the cross-shaped Way of Christian spirituality, please come inside between 9 and 4 o’clock daily or contact us to make an appointment to see a pastor or elder of this church.  

While we encourage you to engage in the practice of embodied prayer, each station will be added online weekly for those who are unable to physically join us.

Station One: Tested

Station Two: Misunderstood

Station Three:  Surrendered

Station Four: Betrayed

Station Five: Distressed 

Station Six: Humbled

Station Seven: Held

Station Eight: Led