January 2011: Blessing
welcoming people into God’s presence. We used a version of these Epiphany prayers from Christine Sine
people talked about the thresholds they crossed in 2010,the new things they did, using one of these words as a prompt: planned, unexpected, welcome, ambivalent
Introduction to blessing
Writing blessings for others
We invited people to write a blessing for someone not at the service, then to put it in an envelope and send it to them.
Blessings in surprising places
Several people shared stories of finding blessing in surprising places.
Blessing the world
We invited people to write on a large sheet of paper a topic/issue/place that needed blessing and then one word that describes the blessing they want to see there. Two people used these words, blended with a blessing from Benedictus, to create a prayer/liturgy
Receive a blessing
People were invited to come forward and to be blessed – anointed with oil, laying on of hands using blessing from Benedictus
We said the Aaronic blessing from Numbers 6 to each other.
Final final blessing
As people leave to go into the café they were showered with confetti