“Amma, give me a word” labyrinth walk

Come to the monthly labyrinth walk at Church of the Redeeer in Kenmore, Washington, on December 20, 2016, at 7:00 pm for “Amma, give me a word.”

This month walk continues from the teaching of Fr. Jed Fox in adult education on the Desert Mothers and Fathers. Particularly, the tradition of seeking a word for guidance into the future. Everyday folks would go into the desert to find an Abba (man) or Amma (woman) who was living a life devoted to prayer. They would ask Amma or Abba for a word. The word or phrase they received would be something on which to ponder for many days, weeks, months, or—sometimes—a whole lifetime.

Come prepared to let a word choose you. Although it is December, this walk is not a New Year’s Resolution exercise. Rather, this labyrinth walk is to receive that word or phrase which will guide your prayer life and actions in 2017. More instructions will be given before the walk on December 20.

Questions? Just ask Bee Jay, labyrinth@redeemer-kenmore.org.

The third Tuesday labyrinth walks are at Church of the Redeemer, 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. They last from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. Instructions are given, with direction as desired. There are finger labyrinths to “walk” in addtion to large canvas one. There is no charge to participate.

Read Labyrinth walks coming to Redeemer to answer some of your questions.

Reactions to the November labyrinth walk

These are reactions to the walk on November 15, 2016, on gratitude.

Chartres labyrinth

The plan of the labyrinth at Chartres Catheral.

I appreciate Bee Jay’s facilitation of the labyrinth walk this evening. The theme for our walk was gratitude. I chose to use the Chartres table labyrinth for finger walking in order to close my eyes and reflect on all the blessings in my life. I look forward to the monthly walks. I find them to be so peaceful and soothing.  —Debby Wilson

Debby Wilson using a finger labyrinth

Circle of Peace labyrinth

Circle of Peace labyrinth by Lisa Gidlow-Moriarty. “Circle of Peace”is a trademark of Lisa Gidlow-Moriarty.

On Tuesday night I went to Redeemer’s monthly labyrinth walk in the Parish Hall at Redeemer.

Praying the labyrinth is an ancient practice. It looks like a maze, but  it is not. Instead, a single path takes you into the inner circle and leads you back out. At intervals the path turns. These turns are where you may stop to pray or meditate.

If you’ve ever tried seated meditation and were distracted when your crossed legs went to sleep, had a fly droning overhead, or had one thought after another competing for your attention, walking the labyrinth is a different practice. You are standing, moving, and engaged. Thoughts are prayers at every turn. The silence is kept easily by everyone.

In the Redeemer Parish Hall, the space was transformed by the large Circle of Peace™ labyrinth, anchored with four candles. Soft music played and the lights were dimmed. Before we began, Bee Jay gave us some background information, and, if we wanted a focus, November’s theme was gratitude.

Prayer is internal. Walkers are encouraged to pray as they wish.

If you can’t walk, there are finger labyrinths, one of which I used. I chose fourteen things for which I’m grateful, as the prompt suggested. At first I stopped at six things, then I gave myself a kick. C’mon, and I opened up to gratitude. After a few minutes I began tracing the ancient path in prayer. —Teri Howatt

Walkers in the Circle of Peace labyrinth

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal traditionArt and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.