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Prayer Walk Guide

As we travel through Holy Week and look forward to the joy of Easter, you are invited to take a contemplative prayer walk. You will visit 12 stops that will enhance your journey, as you walk, reflect, pray, and connect with Jesus. Please allow 30-60 minutes and walk at your own pace, making this your own experience. May the hope of resurrection and renewal give you peace and comfort. 

If walking is not an option, most of the stops on the prayer walk can be seen from your car, as you drive around the church. 

 

Or enjoy the prayer walk from the comfort of your home through the pictures and words below. 

Prayer Guide

Stop #1

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Pray: Ask Jesus to guide you on your journey.

Look at the beautiful stained glass window. This image of Jesus reminds us that He is the good shepherd who will lead, guide, and direct us, on our life’s journey. He cares for each and every one of us.

Stop #2

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Pray: Examine your heart and ask forgiveness for any time you betrayed Jesus.

Look at the crosses on the doors. The palm branches remind us of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. We have been the people who waved the branches, welcoming Jesus, but have we also been the people who betrayed, and turned our backs on, Jesus? This is sacred ground, a sacred walk, as we journey to the cross with Jesus.

Stop #3

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Pray: Thank God for the transforming work of the cross and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Look carefully at the design of the archway. You will see the symbol of the United Methodist Church (UMC) – the flame and cross. This relates the UMC to God through Christ (Cross) and the Holy Spirit (flame). The flame is a reminder of Pentecost when the gift of the Holy Spirit came upon the people, uniting them. They saw “tongues of fire.” The symbol also reminds us that the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, was transformed when he sensed God’s presence and felt his heart “strangely warmed.”

Stop #4

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Pray: Ask God to forgive you of your sins and help you turn away from those things you need to leave behind.

The steeple towers above the community as a beacon, a guiding light, to all who see it. As you look at the steeple, remember that Jesus is always with us and desires relationship with us. We all have sin in our life and when we confess our sins to God, we must repent, which means to turn away. Think of those things in your life you need to confess to God.

Stop #5

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Pray: Thank God for His faithfulness, in good times and bad.

Look at the 2 cedar trees in the  cemetery. They have been there many years, their appearance has not changed much in the last 60 years. They have been there in good times and bad, strong, and full of life. You may notice there are birdhouses present. God loves all creatures, great and small. He gives us shelter in times of storm. 

Stop #6

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Pray: Thank God for the gift of grace, which we do not deserve.

Look at the altar and think of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. Jesus died that we might have eternal life. Think of those things that may be wearing you down, the burdens that you carry with you. Imagine laying those on the altar. How is your journey going? Grace is a gift of God. Have you accepted it?

Stop #7

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Pray: Give thanks for those who came before us, for their lives and their witness.

 Look at the view of the cemetery and around the Columbarium area. As we reflect upon those that rest here, we are reminded of the Communion of Saints, faithful followers of Jesus, living and dead, past, present, and future. We are inspired by these saints to live a life that is holy and righteous.

Stop #8

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Pray: Ask God to show you what you need to renew or resurrect in your life.

Reflect upon the bench and look at the butterfly bush. Butterflies remind us of the hope of resurrection. New buds on trees remind us of renewal and new life. Imagine the birdsong. What do you need to renew or resurrect in your life?

Stop #9

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Pray: Ask God to help us all continue to build bridges for reconciliation and justice.

The marker was placed here in 1951, by the Trustees, and the Intermediate Boys Class who raised funds for the marker, in memory of the African Americans who rest here. Scripture tells us to love one another as Jesus loves us. Take a few minutes to reflect on that.

Stop #10

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Pray: Give thanks for the final footsteps of Jesus and the sacrifice He made.

These memorial dogwoods have been planted in memory of deceased church members. Dogwoods are a symbol of new life, rebirth, strength, durability, and resurrection. The Dogwood flower is also a symbol of being able to endure various difficulties in life. As you near the end of your journey, think about the final steps Jesus took, carrying His cross.

Stop #11

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Pray: Give thanks to God for the heritage of Mount Tabor, and for the many blessings we’ve received over the years.

Though the spring is not visible from here, down below is where Mount Tabor Church began, a beacon of hope in the community. John Alspaugh, a founder of Mount Tabor, and a friend, were riding their horses in the area one day and thought this site would be a good place to build a church. The spring below supplied water to camp meetings held by John Alspaugh, beginning in 1845. It also supplied Mount Tabor Methodist Church until 1925, and Mount Tabor School which was built in 1875, diagonally across the road from the church. Originally logs were used for seats and were arranged on the ground with a platform for the speaker. Later a brush arbor was built to cover the log seats in case it rained. The humble setting below reminds us that God can do great things with small beginnings. We’ve come a long way from a brush arbor to the church you see today.

Stop #12

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Pray: Thank God for His love, that He would sacrifice His only Son that we might have eternal life. Give thanks for the hope of resurrection!

It is amazing to think that the King of Kings hung on a cross, sacrificing His life so that we might have eternal life. Looking toward Robinhood Road, look at the view behind these crosses. What have you walked out today? What might God be calling you to and how might you serve His people? As Easter people we want to go and share the good news to the community beyond.